WSBK – The 2009 Mondial Superbike season promises to be hot! – Kawa ‘and Aprilia mark time

The 2009 Mondial Superbike season promises to be hot !

WSBK - The 2009 Mondial Superbike season promises to be hot! - Kawa 'and Aprilia mark time

Of course, the cold and the rain disrupted the first tests of 2009 on the Portimao circuit in Portugal. However, the new Mondial Superbike season promises to be hot … The fastest so far is Byrne. For the moment !

Kawa ‘and Aprilia mark time

In Superbike, the first Kawasaki is in 15th place, led by the transfer of Supersport precisely: Broc Parkes! Cautious – there is something in view of the three difficult seasons experienced by Laconi with the Greens! -, the Australian was just hoping to finish between 10th and 18th place.

"We end up in the middle so", concludes Broc. A nice introduction from the n ° 23 as he allows himself to get ahead of his teammate who is however more experienced than him in terms of" big "sports: Makoto Tamada.

In his defense, the Japanese pilot suffered from food poisoning: "I haven’t been able to swallow anything for the past two days", deplores the No. 100 of the Greens. So even David Salom, fresh off the Mondial Supersport but particularly at ease on this monster of power, managed to hoist his private ZX-10R (Pedercini team) ahead of that of the Japanese pilot..

As for Luca Scassa, fourth driver to defend the colors of Kawa – also with Donato Pedercini -, he ranks 24th: "the bike is very different from the MV Agusta that I rode last year", notes the Italian Superbike champion !

Italy again and again to finish: Max Biaggi and his Aprilia RSV4 finished in a disappointing 18th place … Arrived confident in Portimao, the Roman Emperor met again "unexpected little worries"and left Portugal with low morale…

"Our technicians were able to gather a lot of information that will allow them to solve these problems."remarks Max, still in search of his fifth world star. Now stars, he crossed many in the turn Lusitano" !

"I fell pretty badly on my last lap", indicates the illustrious n ° 3. More fear than harm fortunately for Max the Menace, since he comes out of it with only a few bruises. Shinya Nakano for his part closes his tests without scratches in 17th place. so bad for a "rookie" who had to learn a new circuit – and what a circuit! -, and gradually discovers his new Aprilia and Pirelli tires.

Finally, in view of the superb results of the two "beginners" installed at the controls of the new R1 – Spies 2nd and Sykes 4th -, we are impatiently awaiting the first laps of the wheel of the third rider entered on Yamaha this year: a certain David Checa, French team driver GMT 94 Ipone !

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