Published on 21 Jun 2012 by Toni M.
After the washout on Tuesday, the World Superbike teams got hot summer weather yesterday for their second and final day of private testing at the Motorland Aragon circuit in Spain.
With track temperatures reaching 50°C and air temperature at 30°C, the teams present made the most of their 8 hours at their disposal ahead of the next round of the championship that takes place at Alcaniz on July 1st.
While most of the teams didn’t comunicate their lap times, a few riders mentioned what they were doing via Twitter, like Aprilia’s Max Biaggi, Test done. 90 Laps,Best Lap 58.80 we work on suspension set-up and geometry. We try engine brake modification but no good. Ready for race and BMW factory rider Marco Melandri who tweeted “83 laps and superwork from the team. Almost did 2 days test in 1 Good feeling,now relax in Spain while team mate Leon Haslam suffered a small but inocuous crash in the morning session trying to avoid hitting a Supersport rider (Kawasaki Intermoto Step’s Fabien Foret, Romain Lanusse and Imre Toth were also present).
While Max Biaggi put in 90 laps and his best time was 1.58.80, team mate Eugene Laverty unofficially stopped the clock around 1′59″4. The BMW factory team complete with test rider Steve Martin worked on electronics to try to solve the chattering issues they have been, especially Melandri, has been lamenting during the first part of the season.
Kawaski’s Tom Sykes put in 81 laps, while newly confirmed Loris Baz had a small crash but he was able to get close to his team mate in regards to lap times. Fixi Crescent Suzuki’s John Hopkins had a lot of testing to do and parts to try out, after his numerous injuries that kept him from completing some pre-season tests and he and Leon Camier apparently did some long runs to prepare for the upcoming race.
Only BMW Motorrad Italia’s team released lap times, with Ayrton Badovini doing a 1’58″7 with a qualifying tire while Michel Fabrizio did a 1’59″8 with a race tire and Fabrizio worked on the front end feeling of his BMW S1000RR