Valencia: Team Alstare Suzuki race report

TROY TAKES A PAIR OF SECONDS. Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Troy Corser had to settle for a pair of second places at Valencia today. He led Troy Bayliss (Ducati) for the best part of the two 23-lappers, but had to give way to his ...

TROY TAKES A PAIR OF SECONDS.

Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Troy Corser had to settle for a pair of second places at Valencia today. He led Troy Bayliss (Ducati) for the best part of the two 23-lappers, but had to give way to his fellow countryman in the closing stages both times. Lorenzo Lanzi (Ducati) took third spot in both races, with Abe (Yamaha) and Haga (Yamaha) fourth and fifth in both races. Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Yukio Kagayama had a weekend to forget. After his concussion yesterday and badly bruised right hand, he was far from fit. Nevertheless he battled superbly in the opening race and took a well-deserved sixth place. The second race was following a similar pattern, until he lost the front going into the first hairpin and crashed out. Fortunately he didn't do any further damage to his right hand, but he did hurt his right leg in the process. Alstare Engineering Corona Extra rider Fabien Foret scored his first points of the season with a fifteenth in race one and a thirteenth in race two.

TROY Race 1: 2nd, Race 2: 2nd
I'm happy, but also frustrated today. Happy because I took two seconds and also because I know I couldn't have ridden any harder than I did. I tried my best, but I couldn't overtake Troy (Bayliss) after he had passed me in both races. That was kind of frustrating, but I could see his bike was working the tyres less than mine and in the end, the difference between us was marginal. In race one I got a pretty good start and managed to pull out a bit of a gap, but in the later part of the race he caught me up when my tyres started to go. When he passed me, I tried to get back at him, but he could run a bit faster than me and I just couldn't do it. It was much of the same in the second race. I built up a pretty good lead, but I got a false neutral going into the first hairpin and was lucky not to crash. That was enough for Troy to close the gap. I had to adjust the clutch slip during the race and although it was only a tiny problem that and tyre wear prevented me from catching and passing him.

YUKIO Race 1: 6th, Race 2: DNF
The weekend was not so good for me and maybe it's better that I forget it. The crash yesterday meant that my right hand was not strong and, because Valencia is a very physical circuit, I couldn't brake as hard as normal. Also it made changing direction much more difficult. In the first race, I had a good fight with a group of riders and I enjoyed this battle. I could only use one finger to brake, so I could not go in as deep and hard as normal. If I hadn't had the problem, I think I could've caught Haga and Abe ahead. In the second race I crashed at the hairpin, but I am not exactly sure why. I went into the turn, braked as usual and suddenly I was down without any warning. I was using a medium front tyre in race two (compared to a hard front in race one), so maybe that was part of the problem.

FABIEN Race 1: 15th, Race 2: 13th
All in all, I'm pretty happy with the weekend because it has been a good experience - my first ever Superpole yesterday and then scoring some points today. In the first race, I made a good start and the first five or six laps were not so bad. But, I think the tyre choice was wrong and that together with a small suspension problem didn't allow me to lap as fast as I had expected. So, I was not happy after race one. My start in race two was OK and I was in a good group - Toseland, Barros etc. I enjoyed the battle and was happy because my lap times were consistent. This race weekend I feel I have made another step forward and gained a lot of experience. My next step is to qualify better and improve my finishing positions.

-tas-

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Troy Bayliss , Troy Corser , Fabien Foret , Yukio Kagayama , Lorenzo Lanzi