Phillip Island Kawasaki And Suzuki Test - Day 3 Times

After the rest of the field had already packed up at Jerez, the Kawasaki and Suzuki teams continued testing for one more day at Phillip Island, working mostly on testing new parts to be used on the 2009 versions of their respective MotoGP machines. Though everyone except for John Hopkins - who is still in pain from an injury caused at Assen - improved their times, for all except for Marco Melandri, the improvements were fairly small.

Only Melandri made a big leap, taking 0.7 seconds off his best race time, set on the Ducati. But it is clear that both Suzuki and Kawasaki have a big hill to climb if they are to be competitive. The engineers will now return to their workshops with the data collected from the tests, and prepare the 2009 versions of the machines, which are due to be unveiled at the first test of the year. For Suzuki, that will be in Sepang in early February, together with the rest of the MotoGP paddock, but Kawasaki have chosen to return to Phillip Island once again at the end of January, for another private test.

Times set on day 3:

1Loris CapirossiSuzuki1'30.9
2Chris VermeulenSuzuki1'31.1
3Marco MelandriKawasaki1'31.8
4John HopkinsKawasaki1'32.1
5Olivier JacqueKawasaki1'32.3

Fastest times set during the race in early October: 

Pos.No.RiderManufacturerFast LapDiffDiff Previous
169Nicky HAYDENHONDA1'30.059  
21Casey STONERDUCATI1'30.0670.0080.008
346Valentino ROSSIYAMAHA1'30.2840.2250.217
965Loris CAPIROSSISUZUKI1'30.9710.9120.098
127Chris VERMEULENSUZUKI1'31.3131.2540.112
1521John HOPKINSKAWASAKI1'32.0101.9510.095
1633Marco MELANDRIDUCATI1'32.5192.4600.509


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Comments they were down at PI as well. Not surprisingly, they were mum about anything except generalities.

28/11/2008 6:28 pm

Team Suzuki Alstare have begun their preparations for the 2009 season with a three day test in Phillip Island Australia. Over three days, held in mostly good conditions, riders Yukio Kagayama and Max Neukirchner started to work with the all-new 2009 GSX-R1000 Suzuki at the demanding Australian circuit and understand the new bike.

At the end of the three days, Yukio and Max had completed over 420 laps and had given a lot of valuable feedback to the team. Yukio managed to lap faster than his time earlier this year and Max was also on the pace....



So Marco is faster than his two never gonnabe teammates. Wow. I hope he gets nice fat checks, so that he and Hopper can enjoy their motorhomes and houses in Monaco.