CASTROL Honda's Aaron Slight and Carl Fogarty completed a two-day test at Phillip Island in Australia with Slight smashing the lap record and Fogarty ending the session marginally outside the record for the 2.76-mile circuit in Victoria state.

New Zealander Slight recorded a best lap of 1m 35.49s in Friday's final session with Fogarty clocking 1m 35.76s as both riders prepared for the 12th and final round of the World Superbike Champions hip at Phillip Island on October 27.

Slight improved on his best Thursday time in Friday's session while Fogarty was back in action after missing Thursday's action due to a virus. Former Australian Superbike Champion Slight said: "I feel well dialled in for the race next week. I've had a good test and clocked my fastest ever lap around Phillip Island. Being inside the lap record is a good starting point for the races."

Slight is in second place in the championship, 26 points behind leader Troy Corser. There are 50 points at stake for two wins at next week's final round.

Determined to improve his time in the closing stages of Friday's session, Slight was forced back to the pits abruptly at one stage, he explained: "I was warming up for a fat lap when I came across a tortoise in the middle of the track, bang on the racing line."

"I still felt a bit groggy today from the virus," said Fogarty. "We'll make some gearbox changes for the races and I'm confident I can go a lot quicker. This track has good memories for me from 1994 when I won my first World Superbike title. There are two races left in the Championship and I want to end the year on a winning note here in Australia."

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