Brno: Team Alstare Saturday qualifying report

'Mr Superpole' strikes again! Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Troy Corser lived up to his 'Mr Superpole' reputation with another stunning performance in this afternoon's sixteen rider one-lap shoot-out. He was the last but one rider to go...

'Mr Superpole' strikes again!

Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Troy Corser lived up to his 'Mr Superpole' reputation with another stunning performance in this afternoon's sixteen rider one-lap shoot-out. He was the last but one rider to go and had problems with his brakes on his warm-up lap, but he settled down to produce one of the best Superpole laps ever seen.

Troy's time of 2:02.694 was nearly half a second faster then his nearest rival - James Toseland (Ducati) - with Max Neukirchner (Honda) third and Chris Vermeulen (Honda) fourth. Troy's team mate Yukio Kagayama ended seventh fastest in Superpole and will start from the second row of the grid, but he is happy with his race set-up and looking for a podium tomorrow.

TROY - 1st, 2:02.694

My Superpole lap was a bit fortunate because I had problems with the brake lever going into the first turn on my out lap! I pulled on the lever and it came right the way back to the bar, so I spent the next five or six turns turning the adjuster and getting the brakes to work OK. I really only started my preparation halfway round the warm-up lap but, once I got going, things all worked out OK and there were no other dramas or problems.

We have been struggling a bit here, getting good grip and good feeling for what's been going on, but this afternoon we made a big step forward (with the front and rear suspension) and found a good set-up for the race. The track is more bumpy then when we were last here (nine years ago), but it has a good layout and you can lap quickly if you are fast and smooth. If you rush at the corners here, you just end up going slower. A lot will depend on the temperature tomorrow, but whatever it is, the racing is going to be very close for sure.

YUKIO - 7th, 2:03.473

I am happy, but not happy. Happy because I have found the right direction with the set up of the bike and know what to try in tomorrow's warm-up session. Not happy, because I wanted Superpole! Before it began, I believed I could do it, but this track is very difficult for me because it is a track where you have to be very smooth. This is not my style because I am an aggressive rider, so to go fast here I must modify my style and be more smooth. This I am trying to do as best I can. If we find a little more improvement in the bike tomorrow morning, I think I can get some good results.

-tas-

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Series World Superbike
Drivers James Toseland , Troy Corser , Chris Vermeulen , Yukio Kagayama , Max Neukirchner