Valencia – Round 3 – SBK Race report

369_R03_Haga_actionValencia is a challenging circuit for tyres as its tight corners and asphalt conditions demand a precise bike setup and ideal temperature conditions.  The ideal race tyre for the Superbike riders this weekend proved to be the SC2 ("B") front and SC1 ("A") rear solution, but as the track temperature was 13°C warmer than last year, the higher performing tyre delivered an identical race time with a solution offering more grip in the corners. It was interesting to see BMW achieve a best result ever with Corser's fourth place finish in Race 1, leaving a signal that the team has found an even more ideal bike setup and consistency. Toseland (Yamaha) was welcomed back to the podium in true form in a spectacular race which forced Biaggi (Aprilia) to push to the limit, having said he feels back at home on Pirelli tyres in Superbike after two years in MotoGP.  Haga's added one more victory to his Valencia career in Race 2 and put Ducati Xerox at the front for the first time since the start of the season. Supersport left a new qualifying record of 1'35.658 by Laverty (Honda), but his slight mistake in the middle of the race left the door opened for the local hero and track expert, Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki) to take the win.