PRODUCTIVE TEST FOR TEAM ALSTARE The two-day tests at Misano proved to be very productive for Team Alstare and all three riders were happy to leave Misano having done good jobs. The weather behaved itself during the two days and for once rain...
PRODUCTIVE TEST FOR TEAM ALSTARE
The two-day tests at Misano proved to be very productive for Team Alstare and all three riders were happy to leave Misano having done good jobs. The weather behaved itself during the two days and for once rain did not spoil play. Troy Bayliss (Ducati) ended up the fastest rider, but that was no surprise as Misano is well regarded as a circuit for 'twins', Alstare's Troy (Corser) set the second quickest time of the tests, with Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha) third and Lorenzo Lanzi (Ducati) fourth. Misano's Superbike lap record was set way back in 2002, but today the top fifteen, including Alstare's Fabien Foret, all went quicker!
I think these two days have been very productive and we've made another step forward. We've worked a lot on suspension and I tried a different rear pivot and link and also some front end changes as well and I feel we made a significant improvement. The track has been pretty consistent over the two days and the grip level has stayed more or less the same throughout. We haven't had any clutch problems - well none that I can think about anyway, so that's been good news as well. I tried the new big '200' tyre from Pirelli and I quite liked it. On full lean the side grip is better. It's a little slower changing directions - not so much losing time, but harder work for me! Misano has always been a 'twins' circuit, so we knew that we'd be chasing Bayliss around here. His bike seems to have just a little extra punch out of the slow turns - it's just the nature of a twin and we can't do too much about that - but we'll work on other areas to compensate.
I'm happy with the way the tests have gone and we have done much good work. Here at Misano, I concentrated on working on the engine. We tried different settings, mapping etc., and I also tried a development engine ( an engine with some new parts) this afternoon. I think it has good potential, but we need to do more work on it. At the moment I prefer my bike from the morning. We made a good set-up for it and I had a good feeling with it. These two days, I had no problems and no crashes, so this makes me feel happy.
I am very happy because we have done a good job on the bike during these two days and now I have a good feeling with the bike. At the last test in Valencia I was able to do some good laps, but I was not consistent. Here, I've done some good laps and they have been much more consistent. I'm now feeling that I'm riding a Superbike not a Supersport bike and although I'm not at 100% yet, it's getting closer. Of course, I am still learning this bike, but everything is starting to come together. I followed Yukio for a while this afternoon and I could see where I was losing ground and it made me think about what to do next time out. After this test, I have a much better idea of what I feel, what I want and what I would like. And, most of all, I have enjoyed myself!
Results (2-day) 1 Bayliss (Aus-Ducati) 143 laps, best lap 1:33.317, 2 TROY CORSER (Aus-Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra) 140 laps, best lap 1:33.824, 3 Haga (J-Yamaha) 111 laps, best lap 1:33.870, 4 Lanzi (I-Ducati) 127 laps, best lap 1:33.933, 5 Walker (GB-Kawasaki) 117 laps, best lap 1:33.984, 6 Laconi (F-Kawasaki) 145 laps, best lap 1:34.085, 7 Nieto (E-Kawasaki) 130 laps, best lap 1:34.181, 8 YUKIO KAGAYAMA (J-Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra) 141 laps, best lap 1:34.266 9 Xaus (E-Ducati) 134 laps, best lap 1:34.315 10 Pitt (Aus-Yamaha) 122 laps, best lap 1:34.469, 12 FABIEN FORET (F-Alstare Engineering Corona Extra) 156 laps, best lap 1:34.660