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May 6, 2006

Team Suzuki Press Office – May 6, 2006.

Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Troy Corser lived up to his ‘Mr Superpole” reputation with a stunning performance at the end of the 16-rider Superpole shoot-out in today’s World Superbike qualifying at Monza in Italy.

Series leader Troy Bayliss (Ducati) had stormed his way round the 5.793 kilometre course and looked a certainty to claim pole position. But after a cautious start, Corser stormed back into contention with a faster second split. The third split was pure magic, with his drive through and out of the Parabolica virtually perfect that put him three-tenths-of-a-second ahead of his rival.

Third quickest was Alex Barros (Honda) with Regis Laconi (Kawasaki) fourth - making it four different manufacturers on the front row of the grid.

Corser’s team mate Yukio Kagayama struggled with a very painful right hand and then made a small mistake at the first chicane on his Superpole lap. It was enough to relegate him to the ninth fastest time and a third row grid place. Joining him on row three is Team Alstare Engineering Corona Extra Fabien Foret after posting his best qualifying result of the season so far.

Troy Corser - 1st, 1:46.058:

“After taking things pretty steadily yesterday because of the weather, it was good to be able to push harder today. The bike worked pretty well and the guys gave me a great package to use on my Superpole lap. In the free practice before Superpole we tried a new qualifying tyre and decided to use it for Superpole. I was a bit cautious on the brakes going into the first chicane, but when I felt that the tyre was going to stick ok, I started to go for it.

“The second split was good and the third was perfect. For that I have to thank the whole team. Races at Monza are never easy because it’s so difficult to get a gap on the field and I think there's going to be a lot of tactics going on. My aim is to stay in the front group, see how it goes, and then make my move when I think the time is right.”

Yukio Kagayama - 9th, 1:47.156:

“My right hand is a problem. I put on some strapping and that helped a lot, but after one lap or so I started to lose feeling in the hand so I don’t think it’s going to be possible to race with it strapped up. Although there are many fast corners here, there are also some chicanes and that’s where I find it hard getting the bike to change direction quickly enough.

“I made a small mistake at the first chicane on my Superpole lap and the back end came off the ground. That lost me a lot of time and I could only finish ninth today. I need two very good starts tomorrow and my hand to last the distance without any big problems. It’s not going to be an easy day!”

Fabien Foret - 12th, 1: 48.009:

“On the positive side I managed to qualify for Superpole ok and that was good considering the problems I had in practice: things mainly to do with the rear shock. We solved the problem in the afternoon untimed practice and I felt more comfortable straight away. But I don’t think I was aggressive enough on my Superpole lap and so ended 12th. It’s going to be two long, hard races tomorrow and I need good starts if I am to have any chance of good results.”

Final WSB Qualifying: 1 Troy Corser (Aus-Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra) 1:46.058, 2 Bayliss (Aus-Ducati) 1:46.360, 3 Barros (Bra-Honda) 1:46.511, 4 Laconi (F-Kawasaki) 1:46.597, 5 Walker (GB-Kawasaki) 1:46.978, 6 Pitt (Aus-Yamaha) 1:47.015, 7 Muggeridge (Aus-Honda) 1:47.082, 8 Toseland (GB-Honda) 1:47.133, 9 Yukio Kagayama (J-Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra) 1:47.156, 10 Haga (J-Yamaha) 1:47..627. 12 Fabien Foret (F-Alstare Engineering Corona Extra) 1:48.009.

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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