2012 World Superbike Test
Although the first day at pre-race testing at Motorland Aragon was a washout, the World Superbike riders were greeted with dry conditions Wednesday for the second and final day of testing.
The test, which occurs ahead of round eight of the 2012 World SBK Championship at Aragon July 1, the start of the second half of the season, was led by Aprilia Racing’s Max Biaggi, who just came off a double win at Misano.
The current points leader focused on set up on the Aprilia RSV4, and following 90 laps on race tires, he set a quickest lap of 1:58.8. Also on the track with Biaggi was his teammate Eugene Laverty, who was six-tenths of a second slower than the Italian, and test-rider Alex Hoffman. Chaz Davies also provided vital support for Aprilia on his ParkinGO MTC version.
Kawasaki Racing Team’s Tom Sykes was present, putting in 81 laps aboard his ZX-10R, working on setup ahead of Aragon WSBK. Loris Baz also joined Sykes as the duo tweaked the ZX-10R; Kawasaki did not report any times.
Joining the factory BMW Motorrad riders Marco Melandri and Leon Haslam, were the team’s test rider, Australian Steve Martin. The three of them completed a total of 287 laps. Neither the times of Haslam, who had a small crash aboard a Supersport machine, or Melandri were reported. But all three riders focused on improving the S1000RR’s chassis, electronics package and braking systems.
BMW’s Italian “cousins” also covered a large number of laps, with Ayrton Badovini setting his best time in 1’58.7 seconds on a qualifying tire, while Michel Fabrizio lapped in 1:59.8 on a race tire, World Superbike reports
John Hopkins, who between one injury and another was actually taking part in his first ‘real’ test of the season, and Leon Camier also made considerable progress with their GSX-1000R for the FIXI Crescent Suzuki squad.
The Kawasaki Intermoto Step team of Fabien Foret and Romain Lanusse, together with Imre Toth and Balazs Nemeth (Racing Team Toth Honda) were the Supersport representatives, together with Lorenzo Baroni (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet) and Jeremy Guarnoni (Kawasaki MRS Racing) from Superstock 1000.