WSBK, Philip Island

First 3 sessions of winter tests, for what it’s worth… new Ducati 1098 in great evidence (of course… with 200cc more than the others…) Bayliss the quickest in day 1 and day 2 till he crashed, but also Fabrizio and Xaus were always very fast. Suzukis very fast either with Kagayama and Nieto consistently among the quickest… Biaggi and Haga a bit disappointing on the single lap but consistent on long distance…SUPERBIKE : 1. Kagayama (Gia-Suzuki) 1’32”1; 2. Nieto (Spa-Suzuki) 1’32”3; 3. Fabrizio (Ita-Ducati) 1’32”3; 4. Xaus (Spa-Ducati) 1’32”3; 5. Bayliss (Aus-Ducati) 1’32”4; 6. Haga (Gia-Yamaha) 1’32”6; 7. Corser (Aus-Yamaha) 1’32”7; 8. Biaggi (Ita-Ducati) 1’32”8; 9. Laconi (Fra-Kawasaki) 1’33”5; 10. Tamada (Gia-Kawasaki) 1’34”6.
so… Bayliss is still my favorite for 2008 title, then I see Biaggi and Nieto…

Phillip Island Tests - Report


YUKIO IMPROVES TIMES DESPITE HOT TEMPERATURES Yukio Kagayama (Alstare Suzuki) scored the fastest time of all three days of testing today, despite temperatures that climbed to 38°C, as Phillip Island felt the full weight of an Aussie summer. His 1’32.1 just beat the previous best, set by Troy Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) but that was the least of the 2001 and 2006 champion’s worries, after he fell at the bottom of MG and broke his right collarbone. Bayliss was in the process of overtaking another rider, but when he realised he could not make the pass, he got on the rear brake and was highsided off. Initial X-Rays at Melbourne Hospital are not 100conclusive, as the bones are not displaced, but circuit medics say his injury should be healed in around 21 days - enough time for Bayliss to be fit for the start of the season.