Yamaha Superbike Teams are race ready
After visiting the Losail International Circuit twice during pre-season tests, Noriyuki Haga and Troy Corser (both Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team) appear to be all set for the 2008 World Superbike season. Both riders have shown their speed on the 2008 spec YZF-R1, being top runners in all three pre-season tests at Qatar and Phillip Island. Having worked through various new and updated components and making sure all parts have been properly checked, the team is confident and ready to race.
As track conditions at the Losail track are not optimal at present - and heavy winds are predicted for the first days of the upcoming race weekend - the team is in the fortunate situation of having gathered lots of data from the previous outings.
Shinichi Nakatomi (Team YZF Yamaha) was also out testing recently in Qatar in preparation for the start of the year, running his 2008 spec Yamaha YZF-R1 machine in his one-man team.
Troy Corser (Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team)
"During the winter tests we tried a few new parts, with the variable intake settings for example, and we found a lot of positive results over the past tests. We have put in enough laps in order to be confident. Hopefully the track will clean up a bit as the grip conditions can be quite treacherous out here, especially if the wind is blowing this hard. Whatever conditions we are facing, I am eager to get started, that's for sure."
Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team)
"We have to see tomorrow how the conditions will be and start working from there. If the weather allows us we would like to get some specific suspension settings double checked but all-in-all I am ready for this race and the season ahead."
Massimo Meregalli (Team Coordinator, Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team)
"After the last weeks testing we are quite optimistic, we encountered no real big problems. The overall feeling is positive within the team. I guess we have a strong package with both the riders and the 2008 YZF-R1. We are ready to go out and fight for podium spots with Troy and Nori."