Fabrizio ends test on top

Michel Fabrizio has earned himself bragging rights ahead of the opening World Superbike Championship round at Phillip Island after reportedly coming away from the very final test of the off-season with the quickest time.

However, there seems to be confusion as to the owner of the best lap after Jonathan Rea spoke out in Ten Kate's press release stating that he was in fact the quickest rider of the day.

Claiming to have lapped the circuit in 1min 31.8secs, close to Troy Corser's lap record, Rea also rubbishes reports he experienced a fall.

Before that, it had been a dominant display from reigning champions Ducati, Fabrizio and Noriyuki Haga were in fine form around the Australian circuit, the Italian setting the quickest time of the week with a 1min 32.19secs lap.

Haga was just a tenth further back, although he blotted his copybook for the second day in succession with another tumble straight after he recorded his best lap.

With a better idea of the circuit, Ben Spies crept back up the timesheets on his Yamaha to go fourth quickest, while BMW will be delighted to see Troy Corser dip under 1min 33secs and be just seven tenths off the ultimate pace in fifth. This was despite a run-in with a seagull, one hurt right arm and forced him out of action for much of the day.

Other walking wounded included Carlos Checa, who didn't return to the circuit after being diagnosed with concussion following a heavy fall yesterday.

Elsewhere, yesterday's pace setters Max Neukirchner and Yukio Kagayama tumbled down the timesheets after struggling with excessive tyre wear on their Suzukis. Around half a second off their pace on day one, the pair were nonetheless quick enough to still be classified fourth and fifth quickest on the overall weekend timesheet.

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cyclebum - Unregistered

February 22, 2009 12:32 PM

The complete test times are lookin good for a super season. Has Fabrizo made a step or is Haga still adjusting? The 1098 seems to be THE bike. Looking forward to seeing Bryne on track. The R1 appears to be coming good. Spies impressed again on another new track but can he deal with 5 or more equally fast riders (instead of only 1) for the whole race? Hard to wait these last few days.

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