Glorious sunshine welcomes in a new WSBK era

Wednesday, 6 October 2010 15:46 GMT
Glorious sunshine welcomes in a new WSBK Era
A dry track and fabulous sunshine delivered good track conditions for the riders testing at Magny-Cours, allowing some strong times to be set and a lot of work to be carried out as they prepare for a new season barely a few days after the end of the old one.

A consistently high place was set in the afternoon sessions by Eugene Laverty (Yamaha Sterilgarda), in his first Superbike ride. Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) rode hard from the start in his new team, spending most of his time on the 2010 spec S1000RR, and going for a fast time right at the end of play.

Noriyuki Haga (Aprilia Pata Racing Team) got through a lot of work today, but fell late in the session, without injury. He finished early, after going back out for a short time after his fall. Michel Fabrizio (Suzuki Alstare) rode for most of the day in his single bike team.

Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) and Katsuaki Fujiwara (KHI Test Rider) set good times for such a new bike as the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R, while the new-spec BMW S1000RR, complete with stubby exhaust pipe, redesigned fuel tank and new engine spec, took Troy Corser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) towards his third BMW season in WSBK racing.

Unofficial Times: 1. Laverty 1m38.8s; 2. Haslam 1m39.2s; 3. Sykes 1m39.3s; 4. Corser 1m39.9s; 5. Haga 1m40.0s; 6. Fabrizio 1m40.0s