Suzuki’s Troy Corser is warning that clutch problems on his GSX-R1000 are hampering the defence of his WSB title.
Despite finishing the first qualifying practice session for Sunday’s Australian round on the front row, he said: "Today (Friday March 3), and especially this afternoon, I had some problems with grip and also the clutch.
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“The grip problems may have been to do with the high track temperature in the afternoon but I was just not entirely happy. The inconsistency of the clutch probably caused my little get-off - at Honda corner.
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“The bike's clutch didn't seem quite right on the approach to the turn and then the bike just tucked under as I went in. It's a slow corner and I wasn’t hurt at all, but it's a bit of a worry if the clutch is going to continue to be inconsistent.
“It's a new clutch for this year, but it worked perfectly well in the four-day test at Phillip Island earlier in the year, so we are a bit of a loss to understand why it is playing up now. Either way, we will have to solve the problem soon or it will become a nuisance."
Corser finished fourth fastest – see link right for all first qualifying times.