2011 World Superbike
Due to poor weather at the first official test of the 2011 World Superbike season at the Autodromo do Algarve in Portugal, Suzuki Alstare and the WSBK team’s sole rider Michel Fabrizio didn’t get too much work completed.
But regardless, Fabrizio says he’s upbeat about the upcoming 2011 WSBK season, feeling comfortable on the GSX-R1000.
2010 World Superbike (WSBK)
Three British riders powered to the front in the first day of the official Superbike test at the Portimao circuit in Portugal. Leon Haslam was the man most in form as the Suzuki Alstare rider went quickest both in the morning and the afternoon, ending the day on the 1 minute 42.778 second mark, just three-tenths off Ben Spies’ 2009 outright circuit best lap.
A test for some of the top teams in WSB racing got underway on Wednesday at Valencia, and was blessed by warm temperatures and dry track surfaces.
Top of the list was Leon Haslam, taking his Suzuki Alstare machine to a 1’34.5 second lap. Next fastest proved to be Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing) then double World Superbike Champion of yesteryear, James Toseland (Yamaha Sterilgarda). Toseland, like fourth fastest man Jonathan Rea (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda) fell today, but was unhurt.
Just two days after the last round of this year’s Superbike World Championship (WSBK) in Portimao, Suzuki Alstare begin their preparation for 2010 with two days of tests at their Portuguese circuit. New signings Sylvain Guintoli and Leon Haslam will have two days with the team before the winter tests later this year.
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Biaggi (Aprilia) takes the top slot in opening qualifying session at Valencia.
Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing) was the man on form in Friday’s first qualifying session at the Valencia circuit in Spain. The Italian, who was always amongst the pacesetters, set the quickest time of the day ten minutes before the end of the session with a time of 1 minute 34.775 seconds. Right behind Biaggi were the two race winners in the opening rounds of this year’s championship, Ben Spies (Yamaha World Superbike) and Noriyuki Haga (Ducati Xerox).