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Crutchlow comes out on top at Imola test

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The Yamaha Sterilgarda World Superbike Team headed straight off to Imola following last weekend‰Ûªs race at Misano, and today completed a two day test in the sweltering Italian sunshine.

The team, along with others, spent the two days testing further areas of electronics, including traction control, wheelie control and launch control. They also worked to find improvements in the chassis, in particular the balance of the bike.

At the end of the test it was Cal Crutchlow who came out fastest of the World Superbike riders, recording a time nearly half a second faster than closest rivals.

Crutchlow clocked in the fastest lap with a 1‰Ûª47.478, after completing 125 laps.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm happy with result of the test but we‰Ûªve got to win the races as well," Crutchlow said. "We‰Ûªve tried a lot of different settings here, finally the best are close to how we started at the beginning. Hopefully over the summer break we‰Ûªll get some new parts and make more of a difference. We‰Ûªre going to Brno with good confidence and we‰Ûªll take away from this test some good positives," Crutchlow concluded.

The time recorded by Xerox Ducati's Michel Fabrizio in the morning (1‰Ûª47.8) was the overall second fastest time of the two-day test, four tenths from Cal Crutchlow‰Ûªs fastest lap, registered late this afternoon.

Fabrizio said, ‰ÛÏWe continued with the tyre testing today and with one of the new rears I had a particularly good feeling and went half a second faster than yesterday which wasn‰Ûªt bad. We‰Ûªll see how the tyres behave when we return for the race but on hot tarmac they have worked well, providing a good level of grip. Now I‰Ûªll start to concentrate on the next event at Brno, a track a like very much.‰Û

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