TROY AND YUKIO LEAD THE CHARGE The first day of qualifying at Monza ended with Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra riders Troy Corser and Yukio Kagayama leading the charge. Troy's lap of 1:47.878 was the day's fastest, with his team mate Yukio...
TROY AND YUKIO LEAD THE CHARGE
The first day of qualifying at Monza ended with Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra riders Troy Corser and Yukio Kagayama leading the charge. Troy's lap of 1:47.878 was the day's fastest, with his team mate Yukio second - just two tenths of a second behind. Third quickest today was Karl Muggeridge (Honda), with Ducati rider Gianluca Nannelli fourth. Reigning champion James Toseland (Ducati) improved on his recent form to finish fifth today.
TROY CORSER - 1st, 1:47.878
Conditions today were different to when we tested here last week. The track didn't feel as grippy, so that's why my lap times were slower then last week. The track felt a bit better this afternoon and, as long as it stays dry, I think it will get better tomorrow. This morning we ran a full race distance and everything felt pretty good. This afternoon we ran about three quarters of a race distance and also tried a few different types of brake pads. As usual we started the day with the same set-up we had when we left last week and then tried to improve it little by little. I actually think it's going to be tough to pull away from the rest of the field, because it's easy to drag your close competitors with you. So the first two laps of the races are going to be very important. For that, I need a front row grid place and a good start - and that's what I'll be aiming for.
YUKIO KAGAYAMA - 2nd, 1:48.113
I had a little crash this morning, but it was no problem! On the fast, back straight a rider up ahead suddenly slowed down and I found myself right on his tail oh so fast! I had to swerve round him so that I didn't hit him and, by doing that, I went into the gravel. After that the bike just fell over at slow speed, but there was no damage to my body and hardly any marks on the bike. Otherwise today went OK. I am still learning the track, but I like it very much because it has many fast corners and many hard braking points - for me this is fun. I am happy to be second fastest today and also close to Troy. Tomorrow I want a good Superpole and a front row position on the grid - maybe first!