Bayliss Fastest at Valencia WSB Test

Brent Avis
by Brent Avis
Defending World Superbike champion Troy Bayliss set the fastest time in thethree-day pre-season test session which ended at Valencia, Spain on Monday.

The Australian was 0.2s faster than Ducati team-mate Ben Bostrom as Apriliarider Noriyuki Haga took the third best time on his return to Superbikeafter finishing runner-up in the 2000 championship.

Spaniard Ruben Xaus was fourth fastest ahead of a disappointed Colin Edwardswho ended the test in fifth place and by crashing, without injury, on hisvery last lap...

Edwards completed 240 laps of the 2.49-mile circuit, more laps than anyother rider, and remains in confident mood for the opening round on March 10at Valencia.

"I had the qualifying tire in the back of the machine and was going for thebig lap," Edwards explained. "I came out of the left-hand third corner andbefore I'd changed direction for the right-hander I was down. I guess lap 241 was one too many. But we've had a very good test and gotthrough a lot of work in readiness for next week's races here. We've alsofound a really good Michelin race tire but I need to find a one-lapSuperpole tire that suits me and the machine - that's what we've leftMichelin working on before next week's first round."

Superbike newcomer Hitoyasu Izutsu was sixth fastest on a Kawasaki with British Ducati rider Neil Hodgson improving on his previous two days' performance to finish seventh.

Final World Superbike test times:1 Troy Bayliss, Australia (Ducati) 1m34.261s,2 Ben Bostrom, USA (Ducati) 1m 34.401s,3 Noriyuki Haga, Japan (Aprilia) 1m 34.777s,4 Ruben Xaus, Spain (Ducati) 1m 34.908s,5 Colin Edwards, USA (Castrol Honda) 1m 35.053s,6 Hitoyasu Izutsu, Japan (Kawasaki) 1m 35.1169s,7 Neil Hodgson, GB (Ducati) 1m 35.459s,8 Gregorio Lavilla, Spain (Kawasaki) 1m 35.584s,9 Pier-Francesco Chili, Italy (Ducati) 1m 35.611s,10 Lucio Pedercini, Italy (Ducati) 1m 35.618s.
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