Marco Melandri topped the timesheets at the final day of testing for the World Superbike series at Misano. The Yamaha rider broke into the 1'35s on Wednesday, setting a time of 1'35.8, seven tenths quicker than the official lap record set by Carlos Checa during the race back in June. Checa and Eugene Laverty once again set the 2nd fastest time, two tenths behind Melandri, while BMW Italia's Ayrton Badovini continues to impress, ending the test just a tenth of a second slower than Checa and Laverty.
Toni Elias, drafted in to test the bike vacated by the precipitate retirement of James Toseland, made some improvement, but ended the day 2 seconds behind Melandri, a tenth closer than yesterday, but still a long way behind the Italian. Elias left the test early on Wednesday, heading off to Aragon for this weekend's round of MotoGP, where he will be mulling over the BMW offer he is reported to have.
The day was spent testing various types of tires: Pirelli had brought three different types, GPOne.com reported, including qualifiers to test. Tom Sykes matched Marco Melandri's 1'35.8 mark on the Kawasaki, but Sykes set his time on qualifiers, while Melandri used a soft race tire to get to 1'35.8. Most of the riders spent their time focusing on the race tires to be used in 2012 though.
With the test now concluded, the WSBK paddock packs up and heads 100 kilometers up the road for the next round of the series at Imola on September 25th.
Unofficial overall times after the test, courtesy of WorldSBK.com: