Last year's Imola World Supersport round saw a dream result for Alstare Suzuki, with the team taking a perfect one-two finish courtesy of Katsuaki Fujiwara and Stephane Chambon respectively.

Both rider's remained with the team for 2003, and while it won't be easy to repeat their stella 2002 results with what is now the 'oldest' bike on the block - both team and rider's are ready to give it all they've got.

"Last year was so good - for me and the team! I want that again!" beamed Fujiwara. "But, I don't think that it will be so easy this time, because the new Hondas are so strong and fast and our Suzuki does not seem to handle quite as well as them. Imola is a very hard and physical circuit, so I know I have to be at my very best for this race.

"It's probably impossible to catch and pass Vermeulen in the title race, but I definitely want to finish second. I have two races left and that means I want two podiums - and two wins would be perfect!" he added.

"Imola last year was a good result, but I would've preferred to have won and Kats to be second!" admitted team-mate Chambon. "I have my chance this year to do that but, like all races this year, it will be hard. I've found the GSXR600 a bit hard to change direction quickly this season (probably because I am small) and that makes my life a bit difficult sometimes. I prefer tracks that flow, but Imola is not one of them.

"However, I will be going all-out for a podium and maybe a win. Kats did it last year, so it's my turn this year!" the Frenchman concluded.

Imola first Supersport qualifying takes place tomorrow (Friday).

 

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