Foggy PETRONAS Racing start the European section of the Superbike World Championship season at Valencia this weekend hoping to turn encouraging test performances into race results.

Valencia is a happy hunting ground for the team and Australian rider Steve Martin recently finished the official WSBK test at the Spanish circuit in fifth place with a time of 1:35.178 – two seconds faster than his previous best at the circuit on the PETRONAS FP1.

And, having had a chance to test further engine developments at Misano, Steve is hopeful of transferring fast qualifying times into championship points in the third round races.

Steve said: “The test at Valencia last month was really positive and I think we have a really good set-up for the race at a circuit that suits our bike. We have also made some improvements since that test so I am 100 per cent charged up. The recent test at Misano has also made me even more hungry for results, as I was able to do some race-distance work and hopefully everything will come to fruition this weekend.”

Team-mate Craig Jones also made great strides forward at the Misano test and is looking to build on those set-up developments

Craig said: “I am looking forward to getting back on the bike having had a positive test at Misano. We found a good base set-up there and I’m keen to see how that works at Valencia. But I still have to be realistic about my goals at this stage of the season. Now I feel that I am ready to start trying to finish each session in the top 20 and I want to try and get into Superpole. If I could start on the first four rows I think that would give me a better chance of putting my race skills into practice.”

Circuit facts: Valencia, Spain

Circuit length: 4.005km
Pole position: Right
Corners left: 9
Corners right: 5
Corner radius: Min 30m – Max 250m
Maximum slope: Downhill 5.33 per cent, Uphill 3.58 per cent



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