Yukio and Max Positive after Phillip Island
Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra riders Yukio Kagayama and Max Biaggi carried on the development programme of the new 2007 GSX-R1000K7 at Phillip Island and left the Australian circuit with a lot of data for the team to evaluate. The team had two different engine specifications to try out and each had different characteristics, so a lot of analytical work had to be carried out so that progress can be made next time out. Max had a very low speed tip-off at MG corner on day two, but apart from that there were no other falls. At the end of the three-day test, according to the Pirelli time-keeping, Yukio finished sixth quickest overall, with Max eighth.
Reigning champion Troy Bayliss (Ducati) surprised everybody by posting a lap of 1:30.67, smashing the lap record in the process, on the new Pirelli development tyres.
YUKIO, 97 laps, best lap1'32''3
"In the three days here, I didn't crash so I am very happy about that! This test has been a lot of hard work and we have had many things to try on the new 2007 bike. But we have done a lot of very useful work, even if the lap times were not as good as maybe we were expecting. I cannot stress how much work we have all done during these three days and we have gathered a lot of very useful information. We will analyse this back in the workshop and then work on the next stage at the next test. Phillip Island is always a good track for testing because of the variety and I hope the next test will move us forward some more and we can be ready for the first race in Qatar.
MAX, 108 laps, best lap 1'32''4
Phillip Island has been very interesting and we have had to do a lot of work here to understand this new bike. We did a couple of long runs, but the results were not so good because the bike was vibrating a bit and that affected the overall times. Also the track was quite a bit hotter on the final day and when that happens normally we don't go so quick. I tried two different engine specifications and got on better with the Japanese spec one. For me it just felt more comfortable to ride and it was a good engine package. The team now has a lot of information and data to work with and the results of this we'll try at our next test. Hopefully, the good work we have done in Australia will pay dividends next time out.
Overall (Pirelli) best times (3-day)
1 Bayliss (Aus-Ducati) 1'30''7, 2 Lanzi (I-Ducati) 1:31"2, 3 Toseland (GB-Honda) 1'31''7, 4 Corser (Aus-Yamaha) 1'32"2, 5 Laconi (F-Kawasaki) 1'32''2, 6 YUKIO KAGAYAMA (J-Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra) 1'32''3, 7 Nieto (E-Kawasaki) 1'32''3, 8 MAX BIAGGI (I-Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra) 1'32''4. 9 Haga (J-Yamaha) 1'32''8,10 Rolfo (I-Honda) 1'33''7
Best 2006 Race lap time: Bayliss 1'32''402