TEAM ALSTARE LOOKING FOR A FINAL FLOURISH. The twelfth and final round of this year's Superbike World Championship takes place at Mangy-Cours circuit in France and Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra are aiming to end the season with a flourish....
TEAM ALSTARE LOOKING FOR A FINAL FLOURISH.
The twelfth and final round of this year's Superbike World Championship takes place at Mangy-Cours circuit in France and Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra are aiming to end the season with a flourish. This year has been a bit of a roller-coaster ride for Troy Corser and Yukio Kagayama, but both are in a positive frame of mind as they head to the last races of the year. Last weekend in Imola was good - until raceday! Yukio was hit from behind in the first race - unfortunately by Alstare Engineering Corona Extra rider Max Neukirchner - but bounced back to take a superb third place in race two. His team mate Troy suffered another poor weekend, retiring in the first race with a technical problem and ending ninth in race two after severe tyre problems.
This season started OK, but recently I have been asking myself what's been going on. It seems that every round has thrown up problems- and usually those problems have been on raceday - not qualifying or practice. Most of my recent problems have been due to the tyres and I feel that they have not performed consistently. Last year, in Magny-Cours, a tyre problem in Superpole ruined my chances of a good result, but I was very happy to take fifth and a fourth after starting from the fourth row of the grid. Before last weekend, I really believed I had a chance of ending the season with third place, but now that idea has gone. My position in the championship is irrelevant now, so I might as well go all-out in Magny-Cours and try and shoot for the top - after all I've nothing to lose.
If I had not have been taken out in the first race last weekend, there was a good chance of leaving Imola with two podiums instead of just the one. I know Max did not intend hitting my bike - it was a just a racing accident. Fortunately I was not injured in the fall. Imola was very hard work and the second race was a very big battle, but it is the kind of fight I enjoy. We had a good test at Magny-Cours recently and last year I took two podiums there, so I am really looking forward to finishing the season with a couple more podiums, and maybe even a win!