Team Alstare steady on day one. Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra riders Yukio Kagayama and Troy Corser took things steadily at Brno today, finishing sixth and twelfth fastest respectively. With a limited number of good rubber available, both ...
Team Alstare steady on day one.
Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra riders Yukio Kagayama and Troy Corser took things steadily at Brno today, finishing sixth and twelfth fastest respectively. With a limited number of good rubber available, both riders did not want to use up their quota and suffer any problems the rest of the weekend, so they plugged away on hard rubber and didn't push hard for fast lap times.
James Toseland (Honda) posted the day's fastest lap, with a time of 2:02.349, with Fonsi Nieto (Kawasaki) second and Lorenzo Lanzi (Ducati) third. Current series leader Troy Bayliss (Ducati) finished eleventh quickest today. Team Alstare Engineering Corona Extra rider Fabien Foret got caught out by the sudden downpour at the end of today's timed qualifying and was not able to go out for a quick lap, ending eighteenth as a result.
YUKIO - 6th, 2:02.904
I had a good feeling in the morning, but the heat in the afternoon meant that performance level of the tyre was lower and I could not go so fast. Recently, we've found a new chassis set-up and I am much more comfortable on the bike. This setting is very good for race tyres, but it doesn't always work so well with qualifying rubber. Also, my physical condition is much better and that means my results are improving. Up until Misano, my wrist was maybe up to about 60% only, but now it is up to about 90%. My back is now also OK and finally I can start pushing hard without worrying about pain after five or six laps in a race.
TROY - 12th, 2"03.475
The feeling in the morning was better then the afternoon but that was because the track temperature was much higher in the second session. When that happens the grip level goes down. Because I missed the Brno test earlier on, I spent most of today getting used to the track and working on a good race set-up. I wasn't chasing fast lap times and being 18th at this stage doesn't concern me at all. We have a limited number of soft tyres, so we decided to conserve them for tomorrow and Sunday. In the afternoon I was on my fastest lap of the day when I crashed three turns from home. I lost the front and went down, but it was a slow speed tip-off and I was able onto get back on the bike and ride it back to the garage OK. Then, a few moments later, down came the rain and that was the end of the session. I crashed because we were on a hard front and I didn't get enough feedback from it. This track is going to be a bit of a problem because we'll have to make a compromise on our tyre choice for the race, but I guess we're all in the same boat.
FABIEN - 18th, 2:04.136
My lap times on race tyres were pretty consistent, so I am quite happy about that. I spent most of the time concentrating on my race set and didn't really get round to a fast lap until it was a bit late and then the rain came! I've been trying a different riding style here this weekend and although it's taking some getting used to, I feel that if I can master it, then my lap times will improve quite a bit. I'm happy with the set-up for the race but, at the moment, I do not know which tyres to use. In the end, it will be a compromise - the same as usual, but more of a compromise here.