Xaus, who has spent his entire (full time) WSBK career on twin-cylinder Ducatis, adapted quickly to the new model, finishing the test joint third and just 0.2secs from the fastest time set by Suzuki's Yukio Kagayama.

"This motorcycle has a lot of potential and I think it'll suit me well," said the Spaniard who, like Biaggi, will return to Phillip Island next week for a further three days of testing. "I am happy to stay on in Australia, as we'll be able to continue to sharpen the feeling with the bike and be ready for the start of the season."

Biaggi had never ridden a twin-cylinder four-stroke before the test, and was typically methodical in learning the new machine. The Roman, a triple race winner during his rookie 2007 season with Alstare Suzuki, finished the test half a second behind Xaus.

"The twin-cylinder is very different from the motorcycles I have raced in the past, but lap after lap my feeling with it improves," declared Max. "During these three days I have concentrated on understanding the machine and how it reacts. The next three days will be useful to improve further. We are already at a good base."

"We completed a lot of work, which helped us understand the new machine," confirmed team manger Marco Borciani. "Ruben and Max both set excellent times, although they weren't chasing them, and completed more than 800 km each.

"Now we have another three days of testing, in which we will want to capitalise on the work so far completed and continue to improve on the set-up to make sure we're ready for the second round of the 2008 championship."

The 2008 WSBK championship will start at Qatar on February 23, with round two at Phillip Island on March 2.


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