After a false start due to rainy conditions, the post-season World Superbike test finally got underway at Magny-Cours this afternoon with a number of riders getting trial runs on new bikes.

Though not as heavily populated as previous years - not least with Ducati Xerox being absent -, there were a few notable appearances out on track once the surface had dried out.

Leading the way was Leon Haslam and Troy Corser on the early interpretation of the 2011 BMW S1000RR, while Kawasaki was on track with its new ZX-10R as ridden by Sheridan Morais. The South African will ride a ZX-10R in the Superstock series next season.

Ducati exiles Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio also spent their day getting acclimatised to their new Aprilia and Suzuki machines, while Eugene Laverty sampled a Superbike for the first time as he introduced himself to Yamaha.

As ever, our snappers were there to catch the latest action, so for the full gallery from today's action, just scroll down and take a look.