Spies tops Monza test

Ben Spies gave his rivals something to worry about ahead of the Monza round of the World Superbike Championship as he brought the two-day test around the Italian circuit to a close with the quickest time.

His first visit to the high-speed track, which will host races nine and ten of the championship next month, Spies pumped in a best lap time of 1min 45.3secs, two tenths quicker than second place Noriyuki Haga and four tenths up on Michel Fabrizio's leading effort from day one.

Fabrizio followed in third position, with Max Neukirchner and Tom Sykes fourth and fifth as the only other riders to slip under the 1min 46secs marker.

Having spent three rounds acclimatising to his Celani Suzuki GSX-R1000, Karl Muggeridge got some useful testing under his belt and was even able to come away with a better lap than Yukio Kagayama, Ruben Xaus and Troy Corser, the latter suffering a fall and choosing to sit out the remainder of the test.

Alex Hoffman and Steve Martin were also on track for Aprilia and BMW respectively, but their lap times were not recorded.

Monza WSBK testing – day two

1. Ben Spies Yamaha WSB 1min 45.3s
2. Noriyuki Haga Ducati Xerox 1min 45.5s
3. Michel Fabrizio Ducati Xerox 1min 45.6s
4. Max Neukirchner Suzuki Alstare 1min 45.8s
5. Tom Sykes Yamaha WSB 1min 45.8s
6. Karl Muggeridge Suzuki Celani 1min 46.0s
7. Yukio Kagayama Suzuki Alstare 1min 46.3s
8. Ruben Xaus BMW 1min 46.8s
9. Troy Corser BMW 1min 47.1s

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cemo - Unregistered

April 11, 2009 5:37 PM

Are you guys for real?? I don't need to know jack about riding anything to know that Monza is an 'easier' track to ride than most others. Stands to reason when the racers spend a rather high percentage of their time on full throttle going in a straight line for the most part (start finish straight, the straight connecting lesmo 2 and varianta ascari and then the back straight leading onto Parabolica). Also, if you bothered to read my posts properly I stated that if Spies is capable of getting poles at much more technical tracks then Monza will be a cake walk for him. This guy operates at such a high level that he does not need a 'bedding in' period. Jeez, get a grip FFS!! :g

cemo - Unregistered

April 11, 2009 1:50 PM

Not taking anything away from Spies, but Monza isn't exactly one of the harder tracks to learn is it!? If he can get pole at much more technical tracks then Monza will be as easy as they come.

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