Laverty Fastest On Final Day Of Phillip Island WSBK Test

The rain that had been hanging over the World Superbike test for the first two days finally came on the third and final day. But the factory Yamaha and Aprilia squads were still lucky, with the rain only starting to fall late on Thursday morning at Phillip Island, before disappearing again in the afternoon, giving the riders a couple more dry sessions at the Australian circuitl. It was Eugene Laverty who made best use of the session, putting on a set of soft tires to set the fastest time, with a lap of 1'31.5. The Yamaha rider finished ahead of Max Biaggi, once again the fastest of the two factory Aprilia riders, while Laverty's teammate Marco Melandri matched the pace of Aprilia's Leon Camier,

The rain did not go to waste, however. Marco Melandri took the opportunity to get some time on the Pirelli rain tires, having no experience on the Italian rubber, after having spent his career in the Grand Prix paddock racing Dunlops, Michelins and Bridgestones. His teammate Laverty was the only rider to test the softer tires, the two Aprilia riders using the harder race tires.

Testing is now complete for all of the motorcycle road racing world championships, and the teams all now head off for a well-deserved winter break. Testing for the World Superbike riders recommences in January, while Grand Prix riders in all three classes (MotoGP, Moto2 and 125cc) must wait until the test ban expires at the end of January.

Unofficial times, courtesy of the World website

Pos. Rider Bike Time
1 Eugene Laverty Yamaha 1'31.5
2 Max Biaggi Aprilia 1'32.1
3 Leon Camier Aprilia 1'32.4
4 Marco Melandri Yamaha 1'32.4.

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Yamaha are certainly looking to be in good shape across the GP/SBK spectrum for 2011.Marco Melandri seems to have really put his GP woes aside and Eugene Laverty is looking handy. Max and Leon have much work to do. Thought the Aprilia boys would have had more in hand.
Really surprised that other teams opted out of testing at PI.
Testing in Spain in November has cost the rest a little at least.
Happy days at Yamaha and Honda,I suspect, this festive season.

Does set of soft tires mean Qs or just softs. Either way I am extremely impressed with Laverty. He showed how hungry he was last year and it should be a banner year for the Yams. I hope Macro is up at the pointy end too. Next year can't come soon enough.