Troy Corser finished the first day of qualifying at Philip Island with the 12th quickest time after experiencing some tyre problems in the two sessions today.

Corser was looking forward to a good performance at one of his favourite circuits, but it didn't go entirely to plan. Frenchman Regis Laconi led the charge and ended with a time of 1m 34.068s and provisional pole. Second fastest was Garry McCoy, ahead of Steve Martin and Marco Borciani - all Ducati-mounted.

"I am struggling a bit with the front tyre at the moment and getting some chattering," explained Corser, "We couldn't fix it this morning, so I just had to try and ride round the problem. The wind kept changing direction, so that didn't help either!

"We changed the front fork later on today and I felt better, but then we lost some grip! At the moment I'm not happy with the set-up and I'm not happy because we are quite a bit down on our top speed - ten kph slower then Regis [Laconi].

"We'll change the front tomorrow for sure and maybe a little adjustment to the rear as well. So far, the engines are being consistent, but I feel that they are a tad slower then normal, so we'll have to see how it pans out tomorrow. I certainly don't want to be on row three after Superpole!"

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