Edwards Sets New Lap Record at Kaylami Test

Brent Avis
by Brent Avis
Castrol Honda¹s World Superbike champion Colin Edwards was inrecord-breaking form as he set the fastest time on the second day of theofficial pre-season test session at Kyalami, South Africa on Tuesday.

Edwards concluded his own test at lunchtime on Tuesday but not beforelapping the 2.64-mile circuit 0.9 seconds inside the lap record and scooping thefastest recorded Superbike lap, at 1:42.391...

Edwards said: "After six days here I'm happy to be able to do that. It'sbeen hard work in the heat and at this altitude but we've had a worthwhilesix days."

"Michelin have been great. They brought a lot of new, development tires andwe've got through some good race and Superpole tires. We've also found a fewpositive changes to the machine which are, hopefully, going to help us thisseason."

Edwards completed a total of 359 laps of the Johannesburg track during hissix days.

Second fastest after two days of the official Superbike winter test isBritish Ducati rider Neil Hodgson who recorded a second day time of 1:42.610. Castrol Honda¹s Tady Okada did not test after feeling ill onTuesday morning but remains third quickest after two days. Okada, liketeam-mate Edwards has now completed his Kyalami test and will travel home onWednesday.

Suzuki¹s Pier-Francesco Chili is fourth quickest after two days withKawasaki's Gregorio Lavilla improving to take fifth place.

Combined test times after Monday and Tuesday:1 Colin Edwards, USA (Castrol Honda) 1:42.391s,2 Neil Hodgson, GB (Ducati) 1:42.610s,3 Tady Okada, Japan (Castrol Honda) 1:43.244s,4 Pier-Francesco Chili, Italy (Suzuki) 1:43.383s,5 Gregorio Lavilla, Spain (Kawasaki) 1:43.932s,6 Troy Corser, Australia (Aprilia) 1:43.952s,7 Troy Bayliss, Australia (Ducati) 1:43.976s,8 Ben Bostrom, USA (Ducati) 1:44.079s,9 Ruben Xaus, Spain (Ducati) 1:44.307s,10 Akira Yanagawa, Japan (Kawasaki) 1:44.343s.
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