Poor conditions ruin test.
The two-day test at Valencia was not as productive as it should have been for Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra, due to the inclement weather. The first day was a virtual washout and most of the riders only completed a handful of laps in the treacherous conditions. Yukio did not venture out, but Troy did - though a small crash in the afternoon caused a premature end to the proceedings. Fortunately Troy only bruised his left hip but,
because he was not due to ride on the second day, his test was over. The second day was sunny and fine, with almost perfect blue skies, though the track was still damp and very cold from the previous day. Yukio knew that the track would be very slippery early in the day so he waited until the afternoon before going out. His fastest lap of 1:36.3 was the third quickest of the day behind the Ducati duo of Lorenzo Lanzi and Troy Bayliss.
It was impossible to ride on the first day because the rain was so hard and heavy. I would not have learnt anything, so I stayed in the garage instead. The second day was much better, but I did not go out until the afternoon because the track was drying out in the morning. But even when it dried, the temperature was very low and it was hard to get the tyres to work properly. We had a few things to try out, but the weather prevented us from completing our plans.
I went out on day one only because I knew I would not be at the track on day two. I did get a chance to test three different wet tyres, so we got some info. In the afternoon I had a small get-off at the final chicane and banged my left hip a bit. It was a bit sore later, but not too bad. Sometimes when we test at Valencia in winter the weather is superb and we get a lot done. This time though, the weather was bad and so we were unlucky. It happens like that sometimes.
<pre> Valencia best laps Lanzi Ducati 1:35.7 Bayliss Ducati 1:36.1 KAGAYAMA Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra 1:36.3 Haga Yamaha 1:36.6 Muggeridge Honda 1:36.9 Walker Kawasaki 1:37.0 Pitt Yamaha 1:37.2 Nieto Kawasaki 1:37.3 Toseland Honda 1:37.5 Laconi Kawasaki 1:39.2 Jones Petronas 1:41.2