PRODUCTIVE THREE DAYS FOR TEAM ALSTARE IN VALENCIA. Whilst Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Troy Corser may not have ended with the fastest time during the 3-day tests in Valencia, he and the team left the Ricardo Tormo circuit knowing...
PRODUCTIVE THREE DAYS FOR TEAM ALSTARE IN VALENCIA.
Whilst Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Troy Corser may not have ended with the fastest time during the 3-day tests in Valencia, he and the team left the Ricardo Tormo circuit knowing that they had completed tests on practically everything they could. The team have tested here enough times to have a good idea of a base set-up, so most of the tests were taken up with trying out new things. That meant that they had little or no time to chase lap times and it was therefore no surprise that neither Troy nor Yukio ended with the quickest lap. That honour fell to Troy Bayliss (Ducati) who posted a lap of 1:33.758, over a second quicker than Neil Hodgson's 2003 lap record. Second fastest was local hero Ruben Xaus (Ducati), with Lorenzo Lanzi (Ducati) third and Troy Corser fourth. Troy's team mate Yukio finished with the tenth quickest time, with Alstare Engineering Corona Extra rider Fabien Foret thirteenth. But, apart from Bayliss, the lap times were very close and less than a second separated the next ten riders, with Foret ending less than a second behind world champion Troy Corser.
TROY CORSER: best lap (3-day) 1:34.933
Today we carried on trying a whole load of different stuff and maybe we got a little confused. Many times I went out to test something and was out for four or five laps to find out as much as possible. We have been here heaps of times, so we have a pretty good idea of a base set-up, so that was something we didn't feel we had to chase this time. All in all, it was a pretty productive three days and we ended with lots of info and data. Today the clutch was pretty consistent and it seemed OK even after I had done a practice start. Now we have got a short break before our next test in Misano. There we will have to concentrate more on finding a good set-up for the race.
YUKIO KAGAYAMA: best lap (3-day) 1:35.538
Today we continued testing, testing, testing. Many different things including tyres and mapping. I put in over 200 laps during these three days and that is a lot of laps! In the afternoon the wind was quite strong and although it was not a big problem I knew it would not be possible to chase a very fast lap time. Valencia is a circuit where you need a good rhythm to set a fast lap, but it's very easy to lose your rhythm if you make a small mistake, miss your apex or come up against a slower rider. You need a clear track and good rhythm for a quick lap and I don't think I ever got that. But I am happy with the progress we made during the three days and now the technicians have got a lot of data to analyse before we make the next step.
FABIEN FORET: best lap (3-day) 1:35.771
My hands are completely blistered and I am a little tired, but I feel very positive about my next time on the bike - at the Misano tests in the middle of April. I'm physically and mentally drained now but, as I said yesterday, I am beginning to feel that this bike is my bike and I am starting to have some fun with it. There's a lot to learn, but I'm happy that we are making progress and I am happy that my understanding of the bike is improving every time out. This afternoon I didn't want to push too hard and make a stupid mistake, so I took it steadily - especially when the wind was causing a bit of a problem. It was important that I didn't crash here, so it's good to do so many laps without any near falls. I have to work on the throttle exiting the corners, because that's where I am losing time to the more experienced Superbike riders. After many years on a Supersport bike, it's quite difficult to change your style so quickly but I am getting there bit by bit. Now, I'm going to relax a little before the Misano test. It's a track I quite like, so I'm looking forward to it.