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Laverty Tops Final Australia WSBK Test

2011 World Superbike Prep

After Aprilia Alitalia rider Max Biaggi topped the timesheets on Day 1 and 2 of the Phillip Island World Superbike test sessions, Eugene Laverty was quickest the third and final day.

The Sterilgarda Yamaha rider’s lap time of 1:31.5 on Thursday was also the fastest of the three-day test; the Brit used soft tires and took advantage of the dry conditions. It had rained in the morning, as it did every day at in the Phillip Island Superbike tests, but the track eventually dried.

Eugene Laverty (Sterilgarda Yamaha R1 Superbike) says: "I’m pretty pleased with the test, it’s a nice way to go into the winter break. In the three days we got a lot of laps done, the second day especially was big breakthrough."

"So far we’ve had two one day tests so the second day here was where we really made the bike mine. The race times on the 2011 machine weren’t so far away from 2010 bike so we’re developing in the right direction. The new Ohlins front fork is definitely an improvement. I’m still learning this bike so we are fine tuning it as we go."

Second fastest in the Yamaha and Superbike tests at Phillip Island was the 2010 World Superbike Champion Biaggi. He didn’t have time to respond to Laverty’s lap time, so his 1:32.1 kept him second fastest.

The third fastest time was split between Biaggi’s teammate Leon Camier and Laverty’s teammate Marco Melandri.

Both riders were three-tenths off Biaggi’s time. During the test, Melandri tested some Pirelli rain tires and 2011 Superbike-spec rubber.

Unofficial World Superbike Phillip Island Test Times: 1. Laverty (Yamaha) 1’31.5 (on soft tyres); 2. Biaggi (Aprilia) 1’32.1; 3. Camier (Aprilia) 1’32.4; 4. Melandri (Yamaha) 1’32.4.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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