Troy Corser finished a two-day test at the French circuit of Magny Cours as the unofficial fastest rider - despite missing the second day through injury.

The Australian crashed at turn two on Tuesday, but initially appeared not to have suffered any ill-effects. However, he awoke Wednesday morning suffering from mild double vision and a bad headache. He was immediately advised to return home to Monaco for further checks.

Nevertheless, on his first outing at the circuit - venue for the final round of the World Superbike season in two weeks time - Troy still topped the list of riders, which included the likes of Regis Laconi, Gregorio Lavilla and Chris Walker. Corser was the only rider to break the 1min 42secs barrier on race tyres, with a time of 1min 41.84secs.

"Troy has shown that he is unbeatable at learning circuits," enthused Foggy Petronas team manager Nigel Bosworth. "I don't think the other riders could believe the time he set on the first day as they were in the late 42s. We had stop-watches on the other riders and were watching their boards and I'm confident that Troy was the only rider to get into the 1min 41secs on race tyres. Chris Walker was also in the 41s, but that was on a qualifier.

"We did not think Troy had been hurt but there was no point in risking anything, especially considering the weather. We also used the time to complete more throttle connection mapping work, as well as making good progress in the development of the oil and lubricant programme that we are undertaking alongside Petronas," concluded Bosworth.

Team-mate James Haydon, joined by test rider Jamie Morley, had progress hindered by morning rain on the second day before tyre selection was further tested on a drying track in the afternoon. Haydon posted his best time of 1min 45.15secs on the first day, with Morley lapping at 1min 46.67secs on the second day.

 

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