Effenbert-Liberty head into its first World Superbike Championship event looking every-inch the seasoned campaigners after maintaining its strong testing form around Phillip Island.

The Czech-based operation, which will prepare the only two-man Ducati line-up on the 2011 grid, was able to build on its Portimao showing, despite it being a first visit to the Australian venue for much of the team.

With both Sylvain Guintoli and Jakub Smrz never dropping out of front-running contention during the two days, the pair would end up second and fourth respectively at the test's conclusion.

Giving the team confidence ahead of its maiden race outing, Smrz hints that there is more to come from both himself and the 1098R.

"The two-day tests are over and definitely with a positive result," he said. "We have done a lot of work, as evidenced by the total number of laps and we have tried a lot of options on both bikes. Definitely I am very happy from the fourth place in a test with the participation of all riders without the use of soft tyres, which is a good sign for the forthcoming weekend races.

"We still have lot to do, I am still not sure which setting option would be the best for me and I still do not have, in some cases, the feeling from the bike that I want, but we are well on our way, I am sure."



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