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Imola Friday 2016


  |   News Racing

The Honda WorldSBK Team has completed a one-day test at the Misano World Circuit in preparation for the eighth round of the 2016 FIM Superbike World Championship, which is scheduled to take place at the same venue on June 17-19. Michael van der Mark and Nicky Hayden were able to go through a sizeable amount of work, although the test came to an early end at 3pm, when rain started to fall on the Italian circuit.

Nonetheless, both riders managed to complete 58 laps apiece, while evaluating new chassis components designed to improve the overall grip of their Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP machines. Van der Mark and Hayden also tried different gearing options and chassis adjustments in order to find a good set-up for the upcoming round. The Dutchmen logged a 1’36.2 as a best lap-time on used tyres.

The team will now return to their headquarters in the Netherlands to analyse the data gathered today and speed up preparations for the upcoming event.

Michael van der Mark: “I’m really happy with today’s test. There were a lot of things that usually we’re unable to evaluate during the weekend, as there simply isn’t enough time. The results are good and I think we have found a good direction again. Too bad it started raining in the afternoon, because we had more stuff to try. Looking forward to the Misano weekend now, I cannot wait see the results of the work done today.”