April 3, 2005

Troy Corser and Yukio Kagayama pulled off a sensational double one-two on their Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra GSX-R1000s at today's second-round World Superbike Championship at Phillip Island, Australia.

Local favourite Corser won both the first and re-started second race and Kagayama pulled back to second again in the rain-hit second race after improving from sixth place when it was stopped.

Corser totally dominated the first of the two 22-lap races and was leading the second by a considerable margin when it was red-flagged after 13 laps. The second part was a 'wet race' and this time Kagayama crossed the line ahead of Corser, but when the times were aggregated, the Australian took the win by a comfortable margin.

In race one, Corser cleared off almost from the start and nobody got anywhere near. At the end his victory margin was more than eight seconds. Kagayama took runner-up spot with Chris Vermeulen (Honda) third some four seconds behind. Fourth was Max Neukirchner (Honda) ahead of Andrew Pitt (Yamaha) and Norick Abe (Yamaha).

The two-part second race saw youngster Neukirchner take a tremendous third behind the Suzuki GSX-R1000s.

Troy Corser - 1st/ 1st:

"I was disappointed not to take Superpole yesterday, but I did say then that today would be much more important. In the dry, the Alstare Suzuki has been working really well and I knew that I could win today. My start was ok and once I got into the lead, I felt very comfortable and I was able to run my own laps and leave the rest to fight each other. As the race progressed I felt very relaxed and was a bit surprised that nobody got near me. It was a great feeling to win at my favourite race track and especially when I saw all the fans waving their flags and cheering.

"I was in control of the second race when the rain came down and it was stopped. I felt sorry for the fans, but it was absolutely the right decision because the track was very, very slippery and even before we returned to the pits, there were a few crashes. The second part was very wet and when Garry McCoy crashed right in front of me, I had to go off the track to avoid him! Yukio and I swapped the lead, but he wanted to win and I knew I had a time advantage, so I didn't try to re-pass him. At the end of the day this was a perfect result for me and the team."

Yukio Kagayama - 2nd/ 2nd:

"I am a very, very happy man today and so thank you to my team for making me so happy. Troy-san was very fast at the start of the first race and there was no way I could catch him, but I was happy to be on the podium in second place. I was very lucky in race two because when it was stopped, I think I was only in sixth place.

"When the second part began, Troy was fast again but later on I was able to catch him and then go into the lead. It was very slippery and I had many slides, but I still gave it a lot of gas because that is the way I ride! I took the chequered flag but I knew that Troy was the winner because he had been so far ahead in the first part. But getting two runner-up spots is a great feeling for me and I am so very happy."

The victory now puts Suzuki on 100 points in the Manufacturers Championship with a 100% record to date.

World Superbike Results:

Race 1: 1 Troy Corser (Aus-Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra), 2 Yukio Kagayama (J-Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra), 3 Vermeulen (Aus-Honda), 4 Neukirchner (D-Honda), 5 Pitt (Aus-Yamaha), 6 Abe (J-Yamaha), 7 Laconi (F-Ducati), 8 Muggeridge (Aus-Honda), 9 Walker (GB-Kawasaki), 10 Bussei (I-Kawasaki),

Race 2: (aggregate): 1 Troy Corser (Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra), 2 Yukio Kagayama (Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra), 3 Neukirchner, 4 Vermeulen, 5 Nieto (E- Ducati), 6 Corradi (I-Ducati), 7 Laconi, 8 Abe, 9 Bussei, 10 Sanchini (I-Kawasaki).

World Championship Points (after two rounds): 1 Troy Corser (Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra) 91, 2 Yukio Kagayama (Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra) 85, 3 Laconi 54, 4 Vermeulen 50, 5 Neukirchner 37, 6 Abe 33, 7 Pitt 31, 7 8 Toseland 22, 9 Bussei 20, 10 Nieto 17.


Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Javi Fores suffered a heavy crash in the morning warm-up today and was still sore when he started the 21-lap race.

He was fighting for a top-10 place with Cogan but overshot Honda Corner and had to rejoin the track. By the time he recovered, Cogan was too far away and so he had to settle for 11th position.

Pole-sitter Sebastien Charpentier (Honda) and local hero Kevin Curtain (Yamaha) fought each other for the lead, but once Charpentier hit the front, he took command and eventually ran out the winner by over three seconds.

Javi Fores - 11th:

"I am not so happy today. In the morning I had a big crash and I think I destroyed my number one bike! My number two bike did not have such a good set-up, so I knew I was in for a hard job. I also banged my head a little and I had a bit of a headache in the race.

"I wanted to be the top Suzuki and I was challenging Cogan in the race when I maybe went in a bit too hot on the approach to Honda Corner and overshot. By the time I got back on the track, Cogan was too far away to catch so I just had to ride for a finish."

World Supersport Results: 1 Charpentier (F-Honda), 2 Curtain (Aus-Yamaha), 3 Foret (F-Honda), 4 Fujiwara (J-Honda), 5 VD Goorbergh (NL-Ducati), 6 Stigefelt (S-Honda), 7 Parkes (Aus-Honda), 8 Chambon (F-Honda), 9 Lauslehto (SF-Honda), 10 Cogan (F-Suzuki), 11 Javi Fores (E-Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra).

World Supersport Points (after two rounds): 1 Charpentier 45, 2 Fujiwara 38, 3 Curtain 33, 4 Foret 27, 5 Parkes 19, 6 Chambon 17, 7 Fabrizio 16, 8 Javi Fores (Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra) 13, 9 Lauslehto 13, 10 VD Goorbergh 11.

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