Troy leaves it late. Yukio takes a tumble. Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Troy Corser left it until the last five minutes of today's qualifying before posting the fastest lap of the day - but it was over a half a second quicker then his...
Troy leaves it late. Yukio takes a tumble.
Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Troy Corser left it until the last five minutes of today's qualifying before posting the fastest lap of the day - but it was over a half a second quicker then his nearest rival, Regis Laconi (Ducati)!
The morning untimed session saw rain and a damp track for most of the sixty minutes, but in the afternoon the track dried out and the lap times started to tumble. The last ten minutes were frantic, but in the end Troy once again mastered the occasion and took provisional pole position. Laconi was second quickest, with Chris Walker (Kawasaki) third and Karl Muggeridge (Honda) fourth.
Troy's Alstare Suzuki team mate ended the day fifth fastest and with a bruise on his backside! In the afternoon session he lost control in the last turn and fell heavily. Fortunately though, he escaped without serious injury, but he will be very sore in the morning.
TROY - 1st, 1:27.123
I'm pretty happy today because we're nearly there with our set-up and we more or less know what tyres we'll use in the race if the conditions are similar to this afternoon. We ran over twenty laps on the tyres this afternoon and in the end my lap time was only 0.3 slower then at the start. Brands is similar in some ways to Brno, because of the changes of elevation, but it's a track where you don't want to be racing a load of other riders. If you can get out at the front early on, the rest of the pack will slow each other up. So a good start will be important and that's what I'll be aiming for.
YUKIO - 5th, 1:27.767
My crash was much scary and now I have pain in my backside! Maybe I got on the gas a bit early in the last turn, because everything happened very quickly. Up to that moment I had been quite happy today - especially in the afternoon. The morning was a bit wet, but the dry track in the afternoon timed qualifying meant that we could make progress. After two races at circuits I've never seen before, it is good to be at Brands - a circuit I know well. My target tomorrow is a front row grid place and then, on Sunday, a podium or two.