Michel Fabrizio and Noriyuki Haga
came away from the mid-season World Superbike test at Imola with differing opinions of their Pirelli tyres after making greater progress on the rear than the front.
Having been out-performed once again by the privateer Althea team last time out at Misano, the factory Xerox team took to the Imola track looking to get back some of the initiative from the smaller Italian team.
It was a good two-day test for 2009 Imola race winner Fabrizio, the Italian never dropping outside the top five during the four sessions.
“We continued with the tyre testing today and with one of the new rears I had a particularly good feeling and went half a second faster than yesterday which wasn't bad. We'll see how the tyres behave when we return for the race but on hot tarmac they have worked well, providing a good level of grip. Now I'll start to concentrate on the next event at Brno, a track I like very much.”
Team-mate Haga was also pleased with the performance of the rear Pirelli tyre, but less enamoured with the front, which he claims contributed to a session-ending accident on the final day.
“These two days of testing have gone very well. As usual we've tried various settings over the two days and I found a good feeling with the front; it's only a shame that I had a crash in the morning – let's say that the new front tyre solution is not for me.
“With the new rears on the other hand I was able to get into a good rhythm, with a good pace. We will continue with the work during the September race weekend to see if we can further improve absorption levels, but I can say that I'm satisfied with what we've achieved here.”