Kagayama from Biaggi at Lausitz test

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Max Biaggi and Yukio Kagayama have been flat out testing new engine and electronic components in an effort to get their Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000R back to the front in World Superbikes.

Riding in a two day private test at the Lausitzring in Germany, Kagayama completed 91 laps with a best lap time of 1m 39.8s, 1.2 seconds outside Troy Bayliss’ 2006 lap record.

Kagayama has good form at the German circuit having won race one convincingly last year.

Max Biaggi completed a massive 105 laps with a best time of 1m 40.1. It was the first time Biaggi has ridden at Lausitzring and he spent the opening day learning the technical circuit before evaluating the new parts.

Both riders got to try out a number of new engine components including a revised camshaft plus further set-up of the new Magneti Marelli electronics system.

Race Team Co-ordinator Yann Le Douche said: “We are testing many different things with the engine set-up and electronics system.

“The aim is to try and find the right engine set-up for each rider so that they can get the best out of the chassis.”


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Michael Guy

By Michael Guy

Sports Editor, former 250-racer and adventure rider