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CORSER KNOCKED OUT OF SILVERSTONE

May 30, 2006

Team Suzuki Press Office – May 28, 2006.

Reigning World Superbike World Champion Troy Corser and the Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra team suffered a disappointing day at the Silverstone fifth round today as the Australian was knocked off in race one then took sixth in race two.

Corser was hit from behind at the first turn on the opening lap of race one and crashed, but fortunately the race was red-flagged and he was able to take part in the restart. He crashed in the final chicane on the second lap, but remounted and got going again in last place, then, after a series of lurid slides, he was forced to retire.

His team mate Yukio Kagayama was riding in severe discomfort after crashing heavily yesterday, but grittily kept going to finish 14th in race one and 13th in race two.

Team Alstare Engineering Corona Extra rider Fabien Foret also had a day to forget: A DNF after a heavy fall in race one when he hit his head hard detuned him for race two and, because he could not keep his concentration, he retired after 15 laps.

After five rounds, Corser holds second place in the series with Kagayama 16th and Foret 19th.

Troy Corser - Race 1: DNF, Race 2: 6th:

“By our standards, that was a day to forget. It didn’t start well when I was hit from behind in the first turn on the opening lap of the first race! I was lucky because the race was red-flagged and I was able to get back to my garage and jump onto the spare bike for the restart. But we had only done about four laps in the dry on it and, although it should’ve been the same, it felt very different. The front tyre was too hard and I lost control in the final chicane after one lap. I got back on and tried to carry on but it was no use.

“In race two I had problems with the throttle response and that made the bike very difficult to ride. I just could not get the power on when I wanted and every time I tried to do what I do normally, I nearly crashed. We had a similar problem last season, so now we’ll have to sit down and work out how to solve it. I suppose the only good news is that in my two falls today I never hurt myself.”

Yukio Kagayama -Race 1: 14th, Race 2: 13th:

“I am not so happy today, but my problems began when I crashed yesterday. This morning my back and right hand didn’t feel so good. In both races I found it hard moving around on the bike and because my right hand was injured I could not push hard exiting the fast turns. In race one, I lost touch with the group in front of me and once that happened I couldn’t catch them again. The second race was a little better, but not that much and I would honestly prefer to forget this weekend completely.”

Fabien Foret - Race 1: DNF, Race 2: DNF:

“It has been a very bad day - no, it has been a bad weekend. We didn’t have enough time to get a good dry set-up for the bike and we suffered as a result. Then I had a heavy crash in the first race and hurt my head and body. I wasn’t feeling too good and maybe I should not have started the second race, but I wanted to try. I just couldn’t concentrate and I didn’t want to do anything silly or cause a crash, so I pulled into the pits and stopped.”

Race 1: 1 Bayliss (Aus-Ducati), 2 Haga (J-Yamaha), 3 Toseland (GB-Honda), 4 Xaus (E-Ducati), 5 Pitt (Aus-Yamaha), 6 Walker (GB-Kawasaki), 7 Laconi (F-Kawasaki), 8 Muggeridge (Aus-Honda), 9 Barros (Bra-Honda), 10 Abe (J-Yamaha). 14 Yukio Kagayama (J-Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra). Troy Corser (Aus-Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra) DNF. Fabien Foret (F-Alstare Engineering Corona Extra) DNF. Race 2: 1 Bayliss, 2 Haga, 3 Toseland, 4 Pitt, 5 Barros, 6 Troy Corser (Aus-Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra), 7 Xaus, 8 Walker, 9 Muggeridge, 10 Nieto (E-Kawasaki). 13 Yukio Kagayama (J-Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra). Fabien Foret (F-Alstare Engineering Corona Extra) DNF.

Championship Points: 1 Bayliss 200, 2 Troy Corser 139, 3 Toseland 113, 4 Haga 113, 5 Barros 102, 6 Pitt 90, 7 Lanzi 62, 8 Xaus 47, 9 Abe 46, 10 Rolfo 46. 16 Yukio Kagayama 26. 19 Fabien Foret 10.

EUROPEAN SUPERSTOCK 600:

Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Xavier Simeon lost out on victory of the Silverstone Superstock 600 European Championship by a whisker after the race was restarted.

Italian Nicola Canepa (Ducati) won after the race was red-flagged after seven laps due to an accident and an oil spillage. Canepa had crossed the line in first place ahead of series leader Simeon and Davide Giugliano (Kawasaki).

In the second part, it was Simeon who crossed the line first after breaking the lap record on the last lap, but when the times from the two races were aggregated, Canepa was the winner by 48,000ths of a second!

Xavier Simeon - 2nd:

“What a way to lose a race! I tried so hard in the second part and rode as hard as I could. I couldn’t believe it when I saw that I hadn’t won! In the first race, I took it a bit steadily in the early stages and was well-placed when the race was red-flagged. We changed a tyre for the second part and then charged for victory. On the last lap, I really opened the gas and went for it, so I was a bit disappointed not to win, but at least my lead in the championship is a healthy one. I’ll be going to the next round at Misano determined to extend my lead and put the pressure on my rivals.”

Superstock 600 Results: 1 Canepa, 2 Xavier Simeon (B-Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra), 3 Giugliano, 4 Colucci, 5 Antonelli, 6 Costantini.

Championship Points: 1 Simeon (B-Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra) 70, 2 Giugliano 46, 3 Canepa 45, 4 Colucci 28, 5 Savary 23, 6 Costantini 21.

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

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