Preview - Losail.

They may have a great deal to do before the racing begins to find the extra speed which will be hampered by Toseland's bruising he picked up from a high-side during the final day of the test. The 2004 champ set the overall tenth fastest time.

"I was going into the second of the three successive fast right-handers and the rear let go," explained the young British rider. "I just looped over and landed on my side. I've never been up that high before!”

Yamaha France rider Gimbert is likely to be a high performer after finishing the test a final fifth fastest. He entered the final round of WSBK 2004 on the Yamaha where he surprised the field by securing two strong fourth place finishes. This recent test has served to underline his and Yamaha's capability of challenging for race wins.

A joyful Chris Walker attained the highest placed finish for Kawasaki on the PSG-1 machine, taking seventh overall in the test. With his old Foggy Petronas team not fairing too well at all only managing to take the 24th and 27th fastest times by the end of the test.

Haga, on his much anticipated return to Yamaha, made great in-roads on the set-up of his R1 machine, going from the back of the time sheets to securing the ninth fastest time overall by the close. His legion of fans hope to see him battling for the title before too long, but still has some way to go following his out-side top ten performance for much of the test.

However Haga did not resort to testing a qualifying tyre like most of the field, believing that the race set-up is far more important.

"The track was quite slippery but not really any worse than I expected,” he said following the test. “So we should be OK. It was just common sense to make more time testing on the race tyre than use a qualifier because that only means a fast time today, not for the race."

The highest placed Honda was that of Pierfransesco Chili and his new Klaffi Honda team, he managed to take the 14th fastest time, which is a good effort considering the team had to test recently using standard engines as their race items had not yet been built. This will be little respite though for Chili who is used to battling for the top five positions in the championship.

The Winston Ten Kate boys had a less than beneficial test with both riders succumbing to the same flu virus. 2004 championship contender Vermeulen only managed 39 laps over the weekend but still managed the 15th fastest time.

“Some riders have done well over 100 laps, but I've barely done 40,” said Vermeulen, “And I've struggled to do those!”

“I know there's more to come but only when I'm feeling better. The circuit's good and the bike has had a lot more to offer than I've had over the last two days. It'll be different when we're back here on Thursday.”

Related Pictures

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Yukio Kagayama at the Qatar preseason official test.
Gimbert, Magny Cours WSBK, 2004
Regis Laconi at a very chilly Valencia circuit for pre-season testing.
Davide Giugliano, Red Bull Honda [Credit: Red Bull Honda]
Van der Mark, Lowes, Nakasuga, Yamaha, Suzuka 8 Hours [Credit: Yamaha]
Jake Gagne, Red Bull Honda [Credit: Red Bull Honda]
Ducati pack up for long haul, Misano WSBK 2017
Yamaha pack up for long haul, Misano WSBK 2017
Yamaha pack up for long haul, Misano WSBK 2017
Yamaha pack up for long haul, Misano WSBK 2017
Yamaha pack up for long haul, Misano WSBK 2017
Ducati pack up, Misano WSBK 2017
Ducati pack up, Misano WSBK 2017
Ducati pack up, Misano WSBK 2017
Ducati pack up, Misano WSBK 2017
Alex Lowes and Corser, WSBK Race1, Misano WSBK 2017
Ducati Panigale engine, Misano WSBK 2017
Ducati Panigale bikes, Misano WSBK 2017

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