Corser confident of California challenge for FPR Troy Corser is confident of mounting a meaningful challenge amongst the front-runners for tomorrow's two races of the seventh round of the Superbike World Championship at Laguna Seca, ...
Corser confident of California challenge for FPR
Troy Corser is confident of mounting a meaningful challenge amongst the front-runners for tomorrow's two races of the seventh round of the Superbike World Championship at Laguna Seca, California.
Corser, three times a winner at the technical circuit, qualified in fifth place on the grid, with fellow Aussie Steve Martin clinching pole position.
Foggy PETRONAS Racing team-mate Chris Walker made significant progress during the afternoon free practice session but missed out on the chance to improve his qualifying position in Superpole after failing to make the top 16 in the final morning qualifying session.
Troy, a former champion of the American domestic superbike championship in 1994, had qualified fifth fastest in morning qualifying with his best time of the weekend, 1:27.167 - three tenths quicker than his fastest lap at Laguna last year.
But technical difficulties during the free practice session interrupted the continuity of his Superpole preparations and he was unable to improve on his position at the head of the second row.
Troy said: "I feel pretty confident because my times on race tyres are within three tenths of a second of the fastest times. Superpole was a little frustrating because I feel sure I could have got into the 26s on the bike that had an engine problem during the afternoon session. I was hoping to be on the front row but fifth is around where I expected to be as we are still losing a little bit on acceleration, especially through the second split. You need to be in the top three or four here in the first lap as it is easy to lose a lot of time if you are dicing early on."
Chris said: "The problems we had yesterday cost us too much track time as all we needed to make Superpole was another 0.08 of a second. But I did make a few improvements in the free practice session and we are already in better shape for tomorrow. I could ride around at the pace of the top ten, so I am back to where I should be. I have a couple of things to try in warm-up tomorrow and then I need a couple of Stalker starts! But it is not the easiest start in the world because you go over a blind crest and then through a long hairpin, so there aren't really any obvious passing places."
Superpole results, Superbike World Championship, round 7, Laguna Seca, USA: 1 Martin 1:26.912; 2 Toseland +0.031; 3 Vermeulen +0.075; 4 Chili +0.288; 5 Corser +0.529; 6 Laconi +0.573; 7 McCoy +0.606; 8 Haslam +0.685; 9 Clementi +1.238; 10 Pedercini +1.240; 11 Sanchini +1.269; 12 Nannelli +1.383; 13 Borciani +1.416; 14 Bontempi +2.317; 15 Velini +2.693; 16 Haga +19.691
Saturday qualifying times: 1 Chili (PSG-1) 1:26.782; 2 Haga (Renegade Ducati) 1:26.831; 3 Vermeulen (Ten Kate Honda) 1:27.103; 4 Laconi (Ducati Fila) 1:27.142; 5 Corser (Foggy PETRONAS Racing) 1:27.167; 6 Borciani (DFX) 1:27.243; 7 Martin (DFX) 1:27.282; 8 Toseland (Ducati Fila) 1:27.417; 9 Pedercini (Team Pedercini) 1:27.501; 10 Haslam (Renegade Ducati) 1:27.739; 17 Walker 1:28.422
Saturday free practice times: 1 Chili 1:27.109; 2 Haga 1:27.130; 3 Toseland 1:27.241; 4 Vermeulen 1:27.364; 5 Martin 1:27.436; 6 Haslam 1:27.525; 7 Laconi 1:27.664; 8 McCoy 1:27.701; 9 Corser 1:28.081; 10 Pedercini 1:28.300; 12 Walker 1:28.481