Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra continued their extensive work testing different components (clutch, camshaft, forks, rear shock, swinging arms etc.) and a variety of settings at Valencia today and made good progress. Despite not using any ...
Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra continued their extensive work testing different components (clutch, camshaft, forks, rear shock, swinging arms etc.) and a variety of settings at Valencia today and made good progress. Despite not using any qualifying tyres today, Troy Corser finished second quickest, just half a second or so behind Troy Bayliss (Ducati). Yukio Kagayama ended fifth quickest and Alstare Engineering Corona Extra rider Fabien Foret posted the sixteenth fastest time as he continued his steep Superbike learning curve. Fabien was only a second behind Corser - an indication that the Frenchman is getting to grips with his life in Superbike. Strong winds hindered today's tests, but Yukio was perhaps the only rider claiming not to have been affected by them in the afternoon session.
TROY CORSER - 1:35.571
So far the two days have gone pretty well and we've tested a variety of stuff including different clutch components, forks, rear shocks and other stuff. These are the kind of things we never get a real chance to try out during a race weekend, so these three days are giving us a lot of time to try things and evaluate them. All the info should help improve what is already a good package. Today was a bit windy and I had to be careful exiting turn one and also going over the hill before the last two turns. It would've pretty easy to crash through there, so I made sure I took it carefully. It was hotter in the afternoon and I felt that the tyres didn't work as well as the morning when it was a bit cooler. For me, generally, the Pirellis are like that and it's something to be aware off - especially in a race. My little finger of my right hand has been a little stiff (since the fall at Phillip Island) and it's possible that it may have a greenstick fracture. It's a little bit sore when I pull my gloves on, but not bad enough to affect me on the track. Tomorrow we've got more different things to try and by the end we should have a lot of useful information to study.
YUKIO KAGAYAMA - 1:35.889
I think the tests have gone well so far. I had a little crash yesterday, but no damage - well not to me anyway! Sorry to the mechanics though, because I gave them extra work! Here we have been trying many different things, trying to get a good setting for the bike so that when we come here for the race in one month or so, we can start in a good position. We had some clutch problems in Qatar, so this is one area where we have been working on and hope to have a good solution by the end of tomorrow. Many riders said they had problems with the wind and change of temperature this afternoon, but for me there was no big difference! Maybe the tyres do not work as well when it is hotter, but I didn't notice it so much. I'm happy with the progress we have made so far and hope to make further progress tomorrow.
FABIEN FORET - 1:36.577
I am happy because I am finally beginning to enjoy riding my bike. When I first jumped on it, I think I was trying to ride it a bit like I rode in Supersport. But yesterday and today it is beginning to feel like my bike and I am starting to have fun with it. You can ride a Supersport bike fast even if the set-up is not perfect, but you can't do that with a Superbike because there are so many more variables. Understanding them takes time and I am learning as fast as I can. Riding the first two rounds of the championship was a good experience, but it is good to come here with no pressure and try different things. I think we are making good progress now and I am hoping it continues tomorrow.
Best lap times (after two days)
1 Bayliss (Aus-Ducati) 1:34.987, 2 TROY CORSER (Aus-Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra) 1:35.571, 3 Haga (J-Yamaha) 1:35.618, 4 Walker (GB- Kawasaki) 1:35.827, 5 YUKIO KAGAYAMA (J-Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra) 1:35.889, 6 Nieto (E-Kawasaki) 1:35.974, 7 Lanzi (I-Ducati) 1:36.009, 8 Muggeridge (Aus-Honda) 1:36.034, 9 Xaus (E-Ducati) 1:36.175, 10 Pitt (Aus-Yamaha) 1:36.215, 16 FABIEN FORET (F-Alstare Engineering Corona Extra) 1:36.577,