A two-day test for the SBK Pirelli development teams at Valencia in Spain was kicked off in bright and sunny conditions, with James Toseland (Ten Kate Honda) posting the fastest time of the day. He made in excess of 50 laps, and his best time was faster than that set in race conditions in the 2006 Superbike race, and even faster than Superpole.
Close behind came the 2006 champion, Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) with his team-mate, Lorenzo Lanzi, just a tenth behind.
The Suzuki Alstare Corona Extra duo of SBK regular Yukio Kagayama and exciting SBK ‘new boy’ Max Biaggi were fourth and fifth fastest respectively, with Biaggi setting a 1’35.2 in his first ‘open’ SBK testing session.
Regis Laconi was top PSG-1 Kawasaki rider, sixth fastest, while Troy Corser had a fast outing on his new-for-2007 Yamaha R1, heading off his team-mate Noriyuki Haga. Fonsi Nieto (PSG-1 Kawasaki) and Roberto Rolfo (Ten Kate Honda) completed the top Superbike ten.
In the Supersport class, Kenan Sofuoglu (Ten Kate Honda) scorched to the fastest time, continuing his impressive 2006 race season form. Juts behind was Ducati specialist Gianluca Nannelli (Ducati SC Caracchi), with 2006 champion Sebastien Charpentier (Ten Kate Honda) third fastest.
One more day remains for the SBK and WSS riders to set their best times of the entire test.
WSBK (Pirelli DIABLO SUPERBIKE) (Race tyres – Qualifyers):
Toseland Honda Ten Kate 1’34.7
Bayliss Ducati Xerox 1’34.8
Lanzi Ducati Xerox 1’34.9
Kagayama Suzuki Alstare 1’35.1
Biaggi Suzuki Alstare 1’35.2
Laconi Kawasaki PSG-1 1’35.4
Corser Yamaha Motor Italia 1’35.6
Haga Yamaha Motor Italia 1’35.8
Nieto Kawasaki PSG-1 1’35.8
Rolfo Honda Ten Kate 1’37.4
Race ’06: best lap 1’35.37