News 6 Feb 2023

Michelin tyre testing for Agius at Sydney Motorsport Park

No plans for talented teenager to compete in opening ASBK round.

Image: Russell Colvin.

European Moto2 vice-champion Senna Agius continues to prepare for his next stint overseas, notably testing Michelin tyres at the recent Mi-Bike Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) pre-season test in Sydney.

After a breakout rookie Moto2 season last year, Agius returned home to compete in the final two rounds of the Mi-Bike Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK), scoring an impressive P2 in race two at The Bend to conclude the season.

Gearing up for a European Moto2 Championship challenge with the title-winning Liqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GP team, Agius has spent time during the off-season training on the Honda litre bike, but will not contest the opening round of the ASBK season this year before heading overseas in March.

Before the European Championship last year, Agius dominated the opening round of the Australian Supersport Championship, equipped with Michelin tyres. He used Dunlop overseas in Moto2 then Pirelli with Penrite Honda Racing in his ASBK appearances last year, now testing Michelin endurance tyres in the latest outing at SMSP.

“The two days at Eastern Creek were good, it was good to have a look at the new surfaces, and for sure I think definitely it was an improvement,” Agius explained to CycleOnline. “I got the opportunity to do some testing on the new range of endurance Michelin tyres that they use overseas, just to see what they are like because I don’t think they have anyone currently using their tyres [in Australian Superbike].

“With Doug and Alex being there in support, we were just seeing how we can get them to work on the Honda. It was a good two days for me, I improved my riding on the superbike in general and getting an understanding of all of the different tyres. But yeah, I didn’t get to do too many time attack-type runs.”

Despite testing a variety of harder compound tyres and putting a focus on understanding the new types of rubber, Agius was able to conclude the two-day test eighth fastest with a best lap of 1m30.810s.