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March 4, 2006

Team Suzuki Press Office – March 4, 2006.

Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Troy Corser will start tomorrow’s second-round World Superbike Championship round at Phillip Island, Australia from the front row after taking second place in today’s Superpole.

It was a mixed day for Alstare Suzuki riders Yukio Kagayama and Fabien Foret: Kagayama crashed in regular qualifying and bruised his right hand and the base of his spine. Then, on his Superpole lap, he ran wide exiting Siberia, went over the white line and hit the dirt. He stayed on the bike, but he lost time in the process and ended up with only the 12th fastest time overall.

Foret continued his Superbike learning process, but failed to make Superpole by the narrowest of margins.

Troy Bayliss (Ducati) topped the time sheets with James Toseland (Honda) third and Steve Martin (Petronas) fourth.

Troy Corser - 2nd, 1:32.373

“We struggled a bit yesterday with grip and the clutch, so we made some adjustments to the set-up and changed the clutch today. It was definitely an improvement - though not perfect yet. I think we’re all going to have some sort of grip problems tomorrow if the weather stays as hot as it has been these two days. Most of us are all on the same tyres so it’s going to be a very long, hard day tomorrow. I would’ve liked to win Superpole - in front of all the Aussie fans - but being on the front row is what counts. There are quite a few guys in with a chance so it’s going to be a fantastic day’s racing for all the fans.”

Yukio Kagayama - 12th, 1:34.111:

“We changed the front and rear set-up from yesterday but I don’t think there was any improvement so we will probably go back to our original set-up tomorrow. A couple of mistakes today for me: First a crash in the last corner and I hurt my hand and the bottom of my back. Then in Superpole, I ran wide and nearly lost it when my bike went on to the dirt. Because of that, I lost time and that means I am on the third row of the grid. I need a very good start, otherwise I will get held up in a group and I don’t want that to happen. I hope my back is not too sore tomorrow because I need two good races and many points.

Fabien Foret - 18th, 1:34.513:

“We made some changes to the front end this morning and the bike felt a bit better. But in the afternoon, we could not make any improvement, so we’ll try another change in the tomorrow morning’s warm-up. The bike is very sensitive and I am not finding it so easy to ride as fast as I would like, but I am confident that I will get there. We’ll try and make it handle better over the bumps and be a bit easier to ride. At the moment I am still learning about the difference between a Supersport bike and a Superbike and I think I must change my style of riding if I want to make good progress.”

Final WSB Qualifying:

1 Bayliss (Aus-Ducati) 1:32.159, 2 Troy Corser (Aus-Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra) 1:32.373, 3 Toseland (GB-Honda) 1:33.003, 4 Martin (Aus-Petronas) 1:33.206, 5 Barros (Bra-Honda) 1:33.373, 6 Muggeridge (Aus-Honda) 1:33.571, 7 Pitt (Aus-Yamaha) 1:33.598, 8 Haga (J-Yamaha) 1:33.631, 9 Lanzi (I-Ducati) 1:33.791, 10 Walker (GB-Kawasaki) 1:33.928. 12 Yukio Kagayama (J-Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra) 1:34.111. 18 Fabien Foret (F-Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra) 1:34.513.

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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