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NEUKIRCHNER TAKES MONZA FRONT ROW START

Author: Suzuki Press Release
Posted on: Sunday, May 10 2009



His team mate Yukio Kagayama set the eighth fastest lap time and will start just behind Max on row two.

America Ben Spies (Yamaha) once again dominated Superpole and took his fifth straight win of the season. Second was Michel Fabrizio (Ducati), with Ryuichi Kiyonari (Honda) third. Neukirchner's fourth place means that the front row of the grid is filled by four different manufacturers.

Max Neukirchner - 4th, 1:44.900:

"It's my first time on the front row and I'm happy for myself and the whole team. We improved the bike from yesterday by making some changes to the suspension and electronics and I think we have a good package and one that can give us a podium. Tomorrow we'll make a few adjustments in the warm-up and see if we can make the bike better, but I think we'll be OK. It will be important to get good starts tomorrow because the last thing I want is to get held up behind a group of riders going into the first chicane. But I hope I will not be in that situation and will do my best to make sure I get good starts."

Yukio Kagayama - 8th, 1:45.861:

"We improved the feel of the brakes and today I was able to overtake some riders on the brakes, whereas I could not do this yesterday. My only problem was I felt that my bike did not have enough rear grip in the high speed turns, so we will try something in the warm-up tomorrow to see if we can improve the grip there. I like Monza circuit and I will be hoping to get on the podium tomorrow."

Final WSB qualifying: 1 Spies (USA-Yamaha) 1:44.073, 2 Fabrizio (I-Ducati) 1:44.270, 3 Kiyonari (J-Honda) 1:44.642, 4 Max Neukirchner (D-Suzuki Alstare Brux) 1:44.900, 5 Haga (J-Ducati) 1:45.096, 6 Rea (GB-Honda) 1:45.170, 7 Biaggi (I-Aprilia) 1:45.605, 8 Yukio Kagayama (J-Suzuki Alstare Brux) 1:45.861.



SUPERSTOCK 1000:

Team Suzuki Alstare Brux rider Claudio Corti set the second quickest lap in qualifying today at Monza and will start tomorrow's 11-lap race on the front row just behind Xavi Simeon (Ducati). Joining them on the front row will be Maxime Berger (Honda) and Dominico Colucci (Ducati).

Claudio Corti - 2nd, 1:48.825:

"I am happy enough with second because I am only a tenth of a second or so behind the leader. Today was a good day and the only problem I had was that I felt that the track was a bit dirty in the Ascari, so I took it steady through there.

"My bike was better today than yesterday and a little faster because we were using a new exhaust. I feel ready for the race and ready to challenge for the podium, especially as I have a lot of fans coming from my home town (Como) tomorrow and I want to give them all a good result."

Saturday Superstock 1000 qualifying: 1 Simeon (B-Ducati) 1:48.675, 2 Claudio Corti (I-Suzuki Alstare Brux) 1:48.825, 3 Berger (F-Honda) 1:49.062, 4 Colucci (I-Ducati) 1:49.178, 5 Fores (E-Kawasaki) 1:49.512, 6 Beretta (I-Ducati) 1:49.545.


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