Italian media reported only six riders - two each on factory bikes from Yamaha, Honda and Ducati - will participate in the special Bridgestone test March 4-5 at Phillip Island. IRTA allowed the test after tire problems on the freshly paved Phillip Island Circuit marred the Australian Grand Prix in October.
Further reports have it that testing time will be balanced by prohibiting those six riders and teams from participating in testing March 7-9 at Qatar.
World Superbike testing will start Feb. 17-18 at Phillip Island, the traditional Race Week sessions before the start of the season Feb. 23-25. World Supersport teams also will be on track at the test.