THE DUCATI XEROX TEAM TAKES PART IN FINAL TESTS BEFORE THE OPENING OF THE 2009 SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP
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.
"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."
"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."