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.
WSS Champion Cal Crutchlow, sporting a new helmet design with championship cycling multi-coloured stripes, was just into the 1’35s, Leon Camier (Aprilia), on a 1’35.8, tied on times with new Honda signing Max Neukirchner, while Sylvain Guintoli (Alstare Suzuki) set a best of 1’36.1.
In WSS, Hannspree Ten Kate Honda riders, Kenan Sofuoglu and Michele Pirro set a 1’36.8 and 1’37.1 respectively.
One more day of testing remains at the 4.005km circuit in Valencia.