MEN SET FOR SUPERBIKE OPENER
After two days of intense testing at Phillip Island in Australia, Team Suzuki Alstare riders Max Neukirchner and Yukio Kagayama are now ready for the opening round of the World Superbike Championship there next weekend.
Conditions remained dry throughout and the team were able to try out a lot of different things and find good set-ups for both riders.
Neukirchner was the quickest rider on day one, but ended fifth fastest overall with Kagayama just behind him.
Max Neukirchner - (190 laps, best lap 1:32.5):
"My general feeling is that these two days went well and we've been able to find a good set-up for the bike for next weekend. We had some rear grip problems yesterday but managed to solve the problem today and make further progress. I think we are in a good way with the bike and feel positive about next weekend's race. Phillip Island is a very good track for testing because of its variety: It has fast corners, slow corners and changes of elevation. Everything we've done in these two days is going to be very helpful next week."
Yukio Kagayama - (171 laps, best lap 1:32.8):
"I'm happy, because I did not crash and many other riders did! I rode quite safely during these days because I knew there was a lot of work to do and I did not want to make any mistakes so close to the first race. We tried many things and many different set-ups and the biggest problem for me was the variations in tyre level performance. But we found a good set-up for next week's race and I hope I can start the season with a good result and keep up a good level throughout the year."
Overall best laps: 1 Rea (GB-Honda) 1:31.8, 2 Fabrizio (I-Ducati) 1:32.1, 3 Spies (USA-Yamaha), Haga (J-Ducati) 1:32.3, 5 Max Neukirchner (D-Suzuki Alstare) 1:32.5, 6 Yukio Kagayama (J-Suzuki Alstare) 1:32.8, 7 Corser (Aus-BMW) 1:32.9, 8 Sykes (GB-Yamaha) 1:33.0, Kiyonari (J-Honda) 1:33.1, 10 Xaus (E-BMW).