The second day of testing for the small band of World Superbike riders gathered together at the Motorland Aragon circuit took place under near ideal conditions, the winds that plagued the first day having dropped overnight. The results are almost a rerun of the 2012 season, with Tom Sykes on the Kawasaki at the top of the timesheets, and 2012 World Champion Max Biaggi shortly behind on the Aprilia. The times are fast: Sykes is a second quicker than he was on Monday, while Biaggi is nine tenths faster than the previous day. Both men are well under the race lap record, though Sykes is still a second slower than his Superpole record from earlier this year.
Leon Camier continues to impress on the Suzuki, posting the 3rd fastest time of the day. Reports that Camier was running the old 16.5-inch wheels, as reported by GPOne.com, were denied by Suzuki's Jack Valentine, the Suzuki man running the same 17-inch wheels that both Sykes and Biaggi are using.
Carlos Checa continues work on the Ducati Panigale, and the bike is making good progress despite it still being very early days in its development. Checa was half a second quicker than yesterday, and the gap to the fastest man has stayed more or less stable. An announcement on the future of Checa and of Davide Giugliano is expected soon
Testing concludes tomorrow, though there will be more tests before the end of the year, including a test for most of the 2013 World Superbike paddock at Jerez at the end of November.
Times, courtesy of the official WorldSBK.com website: