San Marino: Team Alstare Suzuki Saturday report

MR SUPERPOLE STRIKES AGAIN!! Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Troy Corser fully lived up to his 'Mr Superpole' nickname, by storming to the yet another Superpole victory. The conditions were sweltering at Misano this afternoon, but Troy...

MR SUPERPOLE STRIKES AGAIN!!

Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Troy Corser fully lived up to his 'Mr Superpole' nickname, by storming to the yet another Superpole victory. The conditions were sweltering at Misano this afternoon, but Troy rode smoothly and fast to post a lap of 1:35.330 - over three tenths of a second ahead of his nearest rival Chris Vermeulen (Honda). It was Troy's 32nd pole position in World Superbikes - eleven more then his nearest challenger (and former team boss) Carl Fogarty. Third quickest today is Regis Laconi (Ducati) , with Karl Muggeridge (Honda) fourth. Troy's team mate Yukio Kagayama made the smallest of mistakes in his Superpole lap and just missed out on a front row grid position. He finished fifth fastest overall and will start tomorrow's pair of 25-lap races from the second row of the grid. Considering that this is his Misano debut, fifth is a superb effort and, if he gets a good start tomorrow, he could be a podium contender.

TROY - 1st
I knew I probably would be down on time in the first sector of my Superpole lap because that part has been a bit of a concern so far. For these two days, I've taken turn one a bit cautiously and that's what I did on my Superpole lap. But, I knew I could make up time on the second and third sectors, so I pushed harder there and managed to make up the time without too much of a problem. I'm pretty happy because I wasn't pushing very hard at all , so there's a bit more to come if needs be. The heat is going to be a problem if tomorrow is the same as today. I don't think anybody is going to be able to make a break, so it's going to be all down to the last few laps. Everybody's tyres will be gone by then, so it may depend on who has been able to conserve their tyres the best. I am not thinking about the championship because I want to win races. However, I am not going to risk anything stupid and put myself in a difficult position. I will try for the win for sure, but will be happy to take a couple of podiums and maybe keep or extend my championship lead.

YUKIO - 5th
I made a couple of little mistakes on my Superpole lap and lost some time. Otherwise I am sure I could have been on the front row of the grid. But, fifth place is good because this is my first visit here and I am still learning the track. We have not spent so much time trying different tyres because it is more important for me to have a good feeling with the track first. I think that it is possible for me to get one or two podiums tomorrow and I will be fighting for that. Of course, if it is very hot, I will experience tyre problems, but this will be the same for everybody, so I just have to ride hard and not crash.

-tas-

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Troy Corser , Chris Vermeulen , Yukio Kagayama , Carl Fogarty , Karl Muggeridge , Laconi Régis