Press Release
(2005 FIM Superbike World Championship)
Troy Corser News
Round 7, Brno (CZ), Friday 15th July 2005, Friday Qualifying
Circuit: 5.403 kms. Weather: dry, sunny 26-30 C


Troy finished the first day of qualifying at Brno with the second fastest time -
just a whisker behind Briton Chris Walker (Kawasaki) despite having some
problems with grip. Troy is one of the few riders who has ridden here before (he
took a tremendous double here in 1996), but he started off relearning the
technically difficult and demanding circuit just like the rest of his fellow
competitors. In the morning session he was only seventh, but when he put on his
qualifying tyres for the afternoon timed session, he suddenly found the grip he
had been lacking and was able to put in a very fast lap. In the end, he was only
beaten by Chris Walker (Kawasaki) who put in an absolute flyer in the hot
afternoon sun. Third quickest was Max Neukirchner (Honda), with Jose Luis
Cardoso (Yamaha) completing the provisional front row of the grid. Troys team
mate Yukio Kagayama finished eleventh quickest today - not bad considering that
it was his first time at the circuit.

TROY - 2nd, 2:03.487

It has been a bit of a funny day really. In the morning, I couldnt get any
feedback from the tyres at all. The problem was both the front and the rear and
it just felt like the track was dirty and a bit greasy or something. Normally,
either the front or rear is better or worse then the other, but this morning,
both felt equally as bad. But, in the afternoon, things were completely
different when I put on the qualifiers. Straightaway I had grip! I had more feel
and I was able to push harder. When I put my regular race rubber back on, it was
back to the old lack of feel.

This track is technical and it is fast and wide and you have to know it well to
put in quick laps. It is also a track where it is important to keep up good
corner speed and that was something I couldnt do with my race rubber today.
Walker, Toseland and Laconi tested here recently and they also had some new
tyres to try and so they arrived here already a step or two ahead of us. It is
one of their designated test tracks, so it is OK for them to test. What we are
not so happy about is that Pirelli gave them some new tyres to try out and all
the top designated teams should get these at the same time - not some before the
others. But, well keep at it and well do our best to get the better of them

C ya.

Friday qualifying:

 1 Walker (GB-Kawasaki)                           2:03.064
 2 TROY CORSER (AUS-Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra)  2:03.487
 3 Neukirchner (GER-Honda)                        2:03.912
 4 Cardoso (ESP-Yamaha)                           2:03.917
 5 Laconi (FRA-Ducati)                            2:04.184
 6 Sanchini (ITA-Kawasaki)                        2:04.330
 7 Clementi (ITA-Ducati)                          2:04.336
 8 Vermeulen (AUS-Honda)                          2:04.436
 9 Toseland (GB-Ducati)                           2:04.613
10 Haga (JPN-Yamaha)                              2:04.729