Alstare Suzuki's Troy Corser battled from lap one to lap twenty five with the very determined Noriyuki Haga during race one of the World Superbikes at Brands Hatch but victory went to Corser when he put a strong move on Haga that he simply couldn't counter.
Althought Corser has a massive lead in the Alstare Corona Extra World Superbike Championship he still wants to get the best results possible. "We always need more points, I'm going to get the best results I can in each race and I wasn't going to settle for second," said Corser.
Racing up close with the determined Japanese rider had Corser a little worried as he admitted, "It is very scary racing with Haga! He has calmed down a lot, he used to be out of the seat more. The Yamaha has really come on in the last couple of rounds and Haga is riding it hard."
Noriyuki Haga agreed that his Italia Yamaha has got better but he still feels it needs a little work. "I make mistake and used a lot of tyre at beginning to catch Troy," he admitted, "On the lap five laps I had no grip, I will change setting for race two but it depends on luck."
Current World Champion James Toseland had a disappointing race when he had a technical that ended his race on lap nine, the team have confirmed that he suffered from an electrical problem. His Xerox Ducati team-mate Laconi finished in third place after reeling in the battling leaders.
"I am very happy with the result," said Laconi. "But I need more grip for race two."
Yukio Kagayama who raced with two broken ribs after a big high side during qualifying came home in a well earned eighth position.
Wildcard rider Dennis Hobbs brought his Nvidia Yamaha over the line in twelfth position scoring points at World level. However, he wasn't happy with the result as he felt he could have picked off Abe for eleventh place if his head gasket hadn't gone on lap seventeen.
"My head gasket blew and I was really getting held up by Abe," he commented. "I'll have to run my second bike in race two, its engine isn't quiet so powerful but it might work the tyres better. I'm glad to get that race over and I'm ready for the next one."
WSBK race one results – Brands Hatch:
1. Troy Corser
2. Noriyuki Haga
3. Regis Laconi
4. Chris Vermeulen
5. Chris Walker
6. Karl Muggeridge
7. Andrew Pitt
8. Lorenzo Lanzi
9. Yukio Kagayama
10. Max Neukirchner