Valencia: Team Alstare Suzuki race report

UNSTOPPABLE TROY! Not content with dominating qualifying and Superpole, Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Troy Corser ran away with both races today - annihilating the opposition in the process. Troy led the first race from start to finish...

UNSTOPPABLE TROY!

Not content with dominating qualifying and Superpole, Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Troy Corser ran away with both races today - annihilating the opposition in the process. Troy led the first race from start to finish and took the chequered flag over nine seconds ahead of his nearest competitor. Second was Chris Vermeulen (Honda), with Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Yukio Kagayama third.

Troy had to work a bit harder in race two after Andrew Pitt (Yamaha) got the holeshot and led the first lap. But on lap two, Troy made his move and from then on in, the result was never in doubt. This time the margin of victory was less - just over five seconds - but the demoralising effect on his rivals was just the same. Once again Chris Vermeulen took runner-up spot after a terrific battle with Chris Walker who finished third.

TROY - Race 1: 1st, Race 2: 1st

It's been a perfect weekend and I want to thank the whole Alstare team for making it all possible. Conditions were very variable today - due to the change in track temperature - but we had done all the groundwork in qualifying and were ready for anything. I used the same rear tyre for both races but it didn't work as well in race two - because the temperature was higher. The first race was pretty comfortable for me and I just controlled things right from the start and left the rest to sort themselves out. In race two, I was a bit surprised to see Andrew (Pitt) get off the line ahead of me and lead into turn one. I wanted to pass him as soon as possible because I wanted to run my own race, so I overtook him on lap two. I then pushed quite hard for about eight laps and made a bit of a break, but in doing that I think I must have worn the rear tyre out a bit. So then, I eased the pace, conserved the tyres and kept and eye on my pit-board. The wind in race two was a bit of a problem because it was different in different parts of the circuit. But, it was great to do another double and extend my lead in the championship to thirty-one points.

YUKIO KAGAYAMA - Race 1: 3rd, Race 2: 7th

Today I am a lucky man - or maybe double lucky. In the first race, I had moved up to fourth, with Norick (Abe) in third but too far away. Then he crashed two laps from the end and suddenly I was third and on the podium! I was also lucky in the second race, because I didn't crash! I had very little feeling in my tyres - maybe because of the high track temperature - and I overshot one turn because I had no grip. I recovered OK, but the leading group was too far to catch. After that I had to go more slowly because I knew I would crash if I went faster. I am happy for Troy-san and our team and I am still second in the championship, so I think I am a lucky man today.

-tas-

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Andrew Pitt , Chris Walker , Troy Corser , Chris Vermeulen , Yukio Kagayama