Valencia: Team Alstare Suzuki preview

After the Valencia and Misano tests, this weekend's race at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit marks the real start of the European season for Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra. Troy Corser, Yukio Kagayama and Fabien Foret will all be aiming to build on...

After the Valencia and Misano tests, this weekend's race at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit marks the real start of the European season for Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra. Troy Corser, Yukio Kagayama and Fabien Foret will all be aiming to build on their positive tests results in Italy and Spain.

Troy and Yukio are hoping to perform as well as they did last year on the Valencian circuit when Troy totally outclassed his opponents, with a double victory and Yukio took a superb third and fourth. It will be Fabien Foret's first time on a Superbike at Valencia and he's hoping to increase his knowledge of his new bike and finish in the points.

Troy Corser: "I am happy because we did an excellent job during the tests - in Valencia and Misano. We solved a couple of problems which slowed us down in the first two rounds. This allowed us to work on finding a good set-up for the bike and I think we're heading in the right direction now. The lap times were good and I will be going all- out to win both races in Valencia. For sure, they're going to be a couple of tough races, but if the conditions are favourable, there's no reason why we can't come away with really good results."

Yukio Kagayama: "It was not the season's start I had dreamed of. Two DNF's in Qatar was a disaster, particularly because I was about to win the first race! I was not at my level best in Australia, but the break between Australia and Spain helped me regain my concentration and my determination. The last tests have allowed us to do important development on both the bike and the engine. I'm on top form and I think I can play a major role in this weekend's races and end up on the podium both times."

Fabien Foret: "After the first two races, my morale was a little low, but the lap times proved that we progressed a lot during the two tests. In Valencia, I'm hoping to make it into the Superpole for the first time and finish in the points. After that, my aim is to be a consistent top fifteen finisher, with maybe some top ten placing as well."

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Troy Corser , Fabien Foret , Yukio Kagayama