Biaggi Tests Alstare GSX-R1000 Suzuki - October 12th 2006
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Former GP star Max Biaggi had his first Superbike experience at Magny-Cours when he tested the Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 this week.
The Italian put in a considerable amount of laps aboard this year?s Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra K6 bikes at a private two-day test at the French circuit, run under variable weather conditions.
The last time I rode on a race track was on the 6th November in 2005 and after nearly a year off, getting onto a race bike again was a slightly strange experience as you can imagine. The Superbike is heavier than a MotoGP bike and that makes changing direction - in chicanes for example - a little harder. I had a lot to learn in these two days and a lot to think about.
This is the first time I've been to this track and so I had to learn which way round it went before I could even start working on going quickly. Then there is the big difference in tyres because I've not raced on these Pirellis before. The feeling of them is something that I have to learn to understand bit by bit.
I started off by trying to get comfortable on the bike and this meant altering the position of the handlebars, footrests and all the levers. Because I am not very big, I also had to have some extra padding on the seat so that I didn't slide around too much. No carbon brakes on a Superbike for example so, of course, I have to get used to a different way of braking as well. In fact the whole Superbike package is quite different to what I have been used to. All in all there's a lot to learn but I've started the process and now I'm looking forward to the next test and continuing my learning curve.