Phillip Island: Team Alstare Suzuki Saturday report

SECOND ROW FOR MAX. YUKIO A NON-STARTER. Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Max Biaggi will the team's sole representative in tomorrow's races at Phillip Island. Max's bike was sliding around during his Superpole lap and the time lost was ...

SECOND ROW FOR MAX. YUKIO A NON-STARTER.

Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Max Biaggi will the team's sole representative in tomorrow's races at Phillip Island. Max's bike was sliding around during his Superpole lap and the time lost was enough to relegate him to the second row of the grid. His team mate Yukio Kagayama is a non-starter tomorrow as he will still be in hospital in Melbourne after his crash yesterday afternoon. Although Yukio suffered no broken bones in the fall, the doctors there declared him not fit enough to take part in the races tomorrow. Superpole was won by Troy Bayliss (Ducati), with James Toseland (Honda) second, Troy Corser (Yamaha) third and Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha) fourth.

MAX - 5th, 1:33.928

I experienced quite a few slides on my Superpole lap and that prevented me from going any faster. If it hadn't been for the slides, I would've been on the front row for sure. It's a shame, but it's still possible to win from the second row of the grid here as the first turn is a long way off. My bike is more or less set-up OK for the race, but we'll make a few small adjustments in the warm-up tomorrow morning and see if we can improve it. The bike has been suffering a little from vibration, front and rear, and that hasn't helped going fast in the turns. Also, the traction could be a bit better, but it's another area we'll look at in the warm-up. It would've been good to have a bit more track time today, but it's the same for everybody and now it's time to think about the race. I'm still hopeful of a couple of podiums.

-credit: tas

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Max Biaggi , Troy Bayliss , Noriyuki Haga , James Toseland , Troy Corser , Yukio Kagayama , Phillip Island