TEAM ALSTARE READY FOR SILVERSTONE The fifth round of this year's Superbike World Championship takes place at Silverstone - a former RAF airstrip in Northamptonshire, UK. Silverstone is a fairly flat circuit, with a few different layouts...
TEAM ALSTARE READY FOR SILVERSTONE
The fifth round of this year's Superbike World Championship takes place at Silverstone - a former RAF airstrip in Northamptonshire, UK. Silverstone is a fairly flat circuit, with a few different layouts and last season Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Troy Corser took a pair of runner-up spots in the two 28-lap races. His team mate Yukio Kagayama had won a brilliant Superpole on the Saturday but a crash in the first race put him out of contention - though he did remount and finished eleventh. In the second race, he fared little better - finishing seventh. Team Alstare Engineering Corona Extra rider Fabien Foret didn't race in the Superbike class last season, but is looking forward to riding his GSX-R1000 this year and will be searching for a pair of solid top ten places.
I almost won a race at Silverstone last time and it would be good to get a win or two under my belt this year and put pressure on Bayliss. Depending on which layout they use, Silverstone could be a good track for our bike, so I am hoping that they chose a good one! It has been a tough season so far - but we all knew it was going to be like that. The racing has been very good for the fans I'm sure, but it's about time we (or somebody) else got the better of the Ducati. We have been losing out to them, exiting the turns, so we have to find a way round that problem if we are to beat them. We'll try a few ideas in practice and see if we can solve our problem.
I do not have good memories of Silverstone last year - except my Superpole victory. This year has not been so good and I have had too many crashes so far. I have been trying very hard - my usual style - and maybe I have been trying too hard. It is difficult for me to change my style, but I have to do something to get back on the podium, because I miss it!
Last year I was on a Supersport bike, so I will have to start learning the Silverstone track all over again. My understanding of my new bike will carry on at Silverstone and I will be going all-out for a good qualifying position (in Superpole) and then a couple of good top ten finishes. I know I improve every time I go out on the bike. My only hope is that the weather is good, because I do not racing so much in the wet. Silverstone has seen mixed weather in the past few years, but I hope we have three good, dry days so that I can learn a lot in the maximum amount of time.