Supersport: Team Alstare Suzuki San Marino Saturday notes

FORES IN TOP TEN Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Javier Fores finally got rid of number eleven by posting the tenth quickest time in qualifying for the sixth round of the Supersport World Championship at Misano. It might not seem much,...

FORES IN TOP TEN

Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Javier Fores finally got rid of number eleven by posting the tenth quickest time in qualifying for the sixth round of the Supersport World Championship at Misano. It might not seem much, but the whole team seemed relieved that a change of luck may be in the offing. Frenchman Fabien Foret took pole position ahead of Katsuaki Fujiwara and Sebastien Charpentier - a Honda 1-2-3, with Kevin Curtain (Yamaha) completing the front row of the grid.

JAVI FORES - 10th, 1:38.814

Well not ending eleventh in one session is a relief - if nothing else. I am happy because my bike recorded the third quickest time through the speed trap. I am also happy with the time I set, because I know it could have been quicker. But, I pushed too hard in a couple of places and lost time as a result. I am sure that caused me to miss out on the second row of the grid. My Alstare Suzuki feels pretty stable out there and I can get on the gas early exiting the turns. The only problem I had was with rear grip. I had quite a few slides, so we will look at the telemetry and maybe try a little suspension adjustment in the morning and see if that improves the bike and my feeling.

SIMEON CRASHES OUT!

Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider crashed out of today's 12-lap race, but escaped without injury. The young Belgian was in seventh place at the time, but lost control of his bike when some oil went onto his rear tyre. The race was won by Corti (Yamaha) who got the better of Tiberio (Honda) on the very last lap of their close-fought battle. Third was Colatosti (Honda), ahead of Antonelli (Kawasaki), Lorenzetti (Yamaha) and Colucci (Suzuki).

XAVI SIMEON - DNF (3 laps)

I am very disappointed to have crashed out of the race but, as it was not my fault or could do anything about it, I do not feel bad. Luckily I was not hurt, which is just as well because I had to get back to the pits and get ready for my GSX-R Suzuki European Cup qualifying! It's quite a tough schedule and the very high temperatures made things very hard for me. But, I have to live with it and I hope I can have a positive result tomorrow.

-tas-

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Katsuaki Fujiwara , Fabien Foret , Sébastien Charpentier , Xavi Fores