Portimao: Suzuki Alstare Saturday report

FRONT ROW FOR LEON Team Suzuki Alstare rider Leon Haslam will start tomorrow's pair of 22-lap races from the front row of the grid after a dramatic Superpole 3, which saw the lead change hands several times in the ten minute session. In the end,...

FRONT ROW FOR LEON

Team Suzuki Alstare rider Leon Haslam will start tomorrow's pair of 22-lap races from the front row of the grid after a dramatic Superpole 3, which saw the lead change hands several times in the ten minute session. In the end, Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha) took Superpole, with a lap of 1:42.092, almost one and a half seconds inside the lap record. Second was Max Biaggi (Aprilia), with Carlos Checa (Ducati) third and Leon fourth. Leon's team mate Sylvain Guintoli just missed out on a second row spot on the grid and will start on the third row. Leon - 4th, 1:42.596

I'm really happy with the race set-up of my bike, but I'm a little unhappy that I didn't get my qualifying tyres to work as well in Superpole. I think I would've gone faster in Superpole 3, if I had used a race tyre, but the front row of the grid is OK. The track's grip has improved since yesterday and I was consistently able to do 1:42s on race rubber, so I'm feeling very positive about the races tomorrow. Today, when the track temperature was higher, the grip was not as good, but that happens quite often.

In tomorrow's warm-up, we'll run back to back tests with both bikes, with just small adjustments to see if we can improve further. There were no dramas for me today, really, except one time when I was on a fast lap and got baulked by Max (Biaggi). Otherwise everything is OK and I'm looking forward to getting two good starts and two good finishes.

SylvaIn - 9th, 1:42.984

I'm happy with my bike set-up, but not so happy with my position in Superpole. I should've gone faster in Superpole one, when I was on race tyres, but for some reason I didn't. Now, I know I've got a lot of work to do - and make especially good starts - if I am to get good results. I struggled in some parts of the track today and although all of them are not sorted out completely, the main problem area has been solved. I don't think we'll make any changes to the bike in the warm-up tomorrow. The bike feels good, so the rest is up to me!

-source: suzuki alstare

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Max Biaggi , Carlos Checa , Leon Haslam , Sylvain Guintoli , Cal Crutchlow