Former double World Superbike champion James Toseland and reigning FIM Superstock 1000 champion Ayrton Badovini have had their first taste of the full BMW Italia machinery they will race in next year's World Superbike Championship.

Rain limited track time on the first of two days of testing at Portimao, but the pair were able to put the newly-assembled machines through its paces thereafter.

"The package is very good," said Toseland. "The engine has good power and we are working to obtain a more even distribution. The bike's strength is I think that the chassis provides excellent response when changing direction.

"We worked carefully on the set up of the suspension, weight distribution and the bike responds very well to changes. We must, however, work to develop the whole package. The team is fantastic and a lot of the guys are the same as those with which we won the title in 2004 [at Ducati]."

"We started working on the bike just a month and a half ago and we put in a lot of effort to be ready to test in Portimao," revealed team manager Serafino Foti. "We are quite satisfied with the way the bike responded but obviously it remains to be seen what else happens as it was on the track for the first time in Portugal."

The team will now use the shakedown data to plan further development ahead of a return to Portimao in January.

"I was impressed by the professionalism of the team, which I already knew," said Badovini. "The bike is built well but, of course, is being refined. We have already seen the details of what we will be doing and I am sure at our second outing at the end of January everything will be even better."



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