Professional rider on closed course competition.


March 30, 2006

Team Suzuki Press Office – March 29, 2006.

World Superbike Champion Troy Corser and Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra completed the three-day test at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia, Spain today with valuable information to carry through to the next round of the World Championship.

Corser left the circuit today with the fourth-quickest time as team-mate Yukio Kagayama posted 10th after testing new chassis and engine components on their GSX-R1000s in readiness for the next round.

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. We were testing so many things that I think Pirelli left us alone for perhaps longer than we would’ve liked. That was resolved today and now we have got a short break for 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 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.”

Results (3-day):
1 Bayliss (Aus-Ducati), 182 laps, best lap 1:33.758
2 Xaus (E-Ducati), 138 laps, best lap 1:34.659
3 Lanzi (I-Ducati), 178 laps, best lap 1:34.848
4 Troy Corser (Aus-Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra), 195 laps, best lap 1:34.933
5 Martin (Aus- Petronas), 156 laps, best lap 1:35.178
6 Haga (J-Yamaha), 176 laps, best lap 1:35.295
7 Nieto (E-Kawasaki), 201 laps, best lap 1:35.377
8 Pitt (Aus-Yamaha), 180 laps, best lap 1:35.423
9 Fabrizio (I-Honda), 178 laps, best lap 1:35.437
10 Yukio Kagayama (J-Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra) 209 laps, best lap 1:35.538
13 Fabien Foret (F-Alstare Engineering Corona Extra) 202 laps, best lap 1:35.771

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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