Valencia: Alstare Suzuki preview

Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra news 2005 Superbike World Championship Round 3, Valencia, 24th April, Preview TEAM ALSTARE SUZUKI LOOKING TO REIGN IN SPAIN. The third round of the 2005 Superbike World Championship takes place at the Ricardo...

Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra news
2005 Superbike World Championship
Round 3, Valencia, 24th April, Preview

TEAM ALSTARE SUZUKI LOOKING TO REIGN IN SPAIN.

The third round of the 2005 Superbike World Championship takes place at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit, Valencia on Sunday 24th April and is the first race of the season in Europe. For many teams, the early start (Qatar in February) followed by the longest trip away (Phillip Island, Australia) has been a bit of a trial, but not for Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra. The two rounds and four races have seen Alstare Suzuki take a clean sweep of four wins. Series leader Troy Corser has good memories of the Valencia circuit, having done the double there in 2001, to add to his win in 2000. The 4.005 kilometre rack is one that is used extensively for testing, so even Troy's team mate Yukio Kagayama has some knowledge of the circuit, which is regarded as one of the more technical ones in the calendar.

TROY CORSER

I guess we all know Valencia circuit pretty well, because we all test there a lot. It is quite a technical track and it helps to have a good bike set-up and be smooth. The first two rounds this year have been amazing for all of us in the team and the atmosphere is tremendous. The expectation within is very high and now our competitors know they are in for a tough time. It's a really good feeling knowing that everybody is worrying about us and trying to catch us. I certainly prefer to be leading and the others chasing, then the other way round. At the moment, my strongest rival is my team mate Yukio. After all, we have the best bike and he is a hard rider, so he has to be my main challenger. However, now that we are back in Europe, I expect the others to start challenging us again. Ducati will be desperate to put one over us and Yamaha and Honda are going to get stronger and stronger. It is a long, long season, so my aim is to stay consistent, get on the podium as many times as possible and take each race as it comes. If I can do that, I should be in a good position at the end.

YUKIO KAGAYAMA

Since the last round in Australia, I have moved to Belgium with my family and now I am ready for Europe. I also have my motorhome with me, so I have somewhere to go at every race. Valencia is a hard circuit - and really not one of my favourites - but I went pretty well there in the tests, so I am hoping that I can carry on improving my knowledge of the bike and the tyres when we start practice. The Alstare Suzuki is a very good bike and I am enjoying riding it. My style is a little 'shaky' and for me it does not matter if the bike is moving around - I like it! Troy-san is a smoother rider then me, but our bike set-ups are not so different. In fact, I think I could ride Troy's bike without too much of a problem. I have had one victory this year, so my aim in Valencia is to take another one - with Troy in second place of course!

-tas-

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Troy Corser , Yukio Kagayama , Phillip Island