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World Superbikes Valencia test: Karl Muggeridge leads the way

Published: 14 March 2008

Updated: 24 November 2014

Karl Muggeridge showed the rest of the World Superbike field how it’s done by posting a seriously fast lap on a qualifying tyre to dip under Troy Bayliss’ previous best lap of the Spanish circuit.

Riding his 2008 specification D F Racing Honda CBR1000RR, the Australian took the scalp of Ten Kate Honda man Carlos Checa to finish top Honda at the test.

Ruben Xaus held onto second place in the standings with his time from yesterday. He was forced to miss today’s testing due to a lack of engine parts for his Sterilgarda Ducati.

Fellow Ducati rider Lorenzo Lanzi proved just how effective the 1200cc Ducati will be around the tight and twisty Valencia track by posting the third fastest time.

Carlos Checa and his Ten Kate Honda team believed a 1min33sec lap time as possible but the Spaniard was unable to gain a significant benefit from his qualifying tyre and dropped to fourth.

Ryuichi Kiyonari was another man that consistently improved on race rubber but was unable to get the full benefits of his qualifier.

World Superbikes Valencia test day two results:
1 Karl MUGGERIDGE AUS D.F. Racing Honda CBR1000RR 1'34.252
2 Ruben XAUS ESP Sterilgarda Go Eleven Ducati 1098 RS 08 1'34.265
3 Lorenzo LANZI ITA R.G. Team Ducati 1098 RS 08 1'34.388
4 Carlos CHECA ESP Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR 1'34.493
5 Ryuichi KIYONARI JPN Hannspree Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR 1'34.828 1'34.828
6 Fonsi NIETO ESP Team Suzuki Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'34.911
7 Max NEUKIRCHNER GER Team Alstare Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'34.984
8 Yukio KAGAYAMA JPN Team Suzuki Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'35.017
9 Roberto ROLFO ITA Hannspree Honda AltheaHonda CBR1000RR 1'35.152
10 Makoto TAMADA JPN Kawasaki PSG-1 Corse Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'35.581
11 Regis LACONI FRA Kawasaki PSG-1 Corse Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'361'35.740
12 Shinichi NAKATOMI JPN YZF Yamaha Yamaha YZF-R1 1'36.057
13 Russel HOLLAND AUS D.F. Racing Honda CBR1000RR 1'36.386
14 Ayrton BADOVINI ITA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'36.441
15 Kenan SOFUOGLU TUR Hannspree Ten Kate Honda Jr. CBR1000RR 1'36.698
16 Loic NAPOLEONE FRA Grillini PBR Team Yamaha YZF-R1 1'37.696


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