Bayliss Fastest at Philip Island

Brent Avis
by Brent Avis
Castrol Honda's Colin Edwards was in buoyant mood following three days of testing at the Phillip Island circuit in Australia this week. The 2000 World Superbike champion recorded his fastest ever lap around the picturesque venue near Melbourne before declaring the three days a success, even though he lapped the circuit ff the pace of Ducati riders Bayliss and Xauss.

"I'm more than happy with the progress we've made," said Edwards...

"We arrived in positive mood after the Kyalami test and then improved the new SP-2 machine even more. We found some good settings, especially with the chassis set-up and front forks - even if it did mean a little crash on Thursday as I found the limit with the new front end! We also learnt a little more about the new Michelin tires we'll have for this year."

"We've made some definite decisions about settings for the year and we¹ve got an improved motor on its way so I'm looking forward to the Valencia test in three weeks and the first round there a couple of weeks later."

Edwards ended the three-day test in Australia with the third fastest time, setting his fastest lap in Thursday morning's session.

Combined, fastest test times:1 Troy Bayliss, Australia (Ducati) 1m 32.944s,2 Ruben Xaus, Spain (Ducati) 1m 33.136s,3 Colin Edwards, USA (Castrol Honda) 1m 33.143s,4 Ben Bostrom, USA (Ducati) 1m 33.377s,5 Neil Hodgson, GB (Ducati) 1m 33.443s,6 Noriyuki Haga, Japan (Aprilia) 1m 33.456s,7 Hitoyasu Izutsu, Japan (Kawasaki) 1m 33.650s,8 Steve Martin, Australia (Ducati) 1m 33.818s,9 James Toseland, GB (Ducati) 1m 34.201s,10 Alessandro Antonello, Italy (Ducati) 1m 35.179s.
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