Hiroshi Aoyama hopes to reduce the gap to the fastest riders in the Phillip Island test during the opening race of the 2012 World Superbike Championship in Australia on Sunday.

The factory Honda rider was 14th fastest with a best time of 1m 32.910s on his CBR1000RR Fireblade as he strives to gain more experience on the bike following his switch to the class from MotoGP.

"These two days I have learned a lot more and one thing in particular: that this is a very tough championship. We have been working more on the bike and it's been good to get more laps and try some set up changes," said former 250cc world champion Aoyama.

"We've found some positive things, especially on corner exit, but other things have not been so good. So we have concentrated on the positive and worked on that to move things forward. At the moment, there is a gap to the top riders, so I hope to catch up a little bit during this first race weekend because I believe there is still some space to improve.

"It seems that when the conditions and temperatures change here, the feeling with the bike is a little different and, because I don't have so much experience on the bike, this has been a little difficult. It's something that is helped not only by changing the setting - I must adapt, too, and I am learning to do this but I still need some more time.

"We weren't able to do so many long runs during this test but we have still found out some ways to improve the tyre life here. Now we just need to get a better lap time."

Aoyama's team-mate, Jonathan Rea, was fourth fastest over the two-day test at the picturesque circuit with a fastest lap of 1m 31.913s.


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