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SUPERMAX! Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Max Biaggi stunned everybody by storming to second place in Superpole despite never ever having done a Superpole lap before. He had qualified fifth overall in regular qualifying, but a super...

SUPERMAX!

Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Max Biaggi stunned everybody by storming to second place in Superpole despite never ever having done a Superpole lap before. He had qualified fifth overall in regular qualifying, but a super smooth lap of 1:58.724 saw him finish just behind Superpole winner Troy Corser (Yamaha). Third quickest was James Toseland (Honda), with Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha) fourth. Max's team mate Yukio Kagayama made a few mistakes on his Superpole lap and ended seventh and so will start tomorrow's pair of 18-lap races from the second row of the grid.

MAX - 2nd, 1:58.724

Superpole was another new experience for me and I can tell you that I was a bit nervous before I started it. I didn't want to make any mistakes or crash, so I tried to ride as smoothly as I could and get round in the best time. I am very happy because my Superpole lap was the fastest lap I've done this weekend and it means that I am well-placed on the front row of the grid. The bike is working well and I am enjoying all these new experiences, but what matters now is what happens in the races tomorrow. I think we can make a good result and for that I have to thank my Alstare team for all the work they've done. I am just sorry that Francis (Batta) is not here to see us and I hope he watches it on TV and we can give him a good result.

YUKIO - 7th, 1:59.964

I think I made small mistakes almost all round the circuit in my Superpole lap and that lost a lot of time. That was mainly because I did not have a good feeling with the qualifying tyre. Maybe I was a bit too aggressive in the first part and by the time I smoothed myself out, it was too late. But my set-up for the race is good - better then for Superpole - and I am confident that I can make good results. After all, second row at this track is not so bad, because the first turn is a long way from the start. As long as I make a good start, I can be on the podiums.

-credit: team alstare suzuki

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Max Biaggi , Noriyuki Haga , James Toseland , Troy Corser