Aprilia riders Max Biaggi and Shinya Nakano enjoyed a 'positive' two day test session at Brno in the Czech Republic, which will host the next round of the 2009 World Superbike Championship on July 24-26.
Brno is the team's designated test track and, apart from some brief rain, both riders were able to focus their full attention on improving the brand new RSV4, which Biaggi has taken to three podiums so far this season.
"For sure it was a positive test," the official WSBK website reports Luigi Dall'Igna, Aprilia Racing technical director, as saying. "We tested a lot of electronic, suspension and chassis components on the RSV4. We'll be using them again at the Pirelli tests at Imola in a fortnight's time, and if they continue to give a good response we'll use them for the Brno race".
Biaggi, riding with a hairline fracture in his right foot, clocked up a total of 122 laps, with a best time of 2min 0.75sec. The fastest race laps in last year's Brno WSBK event were 2min 0.298sec (Troy Bayliss, race one) and 1min 59.979sec (Michel Fabrizio, race two).
"It's a pity about the rain because it meant that we missed the last two hours," said Biaggi, "and we could have done some more work. However we did get positive feedback, especially regarding the front suspension. I'm quite confident for the race at Brno at the end of the month, we've got another 20 days to work on the bike, this for us has more or less been the first real test since the start of the championship".
Nakano did 135 laps with a best time of 2min 0.78sec.
"I am very satisfied," said Nakano. "We tested a lot of engine and chassis components, and found improvements. The fact that we were there on our own allowed us to do a great job and really focus on the work. It will be interesting to test the new solutions at Imola against our main competitors".