DUCATI XEROX TEAM COMPLETE AN EXTREMELY POSITIVE FIRST DAY OF TESTING AT VALLELUNGA Vallelunga (Italy), Tuesday 8th July: just a week after the last round at Misano, most of the World Superbike teams arrived at Vallelunga circuit yesterday ready...
DUCATI XEROX TEAM COMPLETE AN EXTREMELY POSITIVE FIRST DAY OF TESTING AT VALLELUNGA
Vallelunga (Italy), Tuesday 8th July: just a week after the last round at Misano, most of the World Superbike teams arrived at Vallelunga circuit yesterday ready to participate in an official two-day test session, during which Pirelli development teams will test different tyre solutions prior to Round 12 of the championship, to be held at this very track in two months time. The session also provides the teams with valuable track time ahead of the upcoming rounds at Brno and Brands Hatch.
Troy Bayliss and Michel Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) are joined here this week by Niccolo' Canepa, winner of last year's Superstock 1000 Cup, who this season will enter the Brno, Vallelunga and Magny-Cours Superbike rounds as a wildcard on board the Ducati 1098 F09.
Day one concluded positively for the Ducati Xerox Team who spent the sessions testing settings and different tyre combinations, Pirelli having brought several new front and rear tyres to the track. Faced with track temperatures that rose to nearly 50o.C, Bayliss set the fastest time of the day and was the only rider to lap in under 1m37. Niccolo' Canepa concluded the day's testing with the second fastest time and Michel Fabrizio recording the fourth fastest time. Canepa spent the day on board the F09 development bike.
Troy Bayliss 1m36.5s
"It's my second time back here on the F08 after a first visit last September and we've done a really good job here today I think. We've tried a couple of things that seem to have improved the bike since I rode it last week at Misano and so I'm feeling really happy. We've done a lot of laps and a couple of mini long-runs and everything went well - I can say that I'm feeling happier on the bike than I have in a while. Pirelli have brought several new front and rear tyres which we've been testing and we'll try a few more tomorrow. I'm feeling really positive."
Niccolo' Canepa 1m37.0s
"This morning I found it a bit tricky at first because it's been a long while since I rode a Superbike and after all the kilometres I've clocked up on the GP bike it took a bit of time this morning to adapt. I didn't expect to go so well so quickly today to be honest so I have to say I'm very happy. We will certainly improve further tomorrow and we also want to test qualifiers as I haven't tried them yet and I don't want to be ill-prepared for Superpole at Brno. I think I need a little time to gain confidence with the bike but I have to admit I'm very satisfied with the progress we've made already today."
Michel Fabrizio 1m37.3s
"All things considered it hasn't gone badly today. I feel really tired, we've worked hard, it's very hot and I've clocked up a lot of miles throughout the day. We've tried various rear tyres today and tomorrow we'll work more with the front tyres, to ultimately find the best combinations of front and back with which to cover race distance. Overall we're pretty happy with the results."
TIMES: 1. Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) 1m36.5s; 2. Canepa (Ducati Xerox) 1m37.0s; 3. Haga (Yamaha) 1m37.1s; 4.Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) 1m37.3s; 5. Corser (Yamaha) 1m37.4s; 6. Smrz (Ducati) 1m37.4s; 7. Checa (Honda) 1m37.6s; 8. Kiyonari (Honda) 1m37.7s