Utah: Suzuki Alstare Saturday report

LEON ON THE PACE. SYLVAIN HAS WORK TO DO. Many times this season, the two Suzuki Alstare riders have suffered mixed fortunes on the first day of qualifying and today at the Miler Motorsport Park was no exception. Leon qualified a comfortable ...

LEON ON THE PACE. SYLVAIN HAS WORK TO DO.

Many times this season, the two Suzuki Alstare riders have suffered mixed fortunes on the first day of qualifying and today at the Miler Motorsport Park was no exception. Leon qualified a comfortable fourth fastest, but Sylvain struggled and ended the day a lowly seventeenth. It is Sylvain's first visit to the very technical Miller circuit, but the Frenchman knows all too well that he should have finished higher up the leaderboard after two one hour sessions. Jakub Smrz (Ducati) set the quickest lap of qualifying, with a time of 1:48.517, three tenths of a second inside the lap record. Second today was Michel Fabrizio (Ducati), with Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha) third.

Leon - 4th, 1:48.734
I think today was pretty good and I certainly got a feel for the track this morning. This afternoon we used some of the good stuff (tyres) that we'll be racing on and I am pretty happy with how we got on. We had a bit of a chatter problem today and it was worse the more aggressive I was, but not so bad when I rode smoothly. Though when I rode very smoothly, my lap times were not so good! The general layout of this track needs a very different set-up to Kyalami in the last round and although our current set-up is not bad, we will try and improve it and the balance of the bike tomorrow. The aim tomorrow is to work on getting a good set-up and making sure that the tyres will last a race distance OK.

Sylvain - 17th, 1:50.133
Not sure what to say really, except that I have been learning the track OK and the afternoon felt a lot better than the morning. I know that doesn't seem much, when you consider I ended 17th today, but this track is very technical and it is difficult to knock off those last fractions of a second which are so important.

I think the track is good and I like it very much. I know there's quite a bit more to come from me and tomorrow we'll work on improving the balance of the bike and finding a good set-up. I had some brake problems today - inconsistency - and that's another area we will have to sort out tomorrow.

-source: suzuki

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Michel Fabrizio , Jakub Smrz , Cal Crutchlow