2001 World Superbike champion Troy Bayliss finished his final pre-session test by knocking a further half second from his best Valencia lap time - leaving the Australian over one second quicker than his nearest rival and inside the official WSBK circuit lap record.
The Ducati Xerox rider, returning to WSBK this year after three seasons in MotoGP, set a 1min 34.4secs best on 2006 spec Pirelli race tyres (and a 1min 34.3secs on qualifying tyres) during the second and final day of testing - comfortably beating the fastest official Valencia lap time of 1min 34.6secs, set on qualifying tyres by Neil Hodgson during the 2003 race weekend.
"The first time I tested here in November I did a 1min 36secs and now today on the race tyre I did a 1min 34.4secs, which is quite an improvement," confirmed Troy, who covered 133 laps on his new 999F06.
New Winston Ten Kate Honda James Toseland was the second fastest rider on qualifying tyres (+1.0secs from Bayliss), with Troy's team-mate Lorenzo Lanzi the second fastest when using race rubber (+1.2secs from Bayliss).
Each of the top Honda and Ducati riders had access to 2006-spec tyres, including Karl Muggeridge, who equalled team-mate Toseland's best on race tyres - for joint third position - but was marginally behind with a qualifying set-up.
Further back, new Pedercini Ducati rider Max Neukirchner and retained Yamaha Motor France pilot Norick Abe shared a best time of 1min 36.4secs on the final day, but with neither able to use 2006 specification tyres.
Former Klaffi Honda rider Neukirchner enjoyed his time on the Ducati, making the most of its characteristics in a short space of time, while Abe tested ignition and electronics packages on day two, but suffered some fueling glitches as the team tested new injection mappings.
"Today we worked mainly on the injection system. We wanted to get a good setting for this and then try for a good suspension setting. It was difficult to get a good setting on the mapping and it is still not perfect. Because of this we didn't get to try any new settings on the suspension," he revealed.
Abe was the sole Yamaha Motor France rider in attendance at Valencia. Shinichi Nakatomi, who will run Japanese Soqi suspension, elected to miss the test having twice tested his R1 at the circuit, while Sebastien Gimbert was also absent. The Frenchman did not test as he will not race in Valencia due to a date clash with the Le Mans 24-hour race.
Meanwhile, Neukirchner's team-mate Ivan Clementi and former MotoGP rider Roberto Rolfo, now of Caracchi Ducati, also shared a best time; 1min 36.6secs. Sterilgarda Berik Ducati's Marco Borciani was only a tenth behind, but the biggest improvement over day one came from new Alstare Suzuki rider Fabien Foret who posted a 1min 36.9secs on his 'standard spec' GSX-R1000.
At around the same time as the Valencia test ended, Yamaha Motor Italia riders Noriyuki Haga and Andrew Pitt, plus DFX Honda's Frankie Chili and Michel Fabrizio were packing up after testing for three days at Qatar (see separate story).
Notable teams not testing at either Valencia or Qatar this week were the Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra factory team of reigning world champion Troy Corser and team-mate Yukio Kagayama, plus Foggy Petronas Racing pilots Steve Martin and Craig Jones.
The opening round of the 2006 Corona Extra World Superbike championship will take place at Qatar on February 25.
2001 World Superbike champion Troy Bayliss can't wait to break his three-year win drought, accumulated during his time in MotoGP, when he returns to World Superbike action this season.
The reason for Troy's optimism at getting back into race and championship winning contention is a near perfect set of pre-season performances - culminating in the Australian ending his final pre-season outing, at Valencia yesterday, with a record breaking pace that put him over one second ahead of his nearest rival.
"Obviously I feel pretty comfortable on the bike and things are going really well so that makes me happy. The start of the championship is just around the corner and we haven't had to change the bike a lot since I first hopped on it," said Troy afterwards.
"I'm feeling confident and I'm sure I'm going to be a contender for the championship and especially for race wins," he confirmed. "It's been quite a while since I've won so I'm a bit excited about that and can't wait to get one under my belt. I'm very impressed with the bike and feel good on it. I haven't felt this much at home for a long time!"
The Ducati Xerox rider set a 1min 34.4secs on race tyres (and a 1min 34.3secs on qualifying tyres) to comfortably beat the fastest official Valencia lap time of 1min 34.6secs, set on qualifying tyres by Neil Hodgson during the 2003 race weekend.
New Winston Ten Kate Honda James Toseland was the second fastest rider on qualifying tyres (+1.0secs from Bayliss), with Bayliss' team-mate Lorenzo Lanzi the second fastest when using race rubber (+1.2secs from Bayliss). However, Suzuki's reigning world champion Troy Corser and Yamaha number one Noriyuki Haga weren't at the test.
Meanwhile, Lanzi took a bit more time than Bayliss to settle in at the test – the Italian setting the fourth fastest time on day one - but made a big improvement on the second day race tyres and third on qualifiers.
"I felt that I rode well and am pleased with that, I made a good improvement over yesterday when I struggled to get into the groove and back onto the bike after a break of two months" said Lorenzo. "Today I did some good times, on race tyres we're just two or three tenths away from Troy's pace with 1m35s.
"The feeling with the bike is good and we learnt a lot these two days so I now think we're ready for Qatar. The championship finally gets underway in a couple of weeks time and it'll be great to get back to racing, especially with the factory Ducati, and the prospects are looking good," added the 2005 WSBK race winner