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Fabrizio with Suzuki, Haga on Aprilia, Haslam with BMW

Michel Fabrizio, Noriyuki Haga and Leon Haslam get to grips with their new machines at a rainy Magny-Cours.
Rain has disrupted the start of the two-day World Superbike post-season test at Magny-Cours, though some riders were still able to make it out on track for a few laps.

While some have stayed in the pit-lane throughout the morning, there were plenty of new faces in new places as Michel Fabrizio appeared in the Suzuki Alstare garage as it looks increasingly likely he will ride the sole GSX-R1000 next season.

Having already confirmed he will ride an Aprilia in 2011, Noriyuki Haga got his first taste of the RSV-4, while Leon Haslam was riding the BMW S1000RR too.

Yamaha and Kawasaki are also present in France, the former with Eugene Laverty, while the latter is giving the all-new – and much anticipated ZX-10R – its first public outing at the test. Tom Sykes and Katsuaki Fujiwara, who announced at the weekend he is retiring from full-time World Supersport competition, will ride the bike.

Nineteen-year-old Canadian AMA Superbike rider Brett McCormick was also a surprise addition to the test ranks, riding the DFX Ducati.

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Tagged as: Suzuki , BMW , Aprilia , Haga , Haslam , Magny-Cours

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kirk66

October 05, 2010 3:03 PM

You guys watch that the Canadian, Brett, next year. He's got skills. Racing the B team Jordan Suzuki, he has had a pretty decent season. Hopefully, DFX gives him the full time ride. He will impress when he figures out the power delivery of the Duc.

Hedgeholer - Unregistered

October 05, 2010 1:37 PM

I hope Batta's able to keep Guintolli too. The dilemma for the team's obvious when there seems to be a wodge of sponsorship trailing along with Fabrizio. Wonder if In Front will be willing (and able) to chuck some cash Batta's way to keep Guintoli in the paddock. OK it would happen to secure French interest in the series and 'passport placing' sucks. But he's earned the place on merit.



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