Aprilia tests SBK at Phillip Island
Aprilia Test Report
A violent downpour of rain at dawn and the grey skies predict yet another day of tests to be discarded, but then the asphalt dries just a few minutes after the beginning of the turn, aided also by the mild temperatures, enough to allow the riders to run immediately and with excellent times.
Sun, wind and heat are the conditions for the conclusion of the In Front Tests, which precede the Australian round, the first one of the 2010 season. Michel Fabrizio has the best time on his Ducati with 1’31"650.
Biaggi was eighth with a best time of 1’32"474, 0"824 behind his countryman. Max continued to work on developing his RSV4 in search of the best possible configuration to take on next weekend’s races.
Leon Camier was Ninth with a best time of 1’32"621 at 0"971 off Fabrizio’s best time. The young English rider is growing compared to yesterday although it seems that he has still not found the right feeling with the difficult Australian track.
Max Biaggi Speaks…
"I was hoping for better results – stated Biaggi – we are still having trouble on the disconnected asphalt where the bike doesn’t behave as it should and it becomes difficult to tighten up on the berm. I’m not particularly happy, I was more confident, even the new tyres haven’t given us any particular benefits. Now we will work toward the two races on Sunday, but it will certainly not be an easy competition".
Leon Camier Speaks…
"Today I was much better – Camier said – I felt more comfortable in Phillip Island’s quick turns. We tried a lot of tyres and a lot of material, but we still need to improve the bike’s configuration. There is still a lot of work to do before the race, partly on the bike, but a lot depends on me in that I still haven’t learned the track well, I don’t interpret it as well as I could and that means that I can’t work efficiently".
World Superbike Test Times Phillip Island
1. Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 1’31.650; 2. Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1098R 1’31.662; 3. Smrz J. (CZE) Ducati 1098R 1’31.680; 4. Checa C. (ESP) Ducati 1098R 1’31.959; 5. Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 1’32.175; 6. Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1098R 1’32.247; 7. Haslam L. (GBR) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1’32.279; 8. Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 1000 F 1’32.474; 9. Camier L. (GBR) Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 1’32.621; 10. Neukirchner M. (GER) Honda CBR1000RR 1’32.691; 11. Xaus R. (ESP) BMW S1000 RR 1’32.714; 12. Toseland J. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 1’32.781; 13. Corser T. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 1’32.819; 14. Lanzi L. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 1’32.830 15. Guintoli S. (FRA) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1’32.869; 16. Vermeulen C. (AUS) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’32.870