When the final two-day World Superbike test of 2016 wrapped up Tuesday at Phillip Island in Australia, the sole American in the series – Nicky Hayden – finished seventh overall.The Honda WorldSBK CBR1000RR SP pilot posted a quickest lap of 1:31.558, which was just under a half-second off the top lap set by Kawasaki Racing Team’s Tom Sykes.
During the Phillip Island SBK test, the 34-year-old Kentuckian experimented with electronics, linkages, suspension and geometries of the CBR1000RR. Overall Hayden, the 2006 MotoGP Champion who joined World Superbike full time for 2016, completed 116 laps.Nicky Hayden says: “The test started really well and I was able to get up to speed quite quickly, despite the different behavior of the tires compared to the ones I used on this track in the past. We made few further adjustments that proved to be positive and the overall feeling wasn’t too bad.“This afternoon I struggled a lot because of the high temperatures and we tried to make a long run, but it was really too hot; there is definitely some work to do in understanding the bike and the tires in these conditions. It hasn’t been the perfect test for us because of yesterday’s rain and all the red flags today which messed up my rhythm.“The team has worked amazingly hard, and they all did a great job. Hopefully we can make good use of the next two days to analyze the data and finalize the preparation for the weekend.”Hayden returns to the Australian circuit Friday for the opening round of 2016 World Superbike.
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In this week’s first segment, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the BMW K 1600 GT. This is the sporty bagger version of BMW’s K series of machines, those are the models with the awesome 6-cylinder engine. The GT has been given a little makeover for 2023, and Nic gives us his take.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my all time heroes—three-time World Champion racer ‘fast’ Freddie Spencer. I’ll do my best not to come off as too much of a fanboy here, but frankly it’ll be tough!
In my humble opinion, Spencer is a contender for the GOAT—greatest of all time. Sure, his career was a little shorter than some, and his number of championships falls behind the likes of Lawson, Doohan, Rossi, and of course Marquez. But at the time, Freddie literally changed the way motorcycles were ridden. 30 years before Marc Marquez, Freddie was able to push the front wheel into a slide, corner after corner, lap after lap in order to get the bike turned faster than anyone else. Freddie took completely different lines and was able to get on the throttle so early he could out accelerate anyone off a corner.
In the modern era, of course Freddie is the chairman of the FIM MotoGP Stewards panel. This is the panel of referees for all three classes of Grand prix racing. I talked to Freddie about his task there, and although for contractual reasons with Dorna and the FIM he cannot talk about specific riders, teams, or events, nevertheless his explanation of the job makes for interesting listening. It’s a tough job, and frankly I wouldn’t want to do it!
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