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Phillip Island success for HANNspree Ten Kate Honda
 
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Phillip Island success for HANNspree Ten Kate Honda - January 15th 2007


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    Following a three-day joint World Superbike and Supersport Championships Pirelli tyre test in Phillip Island, HANNspree Ten Kate Honda is leaving Australia in a positive frame of mind. Superbike riders James Toseland and Roberto Rolfo both set impressive lap times at the 4,445-metre track.

    James finished the test in third position overall, with a best lap of 1:31.7. The team's main focus was to perfect the race settings of the bike by concentrating on consistency over long periods of time. James completed a series of race simulations in hot conditions that sets him in good stead for the final test at Valencia next month.

    "We've had a great test in Phillip Island," said James. "We've been able to gather a lot of information to help improve the bike even further in Valencia in February. I'm feeling confident about the 2007 series and can't wait for the season to get underway."

    In his second official test for HANNspree Ten Kate Honda, Roberto Rolfo continued to improve his performance daily. His best lap time of 1:33.2 was less than two seconds off his team-mate's pace. "I was happy after the test at Losail and I have managed to improve on that performance at Phillip Island so I am feeling great," said Roberto. "The team has been so supportive and we are working together to make sure we are well prepared for the first race."

    Supersport riders Kenan Sofuoglu and Sebastien Charpentier made good headway in their preparation for the forthcoming season. Phillip Island was the first test for the HANNspree Ten Kate Supersport World Championship team on the new Honda CBR600RR and the results are positive. Kenan Sofuoglu set a remarkable best time of 1:33.9, setting the pace and beating last year's track record by two seconds to claim first position. Team-mate Sebastien Charpentier struggled to get to grips with the bike over the first two days of the test, but fought back on day three to finish in fourth place overall with a best time of 1:34.4.

    HANNspree Ten Kate Honda Team Manager Ronald ten Kate is in high spirits following the Phillip Island test. "Overall, we are very, very pleased," he said. "The Superbike side of things could not have gone better. We knew we had to improve on the consistency and ridability of the bike and we have achieved this. As for Roberto, he just gets better and better. For the Supersport team, the new bike is already performing well, but there are still areas we can improve on. This gives us greater motivation to make further improvements ahead of the first round of the season in Qatar."

    World Superbike Championship - day three times:

  1. 1. Bayliss (1:30.7)
  2. 2. Lanzi (1:31.2)
  3. 3. Toseland (1:31.7)
  4. 4. Corser (1:32.2)
  5. 5. Laconi (1:32.2)
  6. 6. Kagayama (1:32.3)
  7. 7. Nieto (1:32.3)
  8. 8. Biaggi (1:32.4)
  9. 9. Haga (1:32.8)
  10. 10. Rolfo (1:33.2)
  11. Supersport World Championship - day three times

  12. 1. Sofuoglu (1:33.9)
  13. 2. Curtain (1:33.9)
  14. 3. Nannelli (1:34.3)
  15. 4. Charpentier (1:34.4)
  16. 5. Parkes (1:34.8)
  17. 6. Veneman (1:35.6)
  18. 7. Foret (1:35.7)
  19. 8. Riba (1:36.0)
  20. 9. Kallio (1:37.0)