Ayrton Badovini insists he will be fit enough to start the 2009 World Superbike Championship, despite dislocating his shoulder in a crash during testing.
Badovini, together with team-mate Matteo Baiocco, was on track with PSG-1 Corse for the first time this year as they got to grips with the Kawasaki ZX-10R ahead of the new season.
Having missed the official test at Portimao, Badovini was working on developing the machine but crashed on two occasions, the latter dislocating his shoulder and prompting medical attention.
Told to remain out of action for twenty days, Badovini, who joins PSG-1 after a solid debut year at Pedercini, is confident he will still be able to line-up on the grid for the new season.
"Today I had a nasty crash, the rear of the bike slid away and I was thrown off" commented Badovini. "I banged my shoulder but I'm not sure against what, and felt severe pain.
“Luckily it was only dislocated, I'll have to rest for 20 days, but I'll be present at the first round in Australia. Even though for me the tests were over earlier than expected, we managed to work on what we had planned and made the first changes to the Kawasaki ZX-10R.”
Superstock graduate Baiocco, meanwhile, spent the two days acclimatising himself to Superbike machinery.
"Today was like the first day at school for me" he said. "I began to work on the riding position and then switched to getting the best feeling with the bike. I like the way the team planned the work, with a programme that will allow us to gradually improve.
“I immediately established a good feeling with the ZX-10R, starting from a base setting and modified the parameters during the day. On day 2 we managed to get some excellent results, improving the feeling and making the bike a lot more easier to rider.
“We did a back-to-back test to check on the improvements by taking the ZX-10R back to standard settings and the result was encouraging.”