San Marino: Team Alstare Suzuki Friday report

PROVISIONAL POLE FOR TROY. YUKIO HAPPY. Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Troy Corser showed just why Misano circuit is one of his favourite circuits, by setting the fastest time on the first day of qualifying. Despite very high...

PROVISIONAL POLE FOR TROY. YUKIO HAPPY.

Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Troy Corser showed just why Misano circuit is one of his favourite circuits, by setting the fastest time on the first day of qualifying. Despite very high temperatures in the afternoon timed session, Troy posted a lap of 1:35.717, a tenth of a second or so ahead of his nearest challenger, Max Neukirchner (Honda).

Third quickest today is Regis Laconi (Ducati), with Karl Muggeridge (Honda) fourth. Troy's team mate Yukio Kagayama was very satisfied with seventh fastest - as it is his first time at the circuit. The day was not without incident though. Troy crashed in the afternoon session when he lost the front in the middle of Tramonto - the corner at the end of the back straight. He wasn't injured, but was a little cross at having given his mechanics some extra work to do repairing the bike.

TROY - 1st, 1:35.717

In the morning I felt that the track was a bit dirty and so didn't really push hard at all. In the afternoon the grip definitely improved, but it was quite a bit hotter so then it was the tyres we had to consider. My Alstare Suzuki is working pretty well round here and there's not a lot we need to do to the bike , except decide on a front tyre. We started off on some tyres we didn't feel we would use, so that we could conserve what we thought we might use. That was OK this morning. In the afternoon I just lost the front without any warning whatsoever. One minute I was up, the next I was down - it was as quick as that. That's my first crash of the year, so that's pretty good going - considering. Today I have not felt confident in my front tyre, so that's the direction we will be working on tomorrow. We may also try some different gearing, but I do not reckon it's going to make a lot of difference.

YUKIO - 7th, 1:36.652

Considering that this is my first time here, I am happy to end the first day of practice in seventh position. Misano is not a very difficult track to learn, but it is a track where it is hard to shave off those last few fractions of a second. That requires circuit knowledge and, at the moment, I am building that up. I think the track has some depressions and that means you need a good suspension set up here. For me, today was mostly about learning which way the track goes and how to ride it fast. So, I tried to put in many laps today and learn quickly! Tomorrow we will continue our job and I will try to decide which tyres to use. If it is as hot on raceday as today, then tyre wear is going to be a problem, but at least it is the same problem for all of us. After my disappointment at Silverstone my target here is at least one podium - even though I know that is going to be difficult.

-tas-

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Troy Corser , Yukio Kagayama , Karl Muggeridge , Max Neukirchner , Laconi Régis