WSB - Team Alstare Suzuki Positive For Misano - June 21st 2006
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Following its disastrous weekend at Silverstone, Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra is going to round six of this year's Superbike World Championship at Misano in a positive frame of mind.
Misano is a track reigning World Champion Troy Corser knows well and, although the track does favour twins, he is hoping that the good test work done by his team mate Yukio Kagayama in Brno last week will pay dividends. Kagayama has had a bit of a topsy-turvy season and although he is not fully fit, he too is determined to get back on the podium.
For Alstare Engineering rider Fabien Foret, the San Marino round is the halfway point in what has been a difficult learning year for the Frenchman. But in the Brno tests, he made a significant step forward with his bike set-up and is now much happier about his Misano prospects.
I'm obviously disappointed to have missed the Brno tests but I know that Yukio has done a good job there. The first day of practice at Misano will be used to try out some of the ideas from Brno and it'll also be a chance for me to ease myself back in the saddle after a lay-off of nearly a month. Misano is quite a technical track and there are a few places where you can either make up or lose time, so you have to have a pretty good set-up and know what you're doing. It's a track that seems to suit the twins and, because it is their home circuit, Ducati will be pulling out all the stops to win, but that will not stop me from trying to spoil their party.
I think we did a lot of good work in Brno recently and now I hope that all the information we collected can be put to good use. Physically the three days in Brno were very tiring because Troy-san was not there, but since then I have had a chance to rest and I will be ready for Misano for sure. Although I am not 100% fit, when I am on the bike I forget about any discomfort and just ride. In Misano last year I had a crash in the first race and I was sore in the second and couldn't push hard. It is not an easy track, but I want to get my season back on track and take a podium or two. This is my goal.
My learning curve continues and I am more happy after the two days at Brno recently because I found a setting I really liked. Now it is up to me to put it into practice in Misano and score some good championship points. The season has not panned out the way I thought, so Misano being half way would be a good place to make a big improvement.