Brands Hatch: Team Alstare Suzuki race one, two report

Troy wins one, takes a second and increases his lead. Yukio defies pain to take a pair of ninths. Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Troy Corser was involved in two fiercely-contested battles with Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha) in today's pair of...

Troy wins one, takes a second and increases his lead. Yukio defies pain to take a pair of ninths.

Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Troy Corser was involved in two fiercely-contested battles with Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha) in today's pair of 25-lap races at Brands Hatch, finishing ahead of his rival in the first and just behind in the second. Troy and Haga were wheel to wheel from the start to the finish of the races and the results were in doubt until the final laps. Troy and Haga served up a feast of closely-fought action today in front of over 100,000 spectators, with other tremendous battles also taking place further down the order.

Troy's team mate Yukio Kagayama defied doctor's advice and the pain barrier to finish with a superb pair of hard-fought for ninth places. The Japanese rider was competing with badly bruised ribs, but somehow managed to bring his GSX-R Suzuki home in both races.

In race one, Troy and Haga swapped the lead several times, but Troy was in front on the last lap and held on to take his eighth win of the season. Regis Laconi (Ducati) took third, ahead of Chris Vermeulen (Honda), Chris Walker (Kawasaki) and Karl Muggeridge (Honda).

The second race was almost a repeat of the first, but this time the results were reversed. Troy took the lead on the last lap, but was forced to take to the grass when he outbraked himself going into Westfield. Somehow he managed to stay onboard, but by the time he had recovered, Haga had a clear run to the chequered flag. Third spot went to Vermeulen, with Walker fourth, Laconi fifth and Pitt (Yamaha) sixth.

TROY Race 1: 1, Race 2: 2nd

Although we had a good points lead before today, I'm a racer and if I can win, I want to win. The only time I feel I cannot win is if something is wrong with the bike and then I'll take whatever points I can get.

But, my Alstare Suzuki was working superbly here at Brands today and so I went out to win both races. Nori (Haga) was very strong today, but it was great fun to race against him and, although we were very close at times, there was nothing dangerous.

In the first race, there was no way I was going to settle for second and that's why I charged so hard. It's what I wanted to do in the second and I nearly managed it. I followed Nori for most of the race and made my move on the last lap. I got past him but then was in to Westfield a bit too hot and had to ease off the brakes and take to the grass. I kept it upright, gassed it again and rejoined the track, but then Nori was gone.

I suppose I must have worried Francis (Team Manager) when I went off the track, but I still managed to take second without any problem. It's my aim to win as many races as possible this year and finish on the podium in all the ones I don't.

YUKIO Race 1: 9th , Race 2: 9th

I am very happy and relieved that today is over because that was more then hard work. I had more checks in the Clinica Mobile this morning and I was happy that they told me I had not broken any ribs. My ribs were still very sore and I had much pain today, but at least I was able to get on the bike, ride and get some points. Today I removed the strapping and instead I had two soft sponges, to act as cushions, under my leathers.

Both races felt very, very long, but at least I finished them. Now I am going for a long sleep and a lot of rest.

-tas-

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Noriyuki Haga , Chris Walker , Troy Corser , Chris Vermeulen , Yukio Kagayama , Karl Muggeridge , Laconi Régis