Tamada Top Ten After Valencia Tests

April 15, 2008

Makoto Tamada (PSG-1 Kawasaki Corse) made great advances in finding a good race set-up for his 2008 specification machine, after a busy two days at the official tests in Valencia, Spain.

Régis Laconi (PSG-1 Kawasaki Corse) had a less happy time on his machine, working hard but not finding the same degree of improvement as his team-mate. Laconi was, however, very close to Tamada in terms of his single best lap time, with Tamada setting a 1’35.591 and Laconi a 1’35.740.

Valencia hosts the third round of what is now a 14-round Championship on April 6, when the Superstock classes join the Superbike and Supersport teams for their first round of the season.

Makoto Tamada: “Most of our time was spent working on revised chassis settings, and we got through a lot of things. I felt an improvement from our new swingarm and it gave me a better feeling. We had a bit less chattering and our brake control was good. The engine was the same spec as before but we tried a new engine braking system and traction control settings. We didn’t try a long run but the tyre feeling was definitely better this time.”

Régis Laconi: “We lost some time in this test and I can’t say I am completely happy with the bike settings around here. We are getting a lot of chatter when leaning into right hand corners. We tried our best and we worked through a lot of things. We found out a lot of things so for the race I am sure we will be more ready.”