Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra news Valencia World Superbike tests, 12-13 March 2005 Circuit: 5.380 kms Weather: Dry, sunny/cloudy Saturday 12th March. TROY LEADS THE WAY! Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Troy Corser ended the first...
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Valencia World Superbike tests, 12-13 March 2005
Circuit: 5.380 kms Weather: Dry, sunny/cloudy
Saturday 12th March.
TROY LEADS THE WAY!
Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Troy Corser ended the first day of the Valencia tests exactly where he wanted to be - at the top! His time of 1:35.911 was just over two tenths of a second quicker then his nearest rival Regis Laconi (Ducati). Chris Vermeulen and his Honda team mate Karl Muggeridge posted the third and fourth fastest times today, ahead of the Yamahas of Jose Luis Cardoso and Noriyuki Haga.Troy's team mate Yukio Kagayama suffered problems with grip today and finished ninth quickest - not bad considering that he has only ridden here once here before, three years ago in a test.
"The track conditions kept changing, but strangely enough I found that the grip was better when it was cooler. There is so much rubber on the track from the F1 cars that test here, that it can get very slippery when the track warms up. Today, I have been concentrating on testing some new parts, so I haven't been pushing very hard. It's good fun to know that everybody is concentrating on what I am doing and trying to chase me."
"I am happy today to be learning the track again. Valencia is a very technical circuit. I do not like it so much, but I am sure I would if I was in the top three. Today, like Troy, I have been trying new parts and tomorrow we may try some different gear ratios. I am sure I will improve my times tomorrow and I hope to chasing Troy at the front."
1 TROY CORSER (Aus-Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra) 1:35.911, 2 Laconi (F-Ducati) 1:36.147, 3 Vermeulen (Aus-Honda) 1:36.411, 4 Muggeridge (Aus-Honda) 1:36.913, 5 Cardoso (E-Yamaha) 1:37.191, 6 Haga (J-Yamaha) 1:37.256, 7 Gimbert (F-Yamaha) 1:37.447, 8 Toseland (GB-Ducati) 1:37.476, 9 YUKIO KAGAYAMA (J-Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra) 1:37.498, 10 Pitt (Aus-Yamaha),
Valencia World Supersport tests news
JAVI IN TOP TEN ON DAY ONE
Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Javi Fores suffered grip problems, but rode steadily to claim a top ten spot at the end of the first day of the two-day tests. The Spanish rider was not happy because the level of grip changed throughout the day and so he was unable to force his way higher up the order. Frenchman Sebastien Charpentier posted today's fastest time, with a lap of 1:38.020, ahead of fellow Honda riders Michel Fabrizio, Katsuaki Fujiwara and Fabien Foret.
"I have been working on getting a good balance on the bike and getting used to my World Supersport machine, which is quite different to the machine I rode last year. The changes in grip in the track made life difficult and we will will probably make some changes to the suspension tomorrow to see if it helps. The team gave me a target of 1:40.5 and I managed 1:40.6, so I think we were all pretty happy at the end. Tomorrow I will be going for a high 1:39 and I want to make sure that I am the fastest Suzuki again."
1 Charpentier (F-Honda) 1:38.020, 2 Fabrizio (I-Honda) 1:39.255, 3 Fujiwara (J-Honda) 1:39.256, 4 Foret (F-Honda) 1:39.265, 5 Nannelli (I-Ducati) 1:39.740, 6 Parkes (Aus-Yamaha) 1:39.968, 10 JAVI FORES (E-Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra) 1:40.613,