Thursday, November 16, 2006

WSBK Valencia Test - Max on Top

Did I say Max Biaggi was quick on a superbike? Make that extremely quick.
The times for day 2 of the World Superbike test at Valencia have been posted. Max was fastest with a 1:33.9 lap. Being a Pirelli tyre test, we know what kind of tyres each rider was using. Max set this lap on a race tyre. 6 riders (not including Biaggi) used qualifying tyres, the fastest being Lorenzo Lanzi with a 1:33.9, the same as Biaggi on race tyres.
There wasn't much difference in performance between race tyres and qualifiers. This seems to be down to the high performance of the race tyres that Pirelli are testing, as 1:33.9 is record pace for the World Superbikes around the twisty Valencia track.
I know that it's a bit of a coincidence that the new star name of WSBK was fastest in the test, but of course Max is a 4-times world champion in 250GP, and a championship contender in 500GP and MotoGP. Why would he be slow? OK, he has to adapt to the heavier, road based superbike. However, Max has ridden a lot of different bikes and been fast on all of them. Even if there was some trickery to give him the fastest time, the Roman Emperor is still right up there with the other top WSBK riders.

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