Biaggi sets the bar again at Aragon
Max Biaggi saved his best until last by posting a blistering 1m.58.0s best lap during the final 30 minutes of the Aragon test today. The 2010 world champion had already posted a 1.58.2 to eclipse Carlos Checa’s best lap on Wednesday and his 58 flat stamped his authority on the three day test.
While both Biaggi and Checa were impressive, the stand out performance of the test was Brit Tom Sykes who set a 1.58.5 onboard the 2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R. Sykes benefited from a new, more powerful engine for the final day, but it is still believed to be a development engine that is producing less horsepower than his 2010 machine.
Like his Aprilia team-mate. Leon Camier showed impressive pace at the end of the test to jump into the 58’s. Despite feeling the effects of his recently broken Scaphoid the 2x year old was able to put in plenty of laps throughout the three days. His next test will be in Phillip Island at the end of the month.
BMW man Leon Haslam had a busy test evaluating new parts and trying to establish a base setting and balance for the 2011 bike and made a breakthrough in the final 90 minutes to go xX quickest.
He was followed by his team-mate Troy Corser who spent the three day test almost exclusively on the 2011 BMW.
Michel Fabrizio set the same time on each of the three days at Aragon, but left the test in a positive frame of mind having begun his transition back to a four cylinder after three years riding a factory Ducati.
Noriyuki Haga didn’t improve his day two time. He was followed home by Aprilia test rider Alex Hoffman and Kawasaki tester Katsuaki Fujiwara.
Max Biaggi – 1.58.0
Carlos Checa – 1.58.3
Tom Sykes – 1.58.5
Leon Camier – 1.58.7
Leon Haslam – 1.58.9
Troy Corser – 1.59.1
Michel Fabrizio – 1.59.2
Noriyuki Haga – 1.59.6
Alex Hoffman – 1.59.9
Katsuaki Fujiwara – 2.00.0
In Supersport Brit Chaz Davies looks like he will have his hands full with his new team-mate Luca Scassa who just piped him in the overall standings. Davies clearly enjoyed the opportunity to test without the pressures of a race weekend and evaluated new suspension and clutch components.
Luca Scassa – 2.01.9
Chaz Davies – 2.02.1
Broc Parkes – 2.02.9
David Salom – 2.03.5
Fabien Foret – 2.03.5