The tests carried out today on the Spanish track,
open to all and organised by Infront and Pirelli
which bore the costs for the track and for supplying
the tyres, involved the following teams with their
Aprilia Racing Team, Althea Racing, Honda World
Superbike Team, FIXI Crescent Suzuki, BMW Motorrad
Motorsport, BMW Motorrad Italia Goldbet, Kawasaki
Racing Team and Pata Racing Team. Grillini Progea
Superbike Team, ParkinGO MTC Racing and Team
Pedercini instead chose not to take part in the
development tests of the new 17-inch tyres but only
in those relating to the new 16.5-inch solutions for
the current season.
The teams Red Devils Roma and Team Effenbert Liberty
Racing instead communicated their decision not to
perform the tests.
The test day programme involved two sessions, one
organised in the morning and one in the afternoon,
lasting 2 hours and 20 minutes each, during which
the riders were able to try out 3 different 17-inch
solutions on the front and 2 solutions on the rear,
all in intermediate SC1 compound but different in
terms of structure, construction materials and
In particular in the test for development of the
17-inch tyres the riders first did a few laps with
the 16.5-inch tyres in the SC1 compound which they
have available during the year before moving on to
the 17-inch solutions.
The decision to perform the test with solutions
still in SC1 compound, as already communicated, was
taken to ensure that the riders were totally focused
on the different size rather than on other features
of the tyres.
In the morning session the new 17-inch tyres were
tested by Max Biaggi, Davide Giugliano, Jonathan
Rea, Leon Camier, Leon Haslam, Ayrton Badovini,
Loris Baz and Lorenzo Zanetti.
In the afternoon instead it was the turn of Carlos
Checa, John Hopkins, Marco Melandri, Michel Fabrizio
and Tom Sykes. Each rider did on average
approximately 30 laps.
The table below compares the results for the fastest
laps of the single riders obtained in the order of
Race 1 on Sunday, when the weather conditions were
certainly more favourable than Race 2 and enabled
them to achieve better times, and then in today's
tests first with the standard 16.5-inch tyre that
they have available in races and then with 17-inch