Valencia: Suzuki Alstare Saturday report

SUPERB FRONT ROW FOR LEON, SYLVAIN JUST BEHIND. Team Suzuki Alstare rider Leon Haslam ended final qualifying and Superpole today with the fourth quickest time and will start tomorrow's pair of 23-lap races from the front row. Practice and ...

SUPERB FRONT ROW FOR LEON, SYLVAIN JUST BEHIND.

Team Suzuki Alstare rider Leon Haslam ended final qualifying and Superpole today with the fourth quickest time and will start tomorrow's pair of 23-lap races from the front row. Practice and qualifying at the Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo had been intense and at one stage the top eighteen riders were separated by less than a second! Superpole qualifying was just as frantic with the lead changing hands several times during the three sessions, but Leon stuck to his task and was rewarded with a front row place. His team mate Sylvain was going well also, but ended up one tenth of a second adrift of a front row place and sixth overall. Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha) took Superpole today, with local favourite Carlos Checa (Ducati) second and Max Biaggi (Aprilia) third. Troy Corser's fifth (on the BMW) means that five different manufacturers fill the top five places.

Leon - 4th, 1:33.961
I'm pretty happy how today went, though there's still work to do. The biggest problem for us at the moment is the temperature, because that is affecting how the bike works. Generally, I'm happy with the bike on race rubber and I'm also happy with the balance and set-up of the bike. Normally twins go well here, but when the four cylinder bikes have good grip, then they are a match for the twins and that's what we've seen today. We'll make a few minor tweaks to the bike in the warm-up tomorrow morning and see if we can improve the bike further. I'm feeling pretty confident that we're going to get some good results tomorrow and hopefully leave here still leading the championship.

Sylvain - 6th, 1:34.073
I think I've got back into my rhythm this weekend, perhaps even better than Australia, and I'm feeling good. I am a little disappointed with my last qualifying tyre, but that's because I made some small mistakes and even the tiniest of errors can cost you dearly because the lap times are so close together. This track is not an easy one for overtaking, so it's important to get good starts and be with the leaders, if you want good results. If the weather stays like today, it's going to be two long, hard races tomorrow for all of us.

-source: suzuki alstare

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Max Biaggi , Carlos Checa , Troy Corser , Leon Haslam , Cal Crutchlow