Monday, November 13, 2006

The Start of a Testing Week

Both WSBK and MotoGP will be testing this week.
The top World Superbike teams will have a 2-day test at Valencia, starting on the 14th. Probably the most interesting feature will be the appearance of Max Biaggi. We'll finally see whether the Roman Emperor can adapt his smooth 250cc riding style to put in fast laps on the big Superbikes.
MotoGP will have a 3-day test at Sepang starting on the 15th. It will be interesting to see the new 800cc bikes on the long straights of the Sepang circuit. Back at Valencia, the 800's were close to the pace of the old 990's, but that was on a twisty track. Will they lose out on a fast circuit like Sepang? And will Suzuki's 800cc machine be able to keep up its impressive pace? If so, Suzuki could be back in the big time. We'll find out in a couple of days.


Anonymous said...

is it crazy to think that at this time of the year teams may wish to test theirs bikes and, at the same, not to reveal the real achievements to the competitors?

Jimmy said...

Not at all crazy.
But these 800cc bikes are brand new, so the teams don't actually have any achievements yet. They will have to ride the bikes to find out.
Anyway, if we don't trust any of the times, then what are we going to talk about until the season starts? :-)