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CORSER AIMS TO TOPPLE BAYLISS

May 24, 2006

Team Suzuki Press Office – May 24, 2006.

Reigning World Superbike Champion Troy Corser is aiming to put his Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra GSX-R1000 on the top of podium at this weekend’s fifth round of the series at Silverstone in Britain.

Corser, who collected a pair of second places at last year’s event, hopes to go one better at the former RAF airstrip in Northamptonshire to put pressure on fellow countryman and current series leader Troy Bayliss.

Corser’s team mate Yukio Kagayama won a brilliant Superpole last year, but a crash in the first race put him out of contention - though he did remount and finished 11th. 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.

Troy Corser:

“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 circuit 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.”

Yukio Kagayama:

“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!”

Fabien Foret:

“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-10 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 like 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.”

2005 results:
Troy Corser - Race 1: 2nd, Race 2: 2nd.
Yukio Kagayama - Race 1: 11th, race 2: 7th.
Fabien Foret – DNS.

For more stories about Troy Corser, click here . For photos, click here .
For more stories about Yukio Kagayama, click here . For photos, click here
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