2005 Superbike World Championship Round 2, Phillip Island, Australia DOMINATION TIME BY THE ALSTARE SUZUKI DUO. It was another superb day for the Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra 'dream team' of Troy Corser and Yukio Kagayama in the second round of...
2005 Superbike World Championship
Round 2, Phillip Island, Australia
DOMINATION TIME BY THE ALSTARE SUZUKI DUO.
It was another superb day for the Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra 'dream team' of Troy Corser and Yukio Kagayama in the second round of the Superbike World Championship at Phillip Island. Troy scored a magnificent double in front of his home fans and team mate Yukio backed him up with a couple of second places. Troy totally dominated the first of the two 22-lap races and was leading the second by a considerable margin when it was red-flagged due to rain after thirteen laps. The second part was a 'wet race' and this time Yukio crossed the line ahead of Troy, but when the times were aggregated, Troy took the win by a comfortable margin. In race one, Troy cleared off almost from the start and nobody got anywhere near. At the end, his margin of victory was over eight seconds. Yukio took runner-up spot, with Chris Vermeulen (Honda) third, some four seconds behind. Fourth was Max Neukirchner (Honda) ahead of Andrew Pitt (Yamaha) and Norick Abe (Yamaha). The second race's two-parter, saw youngster Neukirchner took a tremendous third, behind Troy and Yukio. Fourth was Vermeulen ahead of the Ducatis of Nieto and Corradi.
Race 1: 1st, Race 2: 1st
I was disappointed not to take Superpole yesterday, but I did say then that today would be much more important. In the dry, the Alstare Suzuki has been working really well and I knew that I could win today. My start was OK and once I got into the lead, I felt very comfortable and I was able to run my own laps and leave the rest to fight each other. As the race progressed I felt very relaxed and was a bit surprised that nobody got near me. It was a great feeling to win at my favourite racetrack and especially when I saw all the fans waving their flags and cheering. I was in control of the second race when the rain came down and it was stopped. I felt sorry for the fans, but it was absolutely the right decision because the track was very, very slippery and even before we returned to the pits, there were a few crashes. The second part was very wet and when Garry (McCoy) crashed right in front of me, I had to go off the track to avoid him! Yukio and I swapped the lead, but he wanted to win and I knew I had a time advantage, so I didn't try to re-pass him. At the end of the day, this was a perfect result for me and the team.
Race 1: 2nd, Race 2: 2nd
I am a very, very happy man today and so thank you to my team for making me so happy. Troy-san was very fast at the start of the first race and there was no way I could catch him, but I was happy to be on the podium in second place. I was very lucky in race two because when it was stopped, I think I was only in sixth place. When the second part began, Troy was fast again, but later on I was able to catch him and then go into the lead. It was very slippery and I had many slides, but I still gave it a lot of gas because that is the way I ride! I took the chequered flag, but I knew that Troy was the winner, because he had been so far ahead in the first part. But two runner-up spots is a great feeling for me and I am so very happy.
Race 1: 1 CORSER (Aus-Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra), 2 KAGAYAMA (J-Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra), 3 Vermeulen (Aus-Honda), 4 Neukirchner (D-Honda), 5 Pitt (Aus-Yamaha), 6 Abe (J-Yamaha), 7 Laconi (F-Ducati), 8 Muggeridge (Aus-Honda), 9 Walker (GB-Kawasaki), 10 Bussei (I-Kawasaki),
Race 2: (aggregate) 1 CORSER (Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra), 2 KAGAYAMA (Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra), 3 Neukirchner, 4 Vermeulen, 5 Nieto (E-Ducati), 6 Corradi (I-Ducati), 7 Laconi, 8 Abe, 9 Bussei, 10 Sanchini (I-Kawasaki),
1 CORSER (Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra) 91, 2 KAGAYAMA (Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra) 85, 3 Laconi 54, 4 Vermeulen 50, 5 Neukirchner 37, 6 Abe 33, 7 Pitt 31, 7 8 Toseland 22, 9 Bussei 20, 10 Nieto 17,
2005 Supersport World Championship
Round 2, Phillip Island, Australia
JAVI JUST MISSES TOP TEN
Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Javi Fores suffered a heavy crash in the morning warm-up today and was still sore when he started today's 21-lap race. He was fighting for a top ten place with Cogan, but overshot Honda corner and had to rejoin the track. By the time he recovered, Cogan was too far away and so he had to settle for eleventh instead. Pole-sitter Sebastien Charpentier (Honda) and local hero Kevin Curtain (Yamaha) fought each other for the lead, but once Charpentier hit the front, he took command and eventually ran out the winner by over three seconds. Behind Curtain there was a terrific race-long battle for third spot between the Hondas of Foret, Fujiwara and Fabrizio. Fabrizio crashed out with less then four laps left, leaving Foret to take the final podium spot, just twenty-three hundredths of a second ahead of Fujiwara. Van den Goorbergh (Ducati) took fifth, with Stigefelt (Honda) sixth.
JAVI - 11th
I am not so happy today. In the morning I had a big crash and I think I destroyed my number one bike! My numberr two bike did not have such a good set-up, so I knew I was in fora hard job. I also banged my head a little and I had a bit of a headache in the race. I wanted to be the top Suzuki and I was challenging Cogan in the race, when I maybe went in a bit too hot on the approach to Honda corner and overshot. By the time I got back on the track, Cogan was too far away to catch, so I just had to ride for a finish.
1 Charpentier (F-Honda), 2 Curtain (Aus-Yamaha), 3 Foret (F-Honda), 4 Fujiwara (J-Honda), 5 VD Goorbergh (NL-Ducati), 6 Stigefelt (S-Honda), 7 Parkes (Aus-Honda), 8 Chambon (F-Honda), 9 Lauslehto (SF-Honda), 10 Cogan (F-Suzuki), 11 FORES (E-Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra),
1 Charpentier 45, 2 Fujiwara 38, 3 Curtain 33, 4 Foret 27, 5 Parkes 19, 6 Chambon 17, 7 Fabrizio 16, 8 FORES (Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra) 13, 9 Lauslehto 13, 10 VD Goorbergh 11,