Aprilia Alitalia, BMW Motorrad and Ducati Althea have wrapped up two days of testing at Misano in preparation for the San Marino Round on June 12. The tests took place in excellent track and weather conditions, with temperatures soaring to 29°C (air) and 44°C (track). At the end of play Carlos Checa had unofficially improved all the track records: setting a time of 1 minute 34.8 seconds on a Superpole tyre, two-tenths under Troy Corser’s record for BMW, and 1 minute 35.5 seconds on a race tyre, one second exactly quicker than the time recorded by Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha) in 2010.
“After Monza, a really difficult round for me, I’m happy to have been able to come here and be competitive once again,” was Checa’s comment. “We have worked well, concentrating on both chassis settings and electronics, as well as on the tyres of course. We have found a good set-up for the Misano race and have also identified a few things that could be useful at Miller too.”
Max Biaggi was also competitive, setting the quickest time on day 1 with 1’35″6. “Here Max won both races last year, we found a good base set-up right away and were able to use the second day to try a few things but unfortunately they didn’t work very well,” said Aprilia team manager Francesco Guidotti. The two BMW riders Troy Corser and Leon Haslam were also present together with Steve Martin testing new cycle parts. In the next couple of days Yamaha will be testing at Aragon (Spain) with Melandri and Laverty while Castrol Honda Ten Kate will bring forward their US trip to test at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah with Jonathan Rea and Ruben Xaus.
Unofficial times: 1. Checa (Ducati) 1’34″8; 2. Biaggi (Aprilia) 1’35″6; 3. Corser (BMW) 1’35″8; 4. Haslam (BMW) 1’36″1; 5. Camier (Aprilia) 1’36″3; 6. Haga (Aprilia) 1’37″0; 7. Hofmann (Aprilia) 1’37″6.