A number of World Superbike teams are currently testing in a three day test which started Tuesday, in preparation for the 2005 season with Alstare Suzuki's new signing Troy Corser leading the way on the all new Suzuki GSX-R1000.
Teams such as Fila Ducati, Foggy Petronas, PSG-1, Ten Kate and Yamaha France are also in attendance at the circuit putting their new machines and riders through their paces.
However, according to Secret Squirrel, Crash.net's
secret source, it is the GSX-R 1000 of Alstare's Troy Corser that led the way on day one, as he starts his bid for the 2005 title. Corser's team-mate at the Alstare outfit, former Rizla Suzuki rider Yukio Kagayama, is not present at the test.
Yamaha France's Sebastien Gimbert was second quickest, fuelling theories that the four-cylinder machines will make a marked impact next year.
WSBK champion James Toseland was third fastest with his team-mate Regis Laconi close behind. Yamaha Italia's Andrew Pitt made up the top five.
Ten Kate's Chris Vermeulen and Karl Muggeridge are reportedly to be looking very quick, with Foggy Petronas rider Steve Martin being described by the Secret Squirrel as 'awesome'. Unfortunately for Carl Fogarty the same can not be said about Martin's team-mate Garry McCoy who has been described by the source as 'An accident waiting to happen', but then that is the way McCoy has always ridden.
Also looking good, but three-seconds off the pace on the Kawasaki ZX-10R, was Chris Walker of PSG-1. He is reported to be 'as smooth as a Snooker table' with his team-mate Sanchini also impressing.
The test will continue until tomorrow (Thursday).