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Steve Martin Forced to Sit Out Official WSBK Test - March 18th 2007

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    Steve Martin was forced to miss this weekend's official WSBK test in Valencia following the DFX Honda team's decision to pull out at the last minute.

    With all World Superbike teams present, Steve was eager to return to the Spanish circuit for the two day official test in order to make further in-roads to the improvements achieved with his Honda's set-up at Phillip Island, and also prior to going into the first European round at Donington at the end of the month.

    Steve commented, "I'm not 100% sure of the exact reason DFX decided at last minute to not attend the test, but whatever the reason, it's not good that we weren't there this weekend. Partly because we really do need more testing time as we've still got a lot of work to do with the bike, but also, because testing along with all the other teams and riders is one of the best indicators of competitiveness and improvements in the field. We've now missed out on both of these opportunities which can only be a hindrance to mine and the team's performance."

    Steve returned to his European home base in Switzerland last week, where he will now continue with his training programme before travelling to the UK in nine days time for the third round of the championship.

    Speaking about the next round at Donington, Steve said, "I'm looking forward to going to Donington as since Phillip Island we've really had our thinking caps on and know the areas where we need to improve, and how to achieve that. If all those elements come online I know I'll be able to be even closer to the front runners.

    "Donington is a bit like Phillip Island and it's a great track with a lot of character. The circuit layout is good and it's a great bike track, but also, it's one of those circuits where you get a lot of spectators and you can really feel the support of the Brits behind you, which all adds up to making it a good race weekend. We've not raced there since 2001 so it will be good to go back."