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Author: Team Suzuki Press Release
Posted on: Friday, Apr 04 2008

German Neukirchner set the fastest time of 1.34.806 on his GSX-R1000 with Japanese rider Kagayama a close second on 1.34.932.

Fonsi Nieto suffered grip problems and finished down the order in 16th place, but knows that a big improvement is possible tomorrow.

Max Neukirchner - 1st, 1:34.806:

“I am very happy today, not so much because I was the quickest but because we found a good bike set-up. We started with the set-up from when we tested here in March and then found a new way to make the bike more stable both in the front and the rear. It’s been quite cool today and we know that we have more problems when the temperature rises, so I guess I am hoping that it stays much the same.

Yukio Kagayama - 2nd, 1:34.932:

Today we carried on our work and I think everything is getting better. We began with the set-up from our last test and tried to find some small improvements. I didn’t have any big problems today, just a little rear end problem in the afternoon. My physical condition is not 100%, but thats probably quite good because it means that I wasnt pushing too hard!

Fonsi Nieto - 16th, 1:35.766:

I am not very happy today with the lack of rear grip and I couldnt go faster because of this mainly. But the good news is that we have some ideas what to do about the problem and thats what we will be working on in the morning tomorrow. I didnt feel that the track conditions were good for me today but I know I can make a big improvement tomorrow.

Friday WSB Qualifying:
1 Max Neukirchner (D-Alstare Suzuki) 1:34.806,
2 Yukio Kagayama (J-Suzuki Alstare) 1:34.932,
3 Checa (E-Honda) 1:35.042,
4 Bayliss (Aus-Ducati) 1:35.060,
5 Fabrizio (I-Ducati) 1:35.080,
6 Lanzi (I-Ducati) 1:35.085.
16 Fonsi Nieto (E-Suzuki Alstare) 1:35.766.


Team Alstare Suzuki rider Xavi Simeon finished the first day of qualifying at Valencia with the sixth fastest time, but was disappointed not to finished higher up the order!

He was not happy with the balance of the bike and frustrated that he could not get anywhere near the times he did when he tested here in March.

Italian Claudio Corti (Yamaha) set the fastest time in qualifying today, with a lap of 1:37.5613. Second was Davide Giugliano (Suzuki) with Alessandro Polita (Ducati) third.

Xavi Simeon- 6th, 1:38.466:

I had problems with the balance of the bike and for some reason it did not seem to want to turn. At the moment, we dont understand why, because we are using the same set-up we found when we tested here in March and that worked very well.

Although the bike is the same, it feels different and we are not sure why at this moment. The team and I will sit down together and figure out whats going on and then come up with some ideas what to do in tomorrows practice and qualifying.

Friday Superstock 1000 Qualifying:
1 Corti (I-Yamaha) 1:37.512,
2 Giugliano (I-Suzuki) 1:37.602,
3 Polita (I-Ducati) 1:37.897.
6 Xavi Simeon (B-Alstare Suzuki) 1:38.466.

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