Alstare Suzuki Valencia test, day two

Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra news Valencia World Superbike tests, 12-13 March 2005 Circuit: 5.380 kms Weather: Dry, sunny/cloudy Sunday 13th March. THE TROY AND YUKIO SHOW! Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra riders Troy Corser and Yukio ...

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Valencia World Superbike tests, 12-13 March 2005
Circuit: 5.380 kms Weather: Dry, sunny/cloudy
Sunday 13th March.

THE TROY AND YUKIO SHOW!

Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra riders Troy Corser and Yukio Kagayama showed that the recent success in Qatar was no fluke by posting the first and second fastest times in the two-day Valencia tests. Troy dominated yesterday and was still on top of the pile with less then five minutes left on the clock today. His team mate Yukio had been struggling all weekend with grip problems, but stuck on a soft rear in the closing minutes and just went for it. By the time he had completed his flying lap, his time was just over a tenth of a second slower then Troy, but more importantly he had leapfrogged his rivals and had slotted into second place. Aussie Chris Vermeulen (Honda) finished third quickest overall, with Regis Laconi (Ducati) fourth, ahead of Karl Muggeridge (Honda) and Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha).

TROY - 1st, 1:35.566
"I am really happy with these two days of tests because we have been able to try a lot of different things and have many good ideas and good directions to move towards. We tried different pivot positions, played around with the rear shock and the geometry and I am happy with how it has all gone these two days. It went exactly how a test should go - very productive. I tried a few starts because I knew I had to work on them after Qatar. And I managed them pretty well, so I'm in good shape there also. I think I could have done a flat 1:35, but I made a little mistake on my quick lap, but it doesn't matter because nobody went any quicker. I also want to congratulate Yukio for doing a good job. All weekend, he was struggling a little, burt he pulled one out of the bag right at the end and that was a hard thing to do. It's great to leave a test with the top two times and also because of all the good things we found out here. Now we are in a good position for our next race in Phillip Island for sure."

YUKIO - 2nd, 1:35.698
"Over the two days I had some problems with rear end grip. We tried many different settings and adjustments, but the resuts were always more or less the same. But because we tried many different things, we managed to get a lot of very useful information and many good ideas to work with. Over the two days, I never found a perfect setting, but I know which directions we should take and that is good. Valencia is a funny track because the track conditions change a lot depending on the temperature. And that effects the tyres and grip of course. When I set my fastest lap today - right at the end - it was the first time I had used a very soft tyre. The rest of the time, I had been only on race rubber. But I did not want to end the test just in the top six or so - I wanted to be the first! In the end, I was second, but with Troy first, it is a good result for our team."

Superbike overall best times for two days)

1 TROY CORSER (AUS -- Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra) 1.35.566 126 laps; 2 YUKIO KAGAYAMA (J -- Alstare Suzuki Corona) 1.35.698 134 laps; 3 Chris Vermeulen (AUS -- Honda) 1.35.724 126 laps; 4 Regis Laconi (I -- Ducati) 1.35.881 126 laps; 5 Karl Muggeridge (AUS -- Honda) 1.36.084 124 laps; 6 Noriyuki Haga (J -- Yamaha) 1.36.347 115 laps; 7 Jose Luîs Cardoso (ESP -- Yamaha) 1.36.433 94 laps; 8 Andrew Pitt (AUS -- Yamaha) 1.36.766 127 laps; 9 Chris Walker (GB -- Kawasaki) 1.36.793 108 laps; 10 Pierfrancesco Chili (I -- Honda) 1.36.613 103 laps

Valencia World Supersport tests, 12-13 March 2005

JAVI'S STRUGGLES CONTINUE.

Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Javi Fores continued to suffer grip problems today and so was unable to grab a place in the top six - as he had intended. But, he and the team found some good directions and left Valencia feeling positive about the next outing in Phillip Island. Frenchman Sebastien Charpentier (Honda) dominated the two-day test, finishing with a lap of 1:37.880, nearly three tenths of a second ahead of his team mate Katsuaki Fujiwara. Third fastest was Broc Parkes (Yamaha), with his team mate Kevin Curtain fourth.

JAVI - 10th, 1:40.072
"I still didn't find the rear end grip I was looking for today, although we tried many different settings. But all the information we gathered was good and gave us some ideas to think about and work on. All in all, I would say that these two days were very useful and, in a way, it's the first real and proper test we have had with the new bike. I am looking forward to Phillip Island. I know it's a hard track, but I learn tracks pretty quickly, so I think I am going to have fun there."

Supersport (overall best times for two days)

1 Sebastien Charpentier (F -- Honda) 1.37.880 85 laps; 2 Katsuaki Fujiwara (J -- Honda) 1.38.178 88 laps; 3 Broc Parkes (AUS -- Yamaha) 1.38.804 104 laps; 4 Kevin Curtain (AUS -- Yamaha) 1.38.913 82 laps; 5 Fabien Foret (F -- Honda) 1.38.943 97 laps; 6 Michel Fabrizio (I -- Honda) 1.39.238 111 laps; 7 Stefan Folkesson (S -- Honda) 1.39.382 86 laps; 8 Gianluca Nannelli (I -- Ducati) 1.39.535 96 laps; 9 Barry Veneman (NL -- Suzuki) 1.39.985 104 laps; 10 JAVI FORES (ESP -- Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra) 1.40.072 109 laps ,

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Andrew Pitt , Noriyuki Haga , Broc Parkes , Chris Walker , Jose Luis Cardoso , Troy Corser , Katsuaki Fujiwara , Fabien Foret , Chris Vermeulen , Yukio Kagayama , Karl Muggeridge , Michel Fabrizio , Gianluca Nannelli , Barry Veneman , Kevin Curtain , Sébastien Charpentier , Laconi Régis , Phillip Island