Corser Fastest at Philip Island - January 21st 2005
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Troy Corser set the fastest time during three days of World Superbike testing at Phillip Island in Australia ahead of fellow Alstare Corona Extra team mate Yukio Kagayama.
The 1996 World Superbike Champion (pictured) set a time of 1:34.2 seconds on his 2005 GSX-R1000 with British Superbike number three Kagayama close behind on 1:34.8, beating Gary McCoy's fastest lap of last year's race by three-hundreds-of-a-second. Corser had a particularly eventful three days, twice colliding with seagulls, while Kagayama escaped a crash unscathed.
The 2005 season championship will feature high caliber World Superbike entries from six manufacturers and even after one test, the Alstare GSX-R1000 Suzuki has already proved that it will play a part in what will be an exciting year of global competition.
At least ten riders will have a chance of winning in 2005, thanks to confirmed entries from closely matched teams and riders on Ducati, Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha, Petronas and Suzuki equipment. The single make tyre rules, with all riders on equal Pirelli racing products, has already proved to be a great success in 2004 and is another factor which promises close and exciting racing.