Yuki Kagayama on the Alstare Corona Extra Suzuki took a hard fought win at round ten of the Corona Extra Superbike World Championship at the Eurospeedway in Germany.
He beat his friend Noriyuki Haga on the Yamaha Italia into second place with only one lap to go. Third place went to the second Alstare Suzuki, with out going World Champion Troy Corser on board.
Corser was pleased to be back on the podium after a bit of an absence, “It has been way too long since I've been up here. I'm happy but it was a tough race and the pace was fast from the first to last lap. Bayliss went down pushing hard, he just lost the front, so I eased off through that bend and I'm looking forward to the next race,” he said, “I would like to pass on my condolences to the families of Steve Irwin and Peter Brock who were both killed this week, it is a big loss for Australia but life goes on,” he concluded.
Haga who lead for a large part of the race was a little disappointed not to take the win after all his hard work, “I enjoyed the battle with Yukio and Troy-san but I am disappointed with second. The last five laps my front tyre finish. I'm now thinking about which tyre for next race.” During free practice Haga injured ligaments in his wrist whilst saving a near high side, “After Superpole I go to medical centre for my arm. This morning I still have pain so I have injection and before race I have pain killer. Now it works very nice,” he said.
Race winner Kagayama admitted the race was tough and he had to give it his all, “The feeling was one hundred and ten percent all race. Noriyuki was very fast, he have very fast average lap time and for first fifteen laps I'm catching. Last five laps his times are down so I get closer and on last lap I over take him. I drink beer tonight!”
Troy Bayliss on the Xerox Ducati was leading the race until lap four when he crashed. He was able to restart in twenty third place and worked his way into the top ten. He got up to eighth place and was battling with his team-mate Lorenzo Lanzi when he had another off track excursion. He rejoined with out losing any positions on track and on the next lap he passed his team-mate to take a well earned seventh place.
James Toseland on his Winston Ten Kate Honda didn't have the race he had been hoping for running in fifth place. On lap fifteen he ran a little wide allowing Alex Barros and his own team-mate Karl Muggeridge to get ahead of him. And whilst still running seventh he ran on into the gravel trap which pushed him down to ninth place when he rejoined.
WSBK race results (1) – Lausitz:
1. Yukio Kagayama
2. Noriyuki Haga
3. Troy Corser
4. Andrew Pitt
5. Alex Barros
6. Karl Muggeridge
7. Troy Bayliss
8. Lorenzo Lanzi
9. James Toseland
10. Fonsi Nieto