Brands Hatch: Team Alstare Suzuki Saturday report

Troy storms to another Superpole win. Hero Yukio defies pain and takes 12th. Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Troy Corser once again showed that he is the the man to beat in Superpole by posting the fastest lap in the 16-rider shoot-out,...

Troy storms to another Superpole win. Hero Yukio defies pain and takes 12th.

Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Troy Corser once again showed that he is the the man to beat in Superpole by posting the fastest lap in the 16-rider shoot-out, taking his fourth pole position of the season in the process. Troy stormed round the 4.197 kilometre circuit in 1:26.672 - almost two tenths of a second ahead of his nearest rival, Karl Muggeridge (Honda). Third quickest is reigning champion James Toseland with his Ducati team mate Regis Laconi fourth. Yukio suffered an horrendous highside this morning and was taken to the Clinica Mobile with suspected broken ribs. Despite severe discomfort he tried a few laps in the afternoon untimed practice, but it was obvious that he was in extreme pain. But, after taking some painkillers, he managed to go out in Superpole lap and his impressively gritty ride was rewarded with twelfth place on the grid.

TROY - 1st, 1:26.672

I had a feeling that the grip level would improve today and that's what happened. I didn't really have a chance to try a qualifier in the free practice just before Superpole, but we had an idea of which one to use, so it wasn't a major problem. I took it a bit cautiously on the first split of Superpole because the first two left-handers can cause a problem or two, but after that I just put my head down and went for it. I knew that the second and third splits would be good, so I felt I was in with a chance of taking Superpole. I'll be chasing a couple of good starts tomorrow and hopefully controlling the race from the front. We'll see what happens after that.

YUKIO - 12th, 1:27.883

My crash this morning, when I highsided coming out of Druids, was big one and I think I may have broken a rib or two. I went to the Clinica Mobile and had some X-rays, but broken or cracked ribs are hard to see straightaway. I got my lower chest strapped up and then tried some laps in the free practice to see how bad it felt. I came in after the first lap because the pain was too great when I tried to accelerate hard. I tried again later in the session, after some different strapping, but it was no better. I decided not to do my Superpole lap, but then the team and I realised that it meant I might have to start the races tomorrow from last position, so I took some painkillers and did my best. I found it very difficult to breathe, but I kept going and ended 12th, so it was worth it. I hope to get a rest tonight and then see how I feel in the morning. I will try my best, but if it is too dangerous, I will not race. I am very disappointed for myself, my team (who have given me so much support and encouragement) and of course - my fans.

-tas-

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Series World Superbike
Drivers James Toseland , Troy Corser , Karl Muggeridge , Laconi Régis