Magny-Cours: Team Alstare Suzuki preview

MAX READY FOR THE FINAL PUSH. After his superb win and second in the last round in Vallelunga, Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider is ready to attack series leader James Toseland in the final round of the championship at Mangy-Cours ...

MAX READY FOR THE FINAL PUSH.

After his superb win and second in the last round in Vallelunga, Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider is ready to attack series leader James Toseland in the final round of the championship at Mangy-Cours this weekend. Although Toseland holds a healthy 29-point lead, any slip-up by the Briton could give Max a chance of taking the title. Max had his first ever outing on the GSX-R1000 at Magny-Cours at the end of last season, so is no stranger to the track, but since then the bike has developed a lot, so Max will have to work hard to find a good set-up in practice and qualifying. Nonetheless he and the team are ready for the challenge and hoping to end the season on a high. Max's team mate Yukio Kagayama is travelling to the French circuit, but does not know if he will be able to race there this weekend. His injured right hand and knee caused him to pull out of last weekend's race at Vallelunga, but the Japanese rider is determined to race at Mangy-Cours if he feels he can. He will go out on Friday morning practice and see how his injuries hold up before making a decision.

MAX: This will be an interesting weekend for sure and I will be doing my best to put pressure on Toseland throughout the weekend. He is an experienced rider, but anything can happen in racing and I want to be a position to capitalise on any mistakes. At least I am no stranger to Mangy-Cours, but the Suzuki is now very different to when I made my first test of it at the end of last season. For me, I will start my usual way of working with the bike's set-up and try and get it right for the race. I am confident that I can make some good results this weekend, but what will happen yet I do not know. We shall just have to see.

YUKIO: I was very disappointed not to race last weekend, but even I realised that it would have been a pointless exercise. It is not as if I had been going for the title or second place, so there was no need for me to race and maybe crash again. Really, I should not race this weekend, but I want to if I can! I do not want to end the season sitting around the pits and doing nothing, because I am a racer and I want to race!

-credit: tas

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Yukio Kagayama