WSBK: Fabien's steady start
Team Alstare Corona news
source: Kel Edge Photography
Valencia tests, February 6th, 2006
Conditions: Dry, sunny
Team Alstare Corona + Suzuki Italia rider Fabien Foret took things steadily on his first outing on the Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 at Valencia today. The last time Fabien rode a Superbike was nearly five years ago, so he used the time today to get to know the bike and gradually build up his confidence. It was also a huge learning experience for his team of mechanics, because this GSX-R1000 is totally an 'Alstare' creation. The bike itself is an over-the-counter bike that anybody can buy with the addition of an Alstare designed swinging arm, top fork yokes, petrol tank and other small cosmetic parts. The Ohlins front forks and rear shock are also available to anybody and the whole package has been put together by Bruno Bailly and the rest of the Alstare mechanics. Fabien didn't put in any dramatic lap times today, but that was down to the fact that a lot of work understanding the bike has to be done before he can start finding his, and the bike's limit.
Fabien (best lap 1:38.7)
Well this was my first time on the bike and I'm pretty happy how it all went today. I even managed to feel a bit relaxed on it towards the end of the day. Each time I went out, the feeling improved and I am beginning to understand the big differences between it and a 600. The GSXR has so much more torque and engine braking and it is very different to the bikes I've been riding the past five years or so. Everything happens so fast! It would be an easy bike to crash, so I took things fairly steadily and tried to work with the bike. But, I can tell you, that already I'm having fun!
Fabien Foret (Alstare Suzuki Corona + Suzuki Italia)1.38''7