Brands Hatch: Alstare Suzuki Saturday notes

FRONT ROW FOR YUKIO, SECOND ROW FOR MAX. The superb weather continued at Brands Hatch today and both Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra riders Yukio Kagayama improved their positions in the Superpole shoot-out qualifying session. Yukio finished ...

FRONT ROW FOR YUKIO, SECOND ROW FOR MAX.

The superb weather continued at Brands Hatch today and both Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra riders Yukio Kagayama improved their positions in the Superpole shoot-out qualifying session. Yukio finished fourth fastest overall and will start from the front row of the grid for the first time this season and Max showed he too will be a force to be reckoned with after a stunning Superpole lap. Despite his relative lack of circuit knowledge, he managed to shave over a second off his previous best lap time to end sixth quickest. Troy Bayliss (Ducati) put in a blistering Superpole lap to deprive James Toseland (Honda) from taking top spot in front of his home fans. Third quickest is Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha), with Yukio fourth, making it four different manufacturers on the front row.

Yukio - 4th

I am very happy to be on the front row here at Brands Hatch. It is a circuit I like very much and I am happy because I have many fans in England and this is a good way to say 'thank you' to them all. My Superpole lap was not so bad and I am happy because this is my first front row of the year. I think tomorrow will be two long, hard races and because the weather is probably going to be as hot, or maybe hotter, they are going to be very physical races. I don't think anybody will make a break on the rest and I expect that four of five riders will be fighting for the podium. Hopefully I will be one of them!

Max - 6th

I think that sixth fastest today is not too bad at all, considering that this is my first time here and all I've done is four hours and one lap! We've been progressing every session and trying to get as much circuit knowledge as quickly as possible at one of the most difficult racetracks in the world. Laguna Seca is strange but Brands Hatch is ten times more complicated, because there are so many ups and downs, blind corners and lots of bumps. But the more I ride this track, the more fun it becomes. I know that's it's going to be hot tomorrow and there are going to be two long, hard races but I'm happy that there are two races because it gives me more opportunity to learn the track

-credit: tas

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Troy Bayliss , Noriyuki Haga , Yukio Kagayama