February 24, 2005
Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Troy Corser led the charge in the first World Superbike Championship qualifying session at Losail, Qatar today.
His best lap of 2:01.244, was one tenth of a second ahead of his nearest rival Jose Louis Cardoso (Yamaha) with Regis Laconi (Ducati) some way behind in third place and team mate Yukio Kagayama sixth on the day that saw the morning un-timed session washed out. The rain started falling just before Supersport practice and got worse as the Superbike competitors were about to go out.
Troy, Yukio and the team decided that it would be pointless to go out in the slippery conditions and sat out the entire session instead. In the event, only nine riders went out in the wet and most only completed a few laps.
TROY CORSER - 1st, 2:01.244:
"There was absolutely no point going out this morning. All we'd have done is use up some tyres and maybe crash. This track is difficult in the dry because there is such a narrow usable line, but in the wet it is terrible. We carried on today where we left off after the tests at the weekend. We tried a different link and played about with the mapping and improved a little in all areas. I didn't push hard at all today and I feel that today's lap times could be fairly similar to what we may run in the race. I know I can go quicker if I have to, so we'll see what happens tomorrow. This track is not an easy one for overtaking so a front row start is crucial."
YUKIO KAGAYAMA - 6th, 2:02.284:
"I didn't want to go this morning because I didn't want to make any stupid mistakes and I don't think I would've learned anything. This track is more slippery than any other track I've ever know. If this had been a track in the UK, I would've gone out. That's how slippery it is here! This afternoon we tried a few different little adjustments on both bikes and now I think they are very similar to each other. Today the track felt like it did the first day we rode here last Saturday so I am hoping that it will improve tomorrow. I rode very steadily today and I am happy."
Thursday Superbike qualifying: 1 TROY CORSER (Aus-Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra) 2:01.244, 2 Cardoso (E-Yamaha) 2:01.388, 3 Laconi (F-Ducati) 2:01.980, 4 Gimbert (F-Yamaha) 2:02.217, 5 Neukirchner (D-Honda) 2:02.236, 6 YUKIO KAGAYAMA (J-Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra) 2:02.284, 7 Vermeulen (Aus-Honda) 2:02.469, 8 Chili (I-Honda) 2:02.507, 9 Haga (J-Yamaha) 2:02.687, 10 Toseland (GB-Ducati) 2:02.754.
WORLD SUPERSPORT QUALIFYING:
Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Javi Fores is positive that tomorrow will be a lot better than today and that he will be able to move further up the World Supersport grid from 12th position.
JAVI FORES - 12th, 2:07.586:
"I am not happy to be so low down the order, but I didn't have a good feeling with my bike today and I think that showed in the results. My bike felt hard in the corners and sometimes it seemed as if the rear wanted to overtake the front! I lost a lot of time in the slow corners but in the fast turns the bike felt much better. Tomorrow we will change the balance of one bike and later the set-up of the other and see what progress we can make. I am hoping for a big improvement."
Thursday Supersport qualifying: 1 Charpentier (F-Honda) 2:03.841, 2 Fujiwara (J-Honda) 2"04.808, 3 Fabrizio (I-Honda) 2:04.909, 4 Foret (F-Honda) 2:05.006, 5 Curtain (Aus-Yamaha) 2:05.196, 6 Cogan (F-Suzuki) 2:06.364, 7 Parkes (Aus-Yamaha) 2:06.436, 8 Chambon (F-Honda) 2:06.597, 9 Nannelli (I-Ducati) 2:07.438, 10 Lauslehto (Fin-Honda) 2:07.454. 12 JAVI FORES (E-Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra) 2:07.586.
Source: Team Suzuki Press Office