Cal Crutchlow waited until the final session of World Superbike testing at Imola to secure his place at the head of the times after the Yamaha rider posted the quickest lap of the two-day test at the Italian circuit,
A fastest time of 1min 47.478secs on Wednesday afternoon was good enough to see Crutchlow beat the previous best posted by Michel Fabrizio during the morning session – the Ducati man ending up four tenths of a second further back.
“I got through a bit of stuff today,” Crutchlow said. “It was a good enough job and we strung quite a few good laps together and did 30-odd laps on one of the new tyres. So all-in-all, not too bad. We will keep going and see what we can do in the next races.”
Behind the top two, Leon Haslam was third fastest for Suzuki Alstare with the time he set on Tuesday afternoon, although the Briton endured a tough final day with no fewer than two accidents – the second involving fellow Brit Shane Byrne.
Byrne was left with a cut hand and a suspected broken second metacarpal bone following the collision.
Jonathan Rea was fourth quickest for Ten Kate Honda and the final rider to dip below the 1min 48secs marker, with Noriyuki Haga and Carlos Checa rounding out the top six.
Ruben Xaus was seventh despite sitting out the final session to rest the leg he hurt in a collision at Misano, with Byrne, points leader Max Biaggi and Kawasaki's Tom Sykes completing the top ten.
Turkish rider Kenan Sofuoglu was the fastest Supersport rider during the two day test, with Ayrton Badovini the quickest of the Superstock 1000 riders to hit the track during Tuesday's running.