Motorcycle Racing News Portimao WSBK: Supersonic Ducati, Day 2

Portimao WSBK: Supersonic Ducati, Day 2

World Superbike Test

There was rain during the second World Superbike test day on the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimao, Portugal.

But Maxime Berger and the Supersonic Superbike team were not interrupted, the French Supersonic Team rider made the most number of laps: 43.

A clear signal of Maxim Berger’s commitment and his strong desire to adapt quickly to the Ducati 1198 with the electronic parts provided by the team from Danilo Soncini.

During the morning, Maxime performed 15 laps clocking a best time from 2’01 "201. In the afternoon, 28 laps and he managed to improve his best time: 1’59 "472.

Friday will be the third and final day of testing on the Portuguese track, crucial in the journey to the first race of the 2011 World Superbike Championship at Phillip Island in Australia.

Maxime Berger (Supersonic Ducati) says:"Even today, the goal was to improve my feelings with the bike and team without taking unnecessary risks, and without seeking for a good lap time. I am grateful for having the experience in wet conditions and we worked on various wet settings.

"I’m the youngest rider in this 2011 SBK year and I have to work a lot and learn a lot. I thank the team and Danilo, they allow me to work without pressure and this is helping me a lot.

"Today I learned how to work with my team taking advantage of the telemetry data. Also I’m getting used to the ‘ride by wire.’ And it was important to try all on a wet track, but tomorrow I’d rather find a dry track and a little sun."

Danilo Soncini (Supersonic Ducati) says: "Maxime Berger was not used to make so many laps on a wet track and being half equipped with electronic controls like on our Ducati 1198.

"Today Maxime has worked extensively with the team and understood the working method of our technicians very well.

"He learned to take advantage of telemetry and provided to the team all the information needed to improve his bike.

"He preferred not to take risks and this has never sought the lap times. In the afternoon he used the "ride by wire" system. The two test sessions were positive, thanks to Maxime and our entire team."

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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