Badger is heartened to see the sometimes fragile Max 'makes a lovely quiche' Biaggi is making a proper pest of himself at the first Pirelli Valencia test today. Day two is, er, tomorrow.
Bugger my old shaving brush if he's not fifth quickest just five tenths of a second off ivory-tinkling fastest man James Toseland and a mere tenth off his chain smoking team 'mate' Yukio Kagayama. Good work funny little Roman feller!
Lorenzo Lanzi, yesterday
Troy Bayliss and his Mussolini-lookalike team mate Lorenzo Lanzi were also super-fast and it would take a pretty stupid Badger to bet against the rock 'ard Ozzie for 2007, aye?
Nori Haga, not short of a few
Further down the newsworthy test-tastic top ten is the sour-faced Troy Corser fresh out of the box on Andrew Pitt... sorry, his new Yamaha and, crucially ahead of his team mate Nori Haga, the sultan of spondoolies.
The likeable but generally piss poor Robby Rolfo bottomed out the top ten but earned his place admirably on the basis that he brings a lot of sponsorship cash with him to fill the enormous gap left by the Winston Gaspers brand. Winston have left the Ten Kate squad fagless and cashless after their withdrawal from the sport, announced today. Go Robby Go!
Team Foggy drumming up new sponsors, tomorrow
Absent from the test was Team Foggy who are still, apparently, in negotiations with Neil Hodgson and spending a considerable amount of time coarse fishing and hare coursing. Just as long as they don't take up badger baiting...