TEAM ALSTARE READY FOR BRNO. After the successful tests at the Eurospeedway Lausitz, Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra have just time for a very short break before the Czech round of the championship in Brno this weekend. The team packed...
TEAM ALSTARE READY FOR BRNO.
After the successful tests at the Eurospeedway Lausitz, Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra have just time for a very short break before the Czech round of the championship in Brno this weekend. The team packed all their gear away on Monday evening and began the journey from the former East Germany and into the Czech Republic and will have just a day or so to prepare for Brno. Both reigning champion Troy Corser and Yukio Kagayama were pleased with their Lausitz tests and felt that they had sorted out some of their recent problems.
Brno is fast, flowing and, at 5.403 kilometres, one of the longest on the SBK circus. It is a circuit much loved by riders and fans alike and last year Troy won the first race and took runner-up spot in the second, but it was not such a good day for Yukio, who could only take a pair of elevenths.
I'm very happy with our tests in Lausitz and, although it is not the best track for testing things, we were able to work on some of the stuff that caused us a few problems recently. At the end of the tests I felt much happier with the clutch and I also think we made some steps forward with regards to the electronics. I never really pushed for any lap times, but we did about three simulated race distances and they went very well. I like racing at Brno - it is a proper racetrack - and had some good results there last year. I'm hoping to repeat that success this year and make up for Misano. The title race is far from over!
I am happy after our test programme at Lausitz and we made some good results there. We worked on many ideas and I was particularly happy with a suspension setting we tried that made it more easy for me when I brake hard. Also, some clutch improvement and a little change to some of the electronics will be better for us I feel. Last year I did not have such a good weekend at Brno, so my goal for this year is to make a big improvement. I hope to begin that with a good grid place, two good starts and two good results - I need that and I want that!