Valencia: Team Alstare Suzuki Saturday report

SUPER POLE MAN! Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Troy Corser lived up to his "Mr Superpole" reputation by comfortably taking Superpole at Valencia today. It was his thirty-first pole position in World Superbikes and his time of 1:35.676...

SUPER POLE MAN!

Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Troy Corser lived up to his "Mr Superpole" reputation by comfortably taking Superpole at Valencia today. It was his thirty-first pole position in World Superbikes and his time of 1:35.676 was half a second faster then his nearest rival, Chris Vermeulen (Honda). Third quickest was Regis Laconi (Ducati), with Max Neukirchner (Honda) fourth. Troy's team mate Yukio Kagayama made a small mistake exiting turn two which upset the rhythm of his lap and pushed him down the order to ninth.

TROY CORSER -1st, 1:35.676

I have to thank my Alstare Suzuki team because they've done a great job. Our test here before Phillip Island went very well and we started with that set-up. The front end is working really well and I've more or less chosen my tyres for the race. I'll only change my mind if the conditions are different. It's going to be a couple of long, tough races tomorrow and tyre conservation is going to be very important - especially if it is hot. My Superpole lap went quite smoothly and there were no dramas on it. In fact, I felt pretty comfortable this afternoon and now all I need to do is to try and translate that into a couple of wins tomorrow.

YUKIO KAGAYAMA - 9th, 1:36.875

I made a small mistake in turn two and that affected the whole lap. This track is like that - if you make a mistake in one place it messes up the rest of the lap. The mistake means that I will start the races tomorrow from the third row and that is not going to be so easy. I need a very good start but, if I get that, I feel that I can catch the leaders. I know what lap times I can do, so I think a podium - or two - is still possible. I will give it full gas and try my hardest - as usual.

-tas-

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Troy Corser , Chris Vermeulen , Yukio Kagayama , Max Neukirchner , Laconi Régis , Phillip Island