Press releases from some of the World Superbike teams who took part in the test at Misano:
Positive test for the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team in Misano ahead of the eighth round of the WorldSBK championship
The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team positively concluded a two-day test at the Misano (Italy) circuit, which was useful both to better prepare for the eighth round of the season – the second on home soil – scheduled for June 17-19 and to move forward with the development of chassis and electronics ahead of the second half of the championship.
Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano clocked 105 and 108 laps respectively on the Panigale R, making several comparisons and working to improve their base setups in race configuration, with an emphasis on consistency with used tyres. The rain that hit the track after the lunch break during the second day forced the team to cancel long-runs, but both riders left the circuit satisfied and confident about their next challenge.
Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #7) 1:35.485
“After so many races, it seems like a long time since our last test. It’s been definitely positive to have a couple of days to try things and ideas that can’t be tested on a race weekend. It’s a shame that the rain cut our track time short, but we’ve found a couple of good solutions for our base setup that should help us make another step forward, and this is the most important thing. At this point of the season, everyone is capable of getting up to speed quite quickly, even though these tests were clearly useful also to get better prepared for next race. Last year Misano wasn’t an easy weekend for us, so our goal is to make up for it in a couple of weeks’ time.”
Davide Giugliano (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #34) 1:35.510
“We were able to evaluate a couple of ideas, especially in terms of electronics, which turned out to be quite good. It’s always important to make in-depth tests on the base setup, because during the races the focus is on pure speed, and I believe we took another step in the right direction. I also tried a thumb-activated rear brake with positive feedback, even though I clearly still need to get adjusted to it. We’ve been progressively faster over the last few races, so our next goal is to have a whole weekend without any drops in our performance. Unfortunately the rain forced us to close shop early, but those two days were both important and productive ahead of the Misano round.”
Fruitful single-day test for the Honda WorldSBK Team at Misano
The Honda WorldSBK Team has completed a one-day test at the Misano World Circuit in preparation for the eighth round of the 2016 FIM Superbike World Championship, which is scheduled to take place at the same venue on June 17-19. Nicky Hayden and Michael van der Mark were able to go through a sizeable amount of work, although the test came to an early end at 3pm, when rain started to fall on the Italian circuit.
Nonetheless, both riders managed to complete 58 laps apiece, while evaluating new chassis components designed to improve the overall grip of their Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP machines. Hayden and van der Mark also tried different gearing options and chassis adjustments in order to find a good set-up for the upcoming round. Nicky logged a 1’35.8 as a best lap-time, while Michael did a 1’36.2 on used tyres.
The team will now return to their headquarters in the Netherlands to analyse the data gathered today and speed up preparations for the upcoming event.
Nicky Hayden 69
This was our first test since the start of the season and a very useful one, too. Misano being the next race on the calendar meant we spent some time doing some preparations for that weekend. We were able to try some stuff we usually can’t do, because with a single bike in WorldSBK is really hard to make some changes. Unfortunately, it rained in the afternoon and, despite doing a couple of exits in the rain, the work basically stopped there. I’d hoped we could have learned a bit more today and take a bigger step forward. We did, however, found a few things and I hope these will make us readier for the second part of the season.
Michael van der Mark 60
I’m really happy with today’s test. There were a lot of things that usually we’re unable to evaluate during the weekend, as there simply isn’t enough time. The results are good and I think we have found a good direction again. Too bad it started raining in the afternoon, because we had more stuff to try. Looking forward to the Misano weekend now, I cannot wait see the results of the work done today.
We can be content with the results of this test. We were looking forward to some time away from the races in order to evaluate new parts and updates that we usually don’t have the time for. The work done with the chassis has paid off and both riders confirmed that there has been indeed an improvement in terms of grip. We also worked with the gearing, a crucial area at Misano and Michael tried the new swingarm pivot with some positive feedback. I feel we are now ready for the next round and we’re confident on our chances to do well in Italy.
Misano Tests, good feelings from Iodaracing riders
Misano Adriatico, June 1, 2016 - The Team Iodaracing ended its first day of private testing of the season 2016 on the Misano Adriatico circuit in preparation for the second round of the Italian Superbike races that will take on Marco Simoncelli circuit on 18 and 19 June.
Lorenzo Savadori and Alex De Angelis have been able to focus on the work of development of their Aprilia RSV4RF during the morning, while in the second part of the day the weather has changed bringing the rain on the italian track and thereby preventing the exit of the pits.
The test, despite the arrival of water in the afternoon, was judged positively by the two Iodaracing pilots who were able to focus together with their technicians on their bikes without the race pressure, the only regret was only to not be able to fully exploit the day.
The lap times recorded by the two pilots were encouraging and despite the arrival of the rain, Lorenzo Savadori and Alex De Angelis managed to take respectively 63 and 65 laps picking an interesting amount of data that will be useful for the eighth round of the championship of Superbike in two weeks time.