Successful test for Team Alstare Suzuki in Australia. Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra completed a very successful four day test at Phillip Island and left Australia in a happy and positive mood. Strong winds hampered proceedings on the final...
Successful test for Team Alstare Suzuki in Australia.
Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra completed a very successful four day test at Phillip Island and left Australia in a happy and positive mood. Strong winds hampered proceedings on the final day but by then Troy and Yukio had already completed most of the work they had set out to do. Troy did a race simulation faster than his race last year and finished the tests nearly three quarters of a second quicker then his nearest rival. Yukio was only able to do his race simulation on the final day - in conditions the other rides described as 'scary'. However, Yukio knows no fear and completed the race distance without any major dramas. Unlike most years, the tests were not blighted by large seabirds and the only wildlife to put in a track appearance was a kangaroo on day two just as Troy was going round Honda corner. Fortunately he saw it in time and was able to take avoiding action.
I was happy with our preseason tests at Phillip Island last year and I'm even more happy this year! These four days have been very positive for all of us and we've done a lot of very useful work. The 2006 bike feels better then last year's bike already and although there are no major changes, a lot of things are working better and I feel very comfortable on the bike straightaway. The engine feels better (both in mid-range and top end) and, thanks to all the work we've done, the electronics are working better as well. I can easily adjust more things on the bike and that's a great feeling to have at this stage. The 2005 GSX-R1000 Alstare Suzuki was a great bike, so there was no need to make any radical changes, but this year's bike feels really good. I'm also happy with the progress Pirelli have made and looking forward to even more improvements. Overall, I'm very happy how the tests have gone and feel ready to race this bike tomorrow!
The tests were very good and very positive for our team. There were no problems and no crashes, though the last day was a little dangerous because of the strong winds. There was a very big tailwind when I was doing my race distance simulation and going into turn one was a little scary - but no big problem for me. There were a couple of other turns on the track where I had to be careful, but I was determined to do the race distance, so I stuck it out. I just couldn't push as hard as I wanted to, because I did not want to crash. I think the 2006 bike is an improvement over last year's bike. For me the engine feels a little stronger and I'm happier with the front suspension now. We tried many things over the four days, including spending a lot of time on the electronics. It's an area where you need to spend time away from a race weekend, so it was good to make progress there also. Like Troy-san, I am happy and feel ready for the first race. I'd like the same start as last season please!
Troy' s overall best lap 1:32.'79
Yukio's overall best lap 1:33.50
<pre> Unofficial times TROY CORSER Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra 1'32.79 Steve Martin Petronas 1'33.40 YUKIO KAGAYAMA Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra 1'33.50 Norick Abe Yamaha Motor France 1'34.5 Sebastien Gimbert Yamaha Motor France 1'34.6 Shinichi Nakatomi Yamaha Motor France 1'35.1 Craig Jones Petronas 1'35.6