Jan 22, 2002
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Copyright 2002, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.<BR><BR>Anthony Gobert, the lone Yamaha factory Superbike rider, continued to earn his large paycheck Tuesday by clocking the fastest lap time on day two of the AMA test at Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca with a 1:26.313. Riding a Yamaha YZF-R7 on Dunlops, Gobert was fastest of the test Monday with a 1:26.788 and posted his quick time Tuesday well before the end of the frigid day on the Central California Coast.<BR><BR>Gobert seems happy and relaxed, frequently smiling as he climbs off his racebike.<BR><BR>Riders have given the latest Dunlop slicks rave reviews. The new tires use previously-existing compounds but are larger than the tires they will replace.<BR><BR>American Honda's Nicky Hayden was fourth-fastest Monday with a 1:28.073 lap time despite mechanical glitches with the two different RC51 Superbikes he rode. Hayden rebounded late Tuesday with several fast laps but came up just short of Gobert's best time with a 1:26.316.<BR><BR>Kurtis Roberts was the third and last Superbike rider to turn a 1:26 lap time Tuesday with a 1:26.905 on a day that barely reached 50 degrees Fahrenheit at its peak. <BR><BR>Eric Bostrom's Kawasaki ZX-7RR seems to be working better at Laguna Seca than it did during off-season tests at at Daytona and California Speedway. Bostrom has been in the low-1:27 range over both days of the test thus far and ended Tuesday as the fourth-fastest Superbike rider at 1:27.271.<BR><BR>Miguel Duhamel improved his lap time from Monday's 1:28.320 to a fifth-fastest time of 1:27.832 on Tuesday.<BR><BR>Bruce Transportation Group's Jake Zemke was the fastest of the four Formula Xtreme riders Tuesday with a 1:29.056, but Zemke went quicker on Monday with a 1:28.437. <BR><BR>Although he was the slowest FX rider Tuesday, young Alex Gobert displayed his familiarity with a Formula Xtreme Honda by lapping just 0.8-second slower than Zemke. Alex Gobert raced in an Aprilia Cup event at Laguna Seca in 1999, his second-ever road race, and raced Honda CBR929RR Formula Xtreme bikes in Australia last season.<BR><BR>Aaron Gobert recorded the fastest 600cc Supersport time Tuesday with a 1:30.023, but crashed at the top of corkscrew in the afternoon.<BR><BR>Other crashers on Tuesday included Mike Hale, who fell in turn four, and Roger Hayden, who fell following Hale in an incident that was either caused by something on the track or by something leaking from Hale's Erion Honda, depending upon the source.<BR><BR>Behind Aaron Gobert, most of the 600cc testers have recorded very similar times. On Monday, the top five 600cc riders' best lap times were separated by 0.3-second. On Tuesday, the top three riders (Aaron Gobert, Damon Buckmaster, Tommy Hayden) were separated by 0.15-second.<BR><BR>The AMA tests at Laguna Seca are scheduled to last through Thursday, January 24.