Valencia: Team Alstare Suzuki Saturday report

RAIN PUTS A DAMPER ON PROCEEDINGS TODAy. After yesterday's dry conditions, today saw a damp track for most of the day, with Superpole declared a "Wet Superpole". The Superpole session then saw the sixteen fastest riders have a maximum of twelve...

RAIN PUTS A DAMPER ON PROCEEDINGS TODAy.

After yesterday's dry conditions, today saw a damp track for most of the day, with Superpole declared a "Wet Superpole". The Superpole session then saw the sixteen fastest riders have a maximum of twelve laps in which to set their quickest lap and determine their position on the grid.

Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Yukio Kagayama struggled with grip problems, but managed to post the eighth quickest time overall and so end up on the second row of the grid. His team mate Max Biaggi also struggled this afternoon, mainly with front end problems, and ended up with the twelfth fastest lap and so will start tomorrow's pair of 23-lap races from the third row of the grid. Troy Bayliss (Ducati) posted the fastest time in Superpole, with a lap of 1:51.982, just ahead of local favourite Ruben Xaus (Ducati). Third quickest is Josh Brookes (Honda), with Troy Corser (Yamaha) fourth.

YUKIO - 8th, 1:53.634
Conditions today were very difficult and it was easy to crash. It was important to concentrate at every corner, otherwise big problems. It was slippery everywhere on the track and very hard to understand how much grip you had - or did not have. What happened in every corner depended on your luck! When I came back in at the end, I had to check my hair had not turned white with the stress! I hope it is dry tomorrow, but then we might have a different problem because I haven't enough dry time to find a good set- up for the bike.

MAX -12th, 1:55.196
I don't think I have the best set-up yet on my bike so I cannot relax and ride it as a I want to. The problem in both the wet and dry is the front end feeling and that is stopping me from pushing hard. We had this problem when we tested here recently and we have not solved it yet. I know that I've always been in good in the wet in the past - normally in the top four - so to be this far down the grid is not such a good feeling for me. I don't know what the weather will do tomorrow, but I'll be trying my hardest in both races for sure.

-credit: tas

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Max Biaggi , Troy Bayliss , Ruben Xaus , Yukio Kagayama