Yamaha World Supersport team riders Cal Crutchlow and Fabien Foret have left nothing to chance ahead of this weekend's WSS season opener, having used the recent Phillip Island test to not only refine parts and set-up - but also practice starts and overtaking.
“We ended the first day with a half hour starting exercise which went really well. We brought our own starting light system with us to test the response time of the riders. Both performed well which was great!” revealed team manager Wilco Zeelenberg.
“We did a long run with both riders [on the second day], they were riding together for the race distance test, it was good to see them together and they both enjoyed the chance for an on-track fight instead of testing all the time.
“It was good practice for them as this is also what they will have to do next week. The championship looks like it's going to get really tough this year, but we will be part of it!”
2009 WSS rookie Crutchlow was the fastest of the pair, his time of 1min 35.3sec placing the Englishman fourth on the timesheets and 0.6sec from Ten Kate Honda's Kenan Sofuoglu.
“I'm really pleased, we've got a lot done, and got a lot of laps in. I'm really looking forward to the race,” said the 2008 BSB race winner. “I'm now consistently up there. I know it's going to be a tough weekend not knowing the circuit in a race situation but I'm feeling confident we can be fighting for the podium. I'm under no illusions it's going to be hard but we've put a lot of work in over the last few days, I want to come out of here with some points and build on it during the year. I'm really enjoying being here, the circuit is fantastic. I've watched it over the years and to come here and ride is a pleasure. When the bike's on form it's a pleasure to ride it, I can't wait to be on the grid waiting to race.”
Foret finished the two-day test just behind Crutchlow in fifth position with a time of 1min 35.8sec.
“For me it's been a really good test, I feel we've found a setting that really makes me feel confident,” said the former champion. “I now feel I am fully back to speed following last year's [Brno] crash and have also built up more strength for racing. I'm fully fit and happy with my pace. I didn't go out to try and get the fastest lap but was focused on getting a good race pace. The team is working really well, we've worked to find a set-up that suits me here so I'm optimistic that we can go out and fight for the podium this weekend.”