THE DUCATI XEROX TEAM CONCLUDES THREE-DAY PORTIMAO TEST Portimao (Portugal): Sunday 25th January 2009: Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) have today concluded the Pirelli tyre development tests taking place at the Autodromo ...
THE DUCATI XEROX TEAM CONCLUDES THREE-DAY PORTIMAO TEST
Portimao (Portugal): Sunday 25th January 2009: Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) have today concluded the Pirelli tyre development tests taking place at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve.
The morning session was red-flagged early on and subsequently cancelled due to oil on the track. In the afternoon, and on a drier surface, Superbike teams took part in a mock-up of what will be the Saturday afternoon track schedule on race weekends, completing a half-hour free practice session before trying out the new-look Superpole. Superpole will now consist of three 12-minute sessions, with the fastest 20 riders competing in Superpole 1, the fastest 16 at the end of Superpole 1 progressing to Superpole 2 and the fastest 8 at the end of Superpole 2 continuing on to Superpole 3, thus establishing the race grid. This was followed by a simulation of the "flag-to-flag" scenario that would be implemented during in a race in case of rain.
Both Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio have found the three-day test of benefit and both look forward to travelling to Phillip Island for the opening round of the 2009 championship.
"The new-look Superpole seems great, it was just a shame that today's weather was as it was but this test of the new format was definitely useful. It's clear that the riders now have to work well with the team, it's more about strategy with this new Superpole but it's good that changes are made to the regulations. Overall this has been a strange weekend, I feel like I only found feeling with the bike this afternoon. Of course the weather hasn't helped us but I finally found a good tyre today and worked a lot on the race setting, running the tyres for a lot of laps and choosing not to take riskes just to record the fastest time. Now I am looking forward to Phillip Island, a track that I love and where the weather will surely be better!"
"Unfortunately we have not had good weather over these three days. I am however very happy with the work we've done, we've found the direction to take with the settings and I've enjoyed every exit I've made. The new Superpole is strange, and when the weather is like it was today, with rain coming on during the three Superpoles, it complicates things. We can have a plan but we cannot plan the weather! Now I'm looking forward to Phillip Island, and feel nearly ready to race. The Phillip Island tests, just a week before the race, will be useful too of course."