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Ducati Xerox test at Mugello.

Ducati Xerox WSBK title contenders Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio prepared for this weekend's Imola round with a day each of testing at the fellow Italian circuit of Mugello.

Fabrizio - who starts the final three rounds third in the championship, 75 points behind Yamaha's Ben Spies and 57 points behind Haga - took to the Tuscan track on Tuesday for 67 laps on board his factory 1198.

“It all went well,” said the Italian, who is soon expected to support Haga's title challenge. “Luckily it didn't rain and so we were able to get through all the work we had planned. Let's say that we are satisfied with the progress made and with the times recorded.”

Fabrizio had set a best lap time of 1min 53.5sec, which Haga beat by 1.2sec during 69 laps on Wednesday.

“It's been a useful day,” said the Japanese, who finally lost the title lead to Spies last time out in Germany. “We will try to implement some of what we have tested here today at Imola on Friday and see how we go there. Now I need to turn my concentration to this weekend's racing...”

Haga missed July's Imola test due to injuries he sustained at Donington Park.

Imola is returning to the WSBK calendar for the first time since 2006 this weekend. Two further rounds, at Magny-Cours and Portimao, remain before the end of the racing season.



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