Press releases issued by the FIXI Crescent Suzuki and the BMW Motorrad Goldbet teams after the test at Aragon:
POSITIVE TEST FOR FIXI CRESCENT SUZUKI
Team Suzuki Press Office - April 5.
FIXI Crescent Suzuki has ended a successful three-day test at Motorland Aragon in Spain, as it prepares for the forthcoming race at the same circuit later this month.
Leon Camier and Jules Cluzel both completed comprehensive test schedules which featured a mix of engine, electronics, suspension and even race start tests. Camier made a thorough evaluation of a development engine for his Yoshimura-powered Suzuki GSX-R and was pleased with the performance and durability of the up-dated motor. The engineers at Yoshimura in Japan will now further assess the new engine spec and introduce it to the team for race use as soon as possible. Camier finished the test in an unofficial second place on the time sheets and was able to spend time on the final day practicing starts, which was something that he needed to work on to give him the opportunities to get away with the front pack at the beginning of the race. He made good progress in this area and will now look to put this practice into action during the race weekend.
Cluzel made huge steps throughout the test as he continued to acquaint himself further with the Suzuki Superbike and its behaviour at different circuits. The Frenchman improved his lap-times by almost three seconds during the test and is now in a confident mood ahead of the next round. Cluzel was able to concentrate on different chassis settings to make the machine more comfortable for him to ride and to help him use his natural speed and bike control to greater effect.
FIXI Crescent Suzuki will now head back to the UK before returning to the 5,433m Spanish circuit next week to prepare for the first European race of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship, to be held on Sunday April 14th.
"It has been a good test, because we have spent a lot of time working on many details to get them right. We now have a better understanding of the engine power mapping and how it makes the bike react; we have made some very important progress in this area and will be able to move on from here. I was able to work on my starts as well and made some really positive steps with improving them. It was one of the things we really needed to work on and we were able to do a lot of work. On the final day we tried some different chassis settings and it looks like we've got something very interesting to work with to try and make the turning and balance of the bike better, but we will have to see how that compares the next time we are on track."
"I'm really happy with the three days here at Aragon, we did lots of work and it has been a very good test for us. We did lots of laps on the bike and I know what to do to go fast here, which will be good for next week. We tried many settings to try and understand what is working and what is not. It was very tough on the first day because this track is a very different type to Phillip Island and you need to ride in a different style, but I was able to adapt quickly and now I understand how to go faster. I am looking forward to coming back for the race and carrying on from where we finished this week."
Paul Denning - Team Manager:
"This has been a very important and productive test for the FIXI Crescent Suzuki team. It has been a long time away from the track for the riders since Phillip Island and the priority was to put as many miles under the wheels as possible - especially for Jules. The whole test has been very competitive and we've made good progress.
"Leon was able to test the new development engine from Yoshimura and it worked faultlessly and gave a measurable performance improvement. It has now been crated up and is on its way back to Japan for further testing, before it can be introduced as soon as possible this season. He was also able to do lots of practice starts and worked on his technique as well as trying different mechanical settings of the clutch and electronic control settings - the combination worked well and we saw a massive improvement, to the point that by the end of the test each start was very competitive and he had full confidence in the launch procedure.
"Jules had a very solid three days and produced some very impressive improvements as the test progressed. He was able to work through lots of chassis settings and understand better how the Suzuki GSX-R works, and to assess both the positive and negative side of adjusting the bike's characteristics. The miles completed - on day two alone Jules did 72 laps! - have given him a really solid base to work from as we approach a busy run of races.
"I would like to thank Yohei-san from Yoshimura for making the trip from Japan for the test; it was very important and helpful to have him here. I would also like to thank the crew for working so hard before and throughout the three days. We will be back at Aragon next week and it will be good to get back racing to see where we stack up against the other riders and machines"
Superbike Test - Combined Unofficial Lap Times: 1. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) 1'57.7: 2 Leon Camier (FIXI Crescent Suzuki) 1'58.0: 3. Jules Cluzel (FIXI Crescent Suzuki) 1'59.1: 4. Loris Baz (Kawasaki) 1'59.3: 5. Niccolo Canapa (Ducati) 1'59.3.
BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team - Testing - Jerez
Testing – Jerez.
4th to 5th April 2013.
Jerez de la Frontera, 5th April 2013. Before tackling the second round of the 2013 FIM Superbike World Championship next weekend, the BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team conducted two days of testing this week. The test took place at Spanish track, Jerez de la Frontera. After recovering from his shoulder surgery over the last few weeks, factory rider Marco Melandri (ITA) teamed up again with his team mate Chaz Davies (GBR). They worked on further optimising several areas of their BMW S 1000 RRs. For Marco the test also offered the perfect opportunity to evaluate his physical condition ahead of the next round.
The team used the two days at the track to further develop the electronic strategies that were successfully introduced at the Jerez test in the middle of March. In addition, Marco and Chaz tried new chassis parts and worked on engine development. Unfortunately, despite the mild temperatures, the weather conditions were not ideal for testing and the track was declared mainly wet today and Thursday. Consequently, track time was reduced for the two factory riders. In total Marco completed 101 laps and Chaz completed 74 laps, a combined total of 755 kilometres of testing on the RRs. The second round of the 2013 FIM Superbike World Championship will take place from 12th to 14th April at Motorland Aragón (ESP).
The Superstock squad of the BMW Motorrad GoldBet Team was also testing this week, at Motorland Aragón. Reigning Superstock champion, Sylvain Barrier (FRA), and his new team mate Greg Gildenhuys (RSA) conducted three successful days of testing in preparation for the 2013 FIM Superstock 1000 Cup, which is due to start at the Spanish venue in one week. The team will ride the brand new BMW HP4 in this series and after the positive test, the squad is well prepared for the season opener at Motorland Aragón.
Bike: BMW S 1000 RR
“The severe pain that I suffered in my bone has gone so it was a good test for me. Obviously at the moment, I am still struggling as I am lacking power and flexibility in the shoulder, but now the muscle only hurts a little bit as it is still is recovering. It looks like I am on the way to full recovery. After the surgery and the long break, I used the test mainly to work on myself and we tried some different electronic strategies. Fortunately we were able to ride some laps in the dry today, even if the conditions were pretty difficult. Overall I am happy with the test because we found some good ideas for the future and I think we are doing a very good job.”
Bike: BMW S 1000 RR
“We have had the same weather that we experienced previously in Jerez, a combination of wet, mixed and dry conditions. What was following us in winter has now continued into spring. It was a bit frustrating as we only got two hours of dry time today, but we did a lot of work in the short space of time we had out on track. I had the chance to test a lot of different things. We evaluated some chassis components, worked again on the electronic strategy and on the power delivery. I think we can be pretty happy and head to Aragón in an optimistic mood. It has also been nice to ride in the week before the next race to stay fresh and now I am excited to get to Aragón.”
Andrea Dosoli (Technical Director BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team):
“As usual, the beginning of the season is very busy for the whole team. The long break between Phillip Island and Aragón has been very important for our short and medium term development programme and everybody in Italy and Germany is working flat out. As a result of this, we will be able to already introduce some of the items we tested here during the next race weekend at Aragón. Overall, the test was positive. Even if we were not lucky with the weather, both riders could evaluate some of the new electronic strategies, as well as new chassis parts and engine solutions and get familiar with them.
For Marco, it was important to jump on his RR again after such a long break and to evaluate the status of the shoulder recovery after his surgery. His feedback has been very useful for our engineers. Chaz could evaluate the improvements made, according to his requests, just 20 days after the last test on the same track. In one week we will be racing in Aragón and we are confident of having a good package. The development is proceeding well but we all have to keep working hard and follow our plan in order to be ready for a very long and tough season.”
Serafino Foti (Sport Director BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team):
“The test has been positive despite the bad weather that seems to be following us. We could only work in dry conditions for just over two hours and had to reduce our planned schedule. I am really happy because I could see Marco laughing. He had a very bad winter and after the surgery to his shoulder it finally seems that he is getting better. He won't be 100 percent fit in Aragón, but the season is long and I am confident that he will make us happy. Chaz’s track time was reduced by the bad weather too, but his feeling with the RR is improving and in Aragón he will fight for the front positions.
The Superstock team ended their test with positive results too and we are satisfied. In Aragón, we will see the result of the work we have done over winter. We are confident to be competitive and our target is to defend the Superstock title we won last year.”