Nine years ago Troy Corser did the double at Brno and went on the win the World Superbike Championship. He has just won race one of the Alstare Corona Extra World Superbikes on their return to Brno and if history repeats itself he will be on for another double.
Corser lead from the off and by the end of the race he had pulled a gap of 6.592secs. "It feels like ages since I've won!" he said. "The team have done a great job as we struggled in the early sessions with set up. We took a different direction yesterday and I didn't think it would work, but it really paid off. I stayed consistent and didn't push my tyre."
The current Championship leader believes the best way to deal with Brno is to have clear track in front of you, as he explains. "Once you start dicing with other riders you lose half a second a lap and I figured that was what was happening behind me! Fastest way around here is not to race but have clear track."
Second on the podium was Xerox Ducati's James Toseland who had his work cut out for him after getting a bad start. "I was down in eighth or something daft like that on the first lap," Toseland explained. He encountered clutch trouble on the line, hence his poor start and he admits he was riding aggressively. "I had to be aggressive to get through, my front tyre was going so I needed to get to the front."
The Sheffield rider put a hard and close move on fellow Brit Chris Walker who had a collision with Neukirchner in Saturday's free practice two. Toseland was relieved not to have knocked Walker off as they actually touched, "I'm glad he didn't come off as he was punching people yesterday," he quipped, "I have apologised!"
The third man on the podium was the second Xerox Ducati rider Regis Laconi, who also had to battle this way through the group from ninth on the grid. "Ninth was not a good place to start, I had to push hard to pass and it was not easy. The last five laps were really difficult as my front was sliding," commented Laconi "I need a better start in race two."
Chris Walker looked set for a podium after holding second place up to lap eleven, it wasn't until the Ducatis came on the scene that his podium position looked in doubt. Walker put up a good battle with Laconi and Toseland but his tyres just didn't hold out long enough for.
There was a three rider crash on lap five involving McCoy, Bussei and Sanchini, it wasn't caught on camera but allegedly the crash was caused by Jose Luis Cardoso after he went off track across the grass and rejoined without looking. Cardoso was fine and went on to finish the race unscathed, however Garry McCoy, Team Foggy Petronas, has sustained an arm injury and has banged his head so it will remain to be seen if he is passed fit to take part in race two.
WSBK race one results – Brno: