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Triumphant Test for FPR at EuroSpeedway

FPR's rider pairing of Steve Martin and Craig Jones today completed a comprehensive and valuable three day Pirelli-organised test, at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz circuit in Germany.

With both riders having worked through the tyre test programme, achieved sound chassis set-ups and completed final evaluations of the latest PETRONAS FP1 developments over three trouble-free days, the team is upbeat as it heads to Brno for the next round of the Superbike World Championship.

Craig, who spent much of the day evaluating different chassis set-ups as well as front and rear tyres on the 4.265km tight and twisty circuit, sliced almost another second off his time to record a fastest lap of 1:40.5.

Steve was also able to improve on his best lap from yesterday, to post a time of 1:40.1 on race tyres - faster than his qualifying and quickest time on the PETRONAS FP1 during last year's race weekend at the German track.

Craig said, "I started off with a completely new setting this morning based on Steve's setting from yesterday, which I liked and made good ground from the outset. We then fine tuned it, mainly in the suspension area, and that made the bike a bit easier to ride and I started to go quicker. I've also tested all the tyres we needed to and luckily all the ones I like are going to be on the allocation for the race here. I'm definitely pleased with how this test has gone overall and hopefully will be able to continue progressing in the same vein throughout the second half of this season."

Steve commented, "It's been a very useful test as we've been able to pinpoint very specific areas where we need to improve for this track. On race tyres I've been able to sit at the same lap times as I did in qualifying last year and, the latest bike developments have been tested successfully. That proves again that we're moving forward all the time with the FP1 and provides encouragement going into the next races."

The three day EuroSpeedway test was attended by all the tyre development teams representing each World Superbike manufacturer (PETRONAS, Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Ducati and Honda) along with all of the top team riders in the championship.

EuroSpeedway has been used as a World Superbike venue on three occasions in 2001, 2002 and 2005 and Steve, riding on Pirelli tyres, claimed provisional pole in 2001 despite competing against riders on the then more proven Michelin and Dunlop rubber.

Foggy PETRONAS Racing and the World Superbike paddock return to EuroSpeedway for the tenth round of the Championship on 10 September.