Yamaha Day-1 Test Times
British riders James Toseland and Cal Crutchlow completed their first day of testing on the Phillip Island circuit in Australia today. The day was without incident barring a small crash by Crutchlow in the afternoon session.
This was the first outing for the riders on the 2010 bike, both Toseland and Crutchlow focused with their team on setting up the machine ahead of next week’s season opening race.
It makes you wonder how Ben Spies would have faired on this day? Here is what the Yamaha Sterilgarda World Superbike Team had to say after the first day of WSBK testing.
James Toseland Speaks… (11th 1’33.1)
"A steady day for us today. We’ve been focusing on getting the new chassis set-up right, so not been trying to break any lap records, just solid track time to fine tune the bike. I’m looking forward to getting back out tomorrow and improving on today."
Cal Crutchlow Speaks… (15th 1’33.4)
"Not the fastest day I’ve had, it doesn’t feel natural to be that low on the times, but I know we’ll improve on that tomorrow. It’s only our first day on the new bike so we’re really working hard to get the set up right so we can hit the ground running."
Massimo Meregalli Speaks…
"Today was our first running in session for the new bike. The riders have been working to dial in the chassis for the Phillip Island circuit, and we will continue to do so tomorrow. We received valuable feedback from both James and Cal through both sessions and will use that to fine tune for tomorrow. Cal had a small crash this afternoon, but luckily received no injuries so can carry on as normal."
Superbike Test Times (Day 1) Phillip Island
1. Checa C. (ESP) Ducati 1098R 1’31.959; 2. Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 1’32.349; 3. Haslam L. (GBR) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1’32.484; 4. Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1098R 1’32.518; 5. Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 1’32.544; 6. Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1098R 1’32.671; 7. Neukirchner M. (GER) Honda CBR1000RR 1’32.735; 8. Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 1’32.832; 9. Smrz J. (CZE) Ducati 1098R 1’32.912; 10. Lanzi L. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 1’32.979; 11. Toseland J. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 1’33.135; 12. Guintoli S. (FRA) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1’33.190; 13. Sykes T. (GBR) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’33.222; 14. Corser T. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 1’33.299; 15. Crutchlow C. (GBR)Yamaha YZF R1 1’33.444; 16. Xaus R. (ESP) BMW S1000 RR 1’33.498