Fabrizio Fastest at Phillip Island Testing Testing

02/22/2010 @ 4:40 pm, by Jensen BeelerComments Off on Fabrizio Fastest at Phillip Island Testing Testing

With the 2010 World Superbike Championship series getting underway in only one week’s time, WSBK riders are getting their last days of testing in at Phillip Island before the season opener next Sunday. If this weekend’s testing is any idication of what we can expect from next weekend while under race and qualifying conditions, then Michel Fabrizio looks like the man to beat. The Italian lead the testing sessions on his Xerox Ducati with a lap time of 1′31.650. Continue on for footage of the testing session by SuperbikeTV, and testing session times from Australia.

The Phillip Island testing was a good outing for Ducati riders, as the Italian brand swept five of the top 6 six spots, as only Ten Kate’s Johnny Rea could managed to be the 5th fastest man around the island. Carlos Checa should a surprisingly strong testing presence, only a hundredth of a second off of Fabrizio’s time on Monday, and was fastest around PI on Sunday. Talking about his dominant stance at the Australian track, Michel Fabrizio said the following:

”I’m satisfied with the lap times because we were consistently fast. I found good race pace with one of the tyre compounds in particular and this bodes well for the weekend, but the result will very much depend on the weather. There are several fast guys here, so it will undoubtedly be a tough race weekend, as well as a hard-fought championship. It’s a difficult challenge but I’m ready to face it.”

Notably absent from the top of the group was last season’s runner-up, Noriyuki Haga. Describing a lack of feeling on the course, Haga was optimistic about Sunday’s races:

“Today we concentrated on suspension settings, making various changes during the day, but for some reason I didn’t find the same good feeling that I had yesterday. Having said that the lap times were fairly fast. With regard to tyres the difficulties are caused by temperature because an increase of just one or two degrees can make a difference. I can’t really predict how the races will go on Sunday; I’m going to relax for two days and then we’ll start work again on Friday.”

2010 Testing Times at Phillip Island:

1M. FabrizioDucati 1098RDucati Xerox Team1’31.650
2S. ByrneDucati 1098RAlthea Racing+0.012
3J. SmrzDucati 1098RTeam PATA B&G Racing+0.15
4C. ChecaDucati 1098RAlthea Racing+0.349
5J. ReaHonda CBR1000RRHANNspree Ten Kate Honda+0.525
6N. HagaDucati 1098RDucati Xerox Team+0.597
7L. HaslamSuzuki GSX-R1000Team Suzuki Alstare+0.629
8M. BiaggiAprilia RSV4-R FactoryAprilia Alitalia Racing+0.824
9L. CamierAprilia RSV4-R FactoryAprilia Alitalia Racing+0.971
10M. NeukirchnerHonda CBR1000RRHANNspree Ten Kate Honda+1.041

Source: WorldSBK & SuperbikeTV

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