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Old 02-21-2009, 08:25 AM   #1
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SPOILER WSBK: Phillip Island test - Saturday times

Phillip Island World Superbike unofficial testing times - Saturday

1. Max Neukirchner GER Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 1min 32.5secs
2. Michel Fabrizio ITA Ducati Xerox 1098RS 1min 32.7secs
3. Yukio Kagayama JPN Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 1min 32.7secs
4. Jonathan Rea GBR Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR 1min 32.9secs
5. Noriyuki Haga JPN Ducati Xerox 1098RS 1min 33.0secs
6. Tom Sykes GBR Yamaha YZF-R1 1min 33.2secs
7. Ben Spies USA Yamaha YZF-R1 1mmin 33.3secs
8. Carlos Checa ESP Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR 1min 33.3secs
9. Troy Corser AUS BMW S1000RR 1min 33.8secs
10. Ryuichi Kiyonari JPN Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR 1min 34.0secs
11. Ruben Xaus ESP BMW S1000RR 1min 34.3secs

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Having spent the last four days on the beach and having BBQ’s it was down to the serious stuff today with the first of a two day Superbike test at Phillip Island.

“I made my usual start to the day with a trip to the bakery and then it was straight to the track. I was dead excited to be getting out on the bike and I got straight on to a decent pace as soon as I went out on track. On my second lap I was in the 1m36’s and I stayed there for about 15 laps which was a good start.

“I hit a bit of a brick wall mid morning with my set-up, but the WP suspension guys came up with a solution to try and it worked well and meant it was easier and I was lapping faster.

“After that I was at the sharp end all day, I don’t know anyone else’s times but the times we were doing were consistent and fast. I tried a few different tyres but because we’re only testing we don’t actually have that many tyres to work with. We tried a softer tyre but we couldn’t get that to last.

I got down to a 1m 33.2s lap this morning when the track was cool but with the changes we made I managed a 1m 32.9s when the track was hot. I missed my chance of setting a really fast lap because you have to do that in the morning when the track is cooler.

“Tomorrow my aim is to do two full race runs. I want to be ready for next weekend and by doing two race simulations will make it easier when we do the real thing.”

“I’ve done 112 laps today and I’m feeling good, I’m not that bothered if I go much faster tomorrow, we’ll just have to wait and see.”
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WTF is doing Spies on 7th? He should have figured out the R1 already.
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Supersport!

Look at McCoy!!

1. Garry McCoy AUS Triumph BE1 Racing 675 1min 35.6secs
2. Cal Crutchlow GBR Yamaha SSP YZF-R6 1min 35.7secs
3. Fabien Foret FRA Yamaha SSP YZF-R6 1min 35.8secs
4. Andrew Pitt AUS Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR 1min 35.8secs
5. Kenan Sofuoglu TUR Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR 1min 36.0secs
6. Gianluca Nannelli ITA Triumph BE1 Racing 675 1min 36.8secs
7. Doni Tata Pradita INA YZF Yamaha R6 1mmin 38.3secs
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Supersport!

Look at McCoy!!

1. Garry McCoy AUS Triumph BE1 Racing 675 1min 35.6secs
2. Cal Crutchlow GBR Yamaha SSP YZF-R6 1min 35.7secs
3. Fabien Foret FRA Yamaha SSP YZF-R6 1min 35.8secs
4. Andrew Pitt AUS Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR 1min 35.8secs
5. Kenan Sofuoglu TUR Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR 1min 36.0secs
6. Gianluca Nannelli ITA Triumph BE1 Racing 675 1min 36.8secs
7. Doni Tata Pradita INA YZF Yamaha R6 1mmin 38.3secs
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Recap:

Max Neukirchner set quickest time on his Suzuki GSX-R K9 on the fourth day of this week's testing taking place at Phillip Island, the Australian circuit that will host the opening round of the 2009 SBK World Championship in seven days time. The teams present were Ducati Xerox, Hannspree Honda Ten Kate, Alstare Suzuki, Bmw and Yamaha World Superbike, while Aprilia and Kawasaki World Superbike Racing Team concluded their pre-season shake-down on Wednesday.

Weather conditions today saw a few clouds with 22°C air and 32°C track temperatures, slightly lower than the scorching heat earlier in the week.

Neukirchner lapped in a time of 1 minute 32.5 seconds, the same as the mark recorded by Max Biaggi on Wednesday on his Aprilia RSV4. The new Suzuki K9 looks to have enormous potential, but Alstare have already tested at Phillip Island for three days back in January, so could have a slight advantage over the others. The Japanese four-cylinder machine also went well in the hands of Yukio Kagayama, who posted a 1'32"7.

The day saw a number of riders go down. The most serious incident involved Carlos Checa, who crashed at the hairpin, banging his head. Ten Kate Honda's Spanish rider was unable to recall anything and was taken by ambulance to the nearby Dandenong hospital for a check-up. A few hours later his condition improved but only tomorrow will an eventual OK be given for him to continue testing.

The two Ducati riders also had crashes: Michel Fabrizio, in second place with a time of 1'32"7, slid off at Honda while Noriyuki Haga crashed at Turn 2, both without any serious consequences. BMW's Troy Corser was another rider to crash out on day 1.

Over at Yamaha their two new riders Ben Spies and Tom Sykes, who have never even seen Phillip Island, both took time to learn the track, and they ended up seventh and sixth respectively.

Pre-season testing concludes tomorrow Sunday.

Unofficial times: 1. Neukirchner (Suzuki) 1'32"5; 2. Fabrizio (Ducati) 1'32"7; 3. Kagayama (Suzuki) 1'32"7; 4. Rea (Honda) 1'32"9; 5. Haga (Ducati) 1'33"0; 6. Sykes (Yamaha) 1'33"2; 7. Spies (Yamaha) 1'33"3; 8. Checa (Honda) 1'33"3; 9. Corser (BMW) 1'33"8; 10. Kiyonari (Honda) 1'34"0; 11. Xaus (BMW) 1'34"3.
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Supersport Recap:

Triumph ahead of Yamaha and Honda was the big surprise on the first day of Supersport testing as Garry McCoy powered to a time of 1 minute 35.6 seconds on his home track. Yamaha's new signing Cal Crutchlow from Britain, making his first appearance at the difficult Australian circuit, was second, after a crash during the day. The Ten Kate Honda squad, undefeated in Supersport since 2002, for the moment only have reigning champion Andrew Pitt in fourth, just ahead of team-mate Kenan Sofuoglu. With the times of the top riders being so close, all signs point to a hard-fought Supersport season ahead.

Unofficial times: 1. McCoy (Triumph) 1'35"6; 2. Crutchlow (Yamaha) 1'35"7; 3. Foret (Yamaha) 1'35"8; 4. Pitt (Honda) 1'35"8; 5. Sofuoglu (Honda) 1'36"0; 6. Nannelli (Triumph) 1'36"8; 7. Pradita (Yamaha) 1'38"3.
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Ducati Diary:

Phillip Island (Australia), Saturday 21st February 2009: The Ducati Xerox Team have travelled to the Australian circuit of Phillip Island a week ahead of the race weekend in order to benefit from a final two days of testing before the start of the 2009 Superbike season.

Various teams were on track today as the Superbike riders and their technicians make final modifications and carry out the last tests ahead of next weekend’s opening round.

In overcast and blustery conditions, Ducati Xerox factory riders Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio worked hard with their teams and, despite both having a fall, both felt that progress was made during this, the first of the two days.

Michel Fabrizio
“Everything considered it’s been a positive day. I didn’t complete so many laps which was a shame because unfortunately I fell in the early afternoon, a silly mistake as a tried to take the corner in second rather than in first, and as a result I did a lot of damage to one bike while the second wasn’t totally ready. I went back out towards the end of the session and I was able to complete a few fast laps. I’ve not had any particular problems today so I hope we can make more progress tomorrow.”

Noriyuki Haga
“We have tried various front settings today and are working to find a good balance. I had a fall earlier but nothing serious. Although we had a bit of trouble to find the right direction today, we have ideas as to what we can try tomorrow so I am confident that day two will go much better.”

TIMES: Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) 1m32.7s; Haga (Ducati Xerox) 1m33.0s
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WSBK Phillip Island test - Overall times
Phillip Island World Superbike unofficial testing times - Overall

1. Michel Fabrizio ITA Ducati Xerox 1098RS 1min 32.19secs
2. Noriyuki Haga JPN Ducati Xerox 1098RS 1min 32.30secs
3. Ben Spies USA Yamaha YZF-R1 1mmin 32.36secs
4. Max Neukirchner GER Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 1min 32.59secs
5. Yukio Kagayama JPN Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 1min 32.78secs
6. Troy Corser AUS BMW S1000RR 1min 32.93secs
7. Jonathan Rea GBR Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR 1min 32.96secs
8. Tom Sykes GBR Yamaha YZF-R1 1min 33.10secs
9. Carlos Checa ESP Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR 1min 33.3secs
10. Ruben Xaus ESP BMW S1000RR 1min 33.53secs
11. Ryuichi Kiyonari JPN Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR 1min 34.0secs

top 8 inside a second
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WSS: Phillip Island - Overall times
Phillip Island World Supersport unofficial testing times - Overall

1. Kenan Sofuoglu TUR Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR 1min 34.7secs
2. Garry McCoy AUS Triumph BE1 Racing 675 1min 34.8secs
3. Andrew Pitt AUS Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR 1min 34.8secs
4. Cal Crutchlow GBR Yamaha SSP YZF-R6 1min 35.3secs
5. Fabien Foret FRA Yamaha SSP YZF-R6 1min 35.8secs
6. Gianluca Nannelli ITA Triumph BE1 Racing 675 1min 36.3secs
7. Doni Tata Pradita INA YZF Yamaha R6 1mmin 37.3secs
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3. Ben Spies USA Yamaha YZF-R1 1mmin 32.36secs

Now, that is more like it.
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Recap:

Fabrizio powers to the top on final day of Phillip Island testing

Michel Fabrizio powered his Ducati 1098R to the top slot on the final day of pre-season testing at Phillip Island, the venue for next weekend's opening round of the 2009 championship.

The 24 year-old from Rome lapped in 1 minute 32.19 seconds, just three-tenths away from the Australian circuit's outright record of 1'31"826, set by Troy Corser (Yamaha) in 2007, and four-tenths of a second quicker than Troy Bayliss's 2008 fastest race lap. The Italian twin-cylinder machine also went well in the hands of Noriyuki Haga, who ended the day second quickest with a time of 1'32"30. After his lap, Haga then fell at the same Turn 2 where he crashed yesterday.

Yamaha's new signing Ben Spies made a big step forward, the Texan setting an excellent time of 1'32"36 on a track he experienced for the first time yesterday.

Suzuki Alstare took one step backwards, with Saturday's pace-setter Max Neukirchner unable to go any quicker than 1'33"03, while team-mate Yukio Kagayama was four-tenths slower than yesterday's pace. The Suzukis were struggling with rapid tyre wear and the team engineers had to concentrate on set-up to try and resolve the problem in view of next Sunday's two 22-lap races.

BMW managed to dip below the 1'33" mark, Troy Corser setting a respectable time of 1'32"93 before being forced to stop due to a not uncommon occurrence at this circuit, a collision with a seagull. The Australian suffered a nasty blow on his right arm, which kept him out of action for the afternoon session.

Earlier on in the week Max Biaggi had lapped in 1'32"59 on his Aprilia RSV4: the Italian machine, which is the other major new entry in 2009 together with BMW, could be on the pace right away come next weekend.

Carlos Checa (Honda Ten Kate) had to miss the final day of testing after suffering concussion in his crash at the hairpin on Saturday.

Today also saw crashes for Jonathan Rea (Honda Ten Kate) and Tom Sykes (Yamaha), but neither rider suffered any consequences and both will be at full strength for next Friday's opening practice sessions.

In Supersport the quickest time was set by 2007 champion Kenan Sofuoglu (Honda) ahead of Garry McCoy with the increasingly competitive three-cylinder Triumph 675: the Australian also crashed out today, but without problems.
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>> Ten Kate Honda prepared for 2009 SBK challenge

The Ten Kate Honda World Superbike team has declared itself ready to challenge for the 2009 championship title after a two-day test at Phillip Island in Australia, venue for the first round of the series next weekend (27 February-1 March).

The squad’s latest recruit, British rider, Jonathan Rea, set the fastest time of the test with a lap of 1’31.8s, on a par with the existing lap record set by Troy Corser in 2007. As well as a fast lap, last season’s World Supersport runner-up from Ballymena in Northern Ireland, today concentrated on race simulations in preparation for the new season ahead.

Rea’s Hannspree Ten Kate Honda team-mate, Carlos Checa, did not at ride at Phillip Island today following a heavy crash yesterday, which resulted in a bang on the head and a sore shoulder. The Spaniard, however, who finished his rookie championship in 2008 in fourth place with two race wins, is confident of a strong start in next weekend’s opener.

Ryuichi Kiyonari, riding under the Honda Accessories banner for 2009, set a fastest time of 1’33.1s during the test and the Japanese ace is looking forward to adding to the three wins a scored in his first World Superbike championship last season.

Jonathan Rea – best time 1’31.8s
Well, according to some websites, I crashed today and was like seventh quickest. I’m happy to report, however, that I didn’t crash and did a 1’31.8s lap which we think was the fastest today! What matters is that we were able to find a setting that allows some tyre life at the end of the race and that I’m getting to grips with the traction control. We did two full race simulations today and the bike felt great. We know what we have to do next weekend but I’m really excited at the potential we’ve shown here.

Carlos Checa – 1’33.3s
My shoulder is still a little sore and my head, well, that’s always had some problems! No, I am really OK and will be fit for next weekend’s first round after some rest this week. I was able to complete a good number of laps to try some new things, but we were hoping to try a new rear tyre, which unfortunately we couldn’t do. With the weather in Portimao and the crash here, it hasn’t been the perfect winter testing, but I like Phillip Island and I’m looking forward to racing again next weekend.

Ryuichi Kiyonari – best time 1’33.1s
I had some problems finding a good set-up on the first day of this test but we made some changes for the second day and definitely made some progress. It was not so much to make one fast lap, but we were happy with consistency of laps during a race simulation. I had a small crash today but it was not such a problem. Of course, there is still some work to do but I am really looking forward to the start of the season next week.

Ronald ten Kate – team manager
We’ve had quite a good test here, although it was disappointing for Carlos. He took a big knock to the head and his shoulder was sore but he has had a thorough check-up and will be good to go next week. It’s a shame because he was one of the fastest riders at that point of the weekend, so I’m sure he will be on the pace when it matters. We’ve made some progress on the second day with Kiyo-san and he is definitely fast on race tyres. Jonathan also found things a little difficult on the first day, but some overnight changes put the bike in the right place and he put in some quick times. There are still some issues on race distances but, all in all, it’s been a positive test and we’re in good shape for next week and the season ahead.

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>> Champions Ten Kate seek Honda’s eighth successive title

Hannspree Ten Kate Honda head into the 2009 World Supersport championship season in search of the team’s eighth consecutive title. And with the 2007 and 2008 champion riders lining up alongside each other in the team’s pit box, the challenge is clear.

Andrew Pitt (2008 champion) and Kenan Sofuoglu (2007) have just completed a two-day test at the Phillip Island circuit in Australia in preparation for the 2009 opener at the same circuit next weekend (27 February – 1 March).

Setting the fastest time of the test, it was Sofuoglu who edged out his team-mate by just one tenth of a second, indicating a thrilling and highly competitive season ahead for the Honda CBR600RR-mounted riders.

Kenan Sofuoglu – best time 1’34.7s
I am very happy and cannot wait to race my bike again next weekend. It was a little difficult to find a rhythm on the first day of this test but it all came together on day two and the bike is feeling fantastic again. There is still some more to come but I’m comfortable with the bike, the team and everything, so I’m really feeling positive for the season ahead.

Andrew Pitt – best time 1’34.8s
The times have been pretty good, even though we had a few problems yesterday and only managed about an hour in the morning when the conditions here are at their best. We made some changes and today I did a few laps first thing, changed tyres and was on it straight away. I’m looking forward to the race next weekend, especially starting the season at home as world champion.

Ronald ten Kate – team manager
We tried some different set-ups on the first day and found the right direction to go in today. It has been quite straightforward and both riders were comfortable putting in faster laps and doing race simulations, both of which were faster than last year’s race. Everyone is feeling very positive for the start of another World Supersport season on the amazing Honda CBR600RR.
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ALSTARE SUZUKI MEN SET FOR SUPERBIKE OPENER

Team Suzuki Press Office - February 22.

After two days of intense testing at Phillip Island in Australia, Team Suzuki Alstare riders Max Neukirchner and Yukio Kagayama are now ready for the opening round of the World Superbike Championship there next weekend.

Conditions remained dry throughout and the team were able to try out a lot of different things and find good set-ups for both riders.

Neukirchner was the quickest rider on day one, but ended fifth fastest overall with Kagayama just behind him.

Max Neukirchner - (190 laps, best lap 1:32.5):

"My general feeling is that these two days went well and we've been able to find a good set-up for the bike for next weekend. We had some rear grip problems yesterday but managed to solve the problem today and make further progress. I think we are in a good way with the bike and feel positive about next weekend's race. Phillip Island is a very good track for testing because of its variety: It has fast corners, slow corners and changes of elevation. Everything we've done in these two days is going to be very helpful next week."

Yukio Kagayama - (171 laps, best lap 1:32.8 ):

"I'm happy, because I did not crash and many other riders did! I rode quite safely during these days because I knew there was a lot of work to do and I did not want to make any mistakes so close to the first race. We tried many things and many different set-ups and the biggest problem for me was the variations in tyre level performance. But we found a good set-up for next week's race and I hope I can start the season with a good result and keep up a good level throughout the year."
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HAGA AND FABRIZIO (DUCATI XEROX) COMPLETE SECOND DAY OF TESTING AT THE ISLAND

Phillip Island (Australia), Sunday 22nd February 2009: The Ducati Xerox Team made good progress during the second and final day of testing at the Island.

Both Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio spent their time testing various tyres and set-ups and both completed long runs on their Ducati 1198 machines under clear skies. The lap times of both Noriyuki, in the morning session, and Michel, in the afternoon, were faster than those recorded on Day 1, with Michel recording the fastest time of the day (1m32.1s). It was unfortunate that Noriyuki experienced another fall, the photocopy of yesterday’s fall, but he was unhurt and was able to continue to work until the end of the day’s session.

The Ducati Xerox Team now takes a few days off and will return to the track Friday for the first day of the Round 1 race weekend. Noriyuki, Michel and their teams are confident that they are ready to confront the first challenging round of the 2009 season.

Michel Fabrizio
“We have worked mainly on getting up to race pace today and it’s gone pretty well. In the late morning I completed a long-run with lap times that were similar to those I recorded during last year’s race here so I was pleased with that. It’s all looking good for next weekend and I’m feeling quietly confident.

Noriyuki Haga
“I’d say overall that it has been a productive day. We have once again tested many different things and I feel I’m starting to know the bike better but we still have work to do in order to test all the configurations that the bike permits. I rode race distance which was a useful exercise and I was quite happy with the wear of the tyres, especially the front. On Friday we want to test some different suspension settings as I am not yet totally comfortable with the front. I’m sorry that I crashed again in exactly the same way and place as yesterday but accidents happen and overall I’m happy with the work we’ve done here.”
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