RAIN CATCHES OUT KAGAYAMA2007-03-30 06:27
Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Yukio Kagayama was a victim of a wet circuit when he crashed in today's opening practice for Sunday's World Superbike Championship third round at Donington Park in England.
Both Kagayama and team mate Max Biaggi started cautiously and, although conditions improved marginally in the afternoon, the track still had several damp patches. It was one of these that Kagayama hit towards the end of the qualifying session and which caused him to suffer a heavy fall, knocking him out for a few minutes He was taken to the Medical Centre for a check up and X-Rays, but luckily suffered no broken bones or any other injuries apart from a sore back. Biaggi took today very carefully, using the two sessions to find a good base set-up for his GSX-R1000 K7, before beginning to push hard.
Troy Bayliss (Ducati) posted the day's fastest lap, over a second under the lap record. Second is Troy Corser (Yamaha) with Ruben Xaus (Ducati) third and series leader James Toseland (Honda) fourth.
Yukio Kagayama - 7th, 1:34.549:
"The conditions today were not easy and then I crashed! It happened at Craner Curves when I hit a small damp patch on the track and lost control. I hit my head and knocked myself out for a little while but there were no other injuries. My back is very sore but I'm sure it'll be ok after a good sleep. I would like to race this weekend but it is not up to me. We shall see what happens in the morning."
Max Biaggi- 9th, 1:34.593:
"Today was not so easy and I used the time to try and find a good base set-up for my bike. We had no data from here so we had to start at the beginning and work our way through quite a few things. In these conditions it is difficult to try and choose tyres for the race because conditions could be very different tomorrow or Sunday. This afternoon, when the track was half wet and half dry, was tricky and I didn't want to push too hard and crash. A few times today I made small mistakes breaking too hard and having to run a bit wide. That was probably because we had some clutch problems and that was probably why I couldn't go any faster at the end of the qualifying session."
Friday Qualifying:1 Bayliss (Aus-Ducati) 1:32.33, 2 Corser (Aus-Yamaha) 1:32.817, 3 Xaus (E-Ducati) 1:33.646, 4 Toseland (GB-Honda) 1:33.692, 5 Laconi (F-Kawasaki) 1:33.729, 6 Muggeridge (Aus-Honda) 1:34.203, 7 Yukio Kagayama (J-Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra) 1:34.549, 8 Haga (J-Yamaha) 1:34.553, 9 Max Biaggi (I-Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra) 1:34.593, 10 Rolfo (I-Honda) 1:35.363.
Source: Team Suzuki Press Office
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