Team Alstare Corona news Valencia tests, February 7th, 2006 Conditions: Dry, sunny FABIEN ON THE UP! Fabien Foret used the second and final day of the test at Valencia to get comfortable with the bike and, by the end of the day, managed to ...
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Valencia tests, February 7th, 2006
Conditions: Dry, sunny
FABIEN ON THE UP!
Fabien Foret used the second and final day of the test at Valencia to get comfortable with the bike and, by the end of the day, managed to break the 1: 37 barrier. His best lap of 1.36"9 was done on 2005 race rubber, whereas many of the other riders had set their fast times on the new and improved 2006 Pirellis. Fabien put in an amazing 137 laps during the two days and left the circuit tired, but happy with the progress he and the team had made in such a short time.
FABIEN 137 laps, best lap - 1.36"9
For the first time on the bike, I'm very happy. I could do 1.37s consistently and that was on 2005 race tyres, not the new improved stuff they had here for some of the experienced quick riders. I am surprised how well I got on because I did not what to expect of either the bike or myself.
The most important thing here was for me to get comfortable with the bike and I was nearly there by the end of the day. I'm also very happy with my team and it is a testament to all their good work that we had no problems at all. Valencia is a physically demanding track and you hardly get a chance to rest, so now I am quite tired. Tired, but very happy!
XAVI MEETS HIS NEW BIKE.
After riding his 2005 GSX-R600 bike yesterday, today was the first time that Xavi was able to get onboard the 2006 version. The bike that arrived this morning was completely standard and had to have some of the cosmetic parts (lights, indicators etc.) removed and taped up before Xavi could get out on the track. Despite the relatively short time on the bike, Xavi left Valencia with a smile on his face and is looking forward to his next outing on it, when it will be in ready-to-race trim.
XAVI SIMEON best lap - 1.45"3
Today was a good day and I am happy. The Suzuki I rode today was completely standard - no special parts at all - but it was good to have some track time on it and start understanding the differences between it and last year's bike.
Although the bike I rode today was completely standard, I have a positive feeling it can improve quite a bit. Now I am looking forward to riding it again and going faster. I am pleased with the feeling of the chassis and generally I feel optimistic about the season ahead.
<pre> WSBK February 7th best laps
Bayliss Ducati 1.34''4 (R) 1.34''3 (Q) Lanzi Ducati 1.35''6 (R) 1.35''4 (Q) Toseland Honda 1.35"8 (R) 1.35''2 (Q) Muggeridge Honda 1.36''2 (R) 1.35''5 (Q) Neukirchner Ducati 1.36''4 (R) Abe Yamaha 1.36"4 (R) Clementi Ducati 1.36"6 (R) Rolfo Ducati 1.36''6 (R) Borciani Ducati 1.36''7 (R) FABIEN FORET Suzuki 1.36''9 (R) Brignola Ducati 1. 37.1 (R) Pedercini Ducati 1.37''2 (R)
R = race tyre Q = qualifier