Brno: Team Alstare Suzuki Sunday race report

Superb day for Troy! Struggles for Kagayama. Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Troy Corser took a superb win in the first race at Brno today and then followed it up with runner- up spot in the second and left the Czechoslovakian circuit...

Superb day for Troy! Struggles for Kagayama.

Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Troy Corser took a superb win in the first race at Brno today and then followed it up with runner- up spot in the second and left the Czechoslovakian circuit with an increased lead in the championship. After his success in Superpole yesterday, Troy wanted to get back to winning ways and that's exactly what he did. If it had not been for a technical problem in race two he might have left with a double instead. Troy led the first race from start to finish and ran out the winner by over six seconds. Reigning Champion James Toseland took second, ahead of his Ducati team mate Regis Laconi, with Chris Walker (Kawasaki) fourth, Frankie Chili (Honda) fifth and Lorenzo Lanzi (Ducati) sixth.

The second race was red-flagged after two laps - due to an oil spillage - and Troy decided to use his number two bike as he had felt that his number one bike was running a bit slow. The number two bike had only completed a handful of laps all weekend, so it was a bit of a gamble but the team had set it up almost the same as Troy's number one bike. Troy led from the restart but was passed by Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha) after six laps. He kept in contention, but a slight electronic problem prevented him from catching and passing the Japanese rider, so he settled for runner-up spot and twenty valuable points instead. Third went to Chris Vermeulen (Honda), ahead of Norick Abe (Yamaha), Chili and Lanzi.

It was not such a good day for Troy's team mate Yukio Kagayama. The problems with grip (especially in the rear) he had in qualifying continued today despite him making big changes to the bike. In the end, he finished with a pair of eleventh places.

TROY - Race 1, 1st, Race 2: 2nd "I'm pretty happy with how the day worked out -especially after the problems we had in the first day and a half. Once we found a good set- up, I knew a win or two was possible. I made a good start and had clear track ahead of me and that's what you need at Brno if you are to have a good race. Although no race is ever easy, that was one of the more comfortable races I've had this year and it was good to get back to winning ways. My bike's engine felt a bit slow at the start of the second race, so I guess I was fortunate that it was red- flagged and I was able to jump on my spare for the restart. The set- up was very close - and I have to thank the team for doing such a good job - but there was a bit of an electronic problem and I feel that stopped me from catching and passing Nori. But we came here to increase our points and that's what we did, so I'm pretty wrapped."

YUKIO - Race 1: 11th, Race 2: 11th "There's not much to say except that all weekend I've had problems with grip and today was no better then the past two days. This track is very difficult if you do not have a good set-up, and I did not have a good set-up - probably because we did not have so much time on the bike to test different things. We made big changes from yesterday, but I don't think the bike worked any better. I am disappointed of course, but I must look forward. The next race is a circuit I know and like - Brands Hatch - and I want to get on the podium in both races there - for myself and all my British fans."

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Norifumi Abe , Noriyuki Haga , Chris Walker , James Toseland , Troy Corser , Chris Vermeulen , Yukio Kagayama , Lorenzo Lanzi , Laconi Régis