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Stern test for FPR in Czech Republic

Foggy PETRONAS Racing riders Steve Martin and Craig Jones will be hoping to build on the progress made at recent test sessions, at this weekend's seventh round of the Superbike World Championship at the Czech Republic circuit of Brno.

The team visited the undulating circuit for a three-day test last month and this week made further strides forward at another three-day test session at Lausitzring in Germany.

Both riders are, however, under no illusions that Brno poses one of the stiffest tests for the PETRONAS FP1, with steep climbs from slow corners highlighting the capacity deficit.

Steve said: "Brno has traditionally been an unfruitful track for the team but I hope to be able to turn that around this year. I guess my first goal would be to make Superpole, but really I want points and that's always my aim. We've made leaps and bounds with the development of the PETRONAS FP1 since last year and that really came to fruition at our Brno test last month, so that should put us in a good position for the race there."

Craig said: "We had a really positive test at Brno last month and I was able to put in some good and consistent lap times, so I'm looking forward to hopefully carrying that forward to the race there. I like the track as it's really wide and fast with a variety of sections and I've also got some experience of racing there which is a help, as I was a stand in rider last year for Fujiwara with Ten Kate in the Supersport Championship. This week's test in Germany was also really productive and my aim is to try to keep reducing the gap between me and Steve."