Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Orange County, CA
Today at Jerez Melandri (in spite of a badly hurting shoulder) did a WSBK testers best of 1:40.816 with regular race tires.
The best of the Ducati MotoGP team doing testing at the same time was Hayden with a 1:40.090 (which is a good, competitive time for Jerez). The second of the MotoGP guys was Iannone with a 1:40.989 - slower than Melandri (and that was still considered a "good" result for a new Ducati rider).
The fact that they are that close is simply stunning and shows you just how fast WSBK has become.
Also, Badovini on the new Panigale did a 1:44.529...
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