Troy steady and ready. Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Troy Corser took things steadily on the first day of qualifying at Assen but still managed to post the second quickest time, less then a tenth of a second behind...
Troy steady and ready.
Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Troy Corser took things steadily on the first day of qualifying at Assen but still managed to post the second quickest time, less then a tenth of a second behind provisional pole-setter James Toseland (Ducati). Assen circuit has a new layout since last year and most riders took their time finding the best way round the 5.997 kilometre track. Troy's team mate Yukio Kagayama was here three years ago in a MotoGP race, so had to start learning the track all over again. He ended the day with the ninth fastest lap and is looking forward to further improvement tomorrow.
TROY - 2nd, 2:04.835
The changes have ruined the flowing nature of the track - from the new chicane onwards - and so it's not such fun to ride as it used to be. Today I had quite a bit of wheelspin, both on race and qualifying rubber, but I think the track's grip level is going to improve so I'm not that worried about it at the moment. We made quite a big step forwards from the morning to the afternoon session, mainly to do with the gearing and a bit of suspension work. I had a bit of a 'moment' this afternoon, when I went straight on instead of though the chicane, but I managed to keep it all upright OK and carry on.
YUKIO - 9th, 2:05.921
I was here three years ago, but I have forgotten everything I knew about the track. So, there may be some changes from last year, but they don't affect me at all! It is so important to know this circuit very well, because there are many difficult corners. Once you know them well you can shave off time and make good laps. Today we mainly worked on the gearing because the bike was working well. This morning I was 14th, this afternoon 9th, so my aim tomorrow morning is top six, then front row after Superpole, then podium in race one and a win in race two! This is my plan.