Tom Sykes tops test days at Phillip Island

Tom Sykes talks with his Kawasaki engineer

Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes has topped the time sheets after two days of Superbike testing at Phillip Island.

The British rider held onto the top slot from despite warmer conditions on the second day, when only two riders set quicker times.

Sykes’s time of 1 minute 31.648 seconds is the benchmark as the riders now gear up for the opening round of the 2012 FIM Superbike World Championship this coming weekend at the Victorian circuit.

Second place overall went to 2011 champion Carlos Checa (Althea Racing Ducati). The Spaniard set the quickest time of the warmer afternoon session and then packed-up for the rest of the day. Jakub Smrz (Liberty Racing Team Effenbert) was third on another Ducati 1098R, not far off the pace of the top 2, while Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike) was the only other rider to get into the 1 minute 32 seconds bracket.

Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing) showed remarkable consistency as he took the fifth slot, while Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad) failed to improve on day 2 and his time set yesterday was good enough for sixth. Superbike rookie Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Ducati) crashed harmlessly for the fourth time in this test but was impressive enough for seventh, while Leon Camier (Crescent Suzuki) completed the top 8.

After five days of testing – private and official – the Superbike teams and riders will be back in action from Friday for the opening official practice of the season.

TIME SHEET : Phillip Island pre-season Test

Position No. Rider Country Bike Time
1 66 Sykes GBR Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:31.648
2 7 Checa ESP Ducati 1098R 1:31.652
3 96 Smrz CZE Ducati 1098R 1:31.800
4 65 Rea GBR Honda CBR1000RR 1:31.913
5 3 Biaggi ITA Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1:32.034
6 33 Melandri ITA BMW S1000 RR 1:32.232
7 34 Giugliano ITA Ducati 1098R 1:32.319
8 2 Camier GBR Suzuki GSX-R1000 1:32.320
9 50 Guintoli FRA Ducati 1098R 1:32.347
10 91 Haslam GBR BMW S1000 RR 1:32.397
11 17 Lascorz ESP Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:32.540
12 84 Fabrizio ITA BMW S1000 RR 1:32.605
13 59 Canepa ITA Ducati 1098R 1:32.746
14 4 Aoyama JPN Honda CBR1000RR 1:32.910
15 121 Berger FRA Ducati 1098R 1:32.911
16 86 Badovini ITA BMW S1000 RR 1:32.948
17 87 Zanetti ITA Ducati 1098R 1:33.136
18 19 Davies GBR Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1:33.358
19 44 Salom ESP Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:33.385
20 67 Staring AUS Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:33.418
21 25 Brookes AUS Suzuki GSX-R1000 1:33.623
22 18 Aitchison AUS BMW S1000 RR 1:34.169
23 35 De Rosa ITA Honda CBR1000RR 1:34.341


Superbike records at Phillip Island

Fastest Lap: Troy Bayliss (Ducati) 1:31.826 (2007)

Superpole: Carlos Checa (Ducati) 1:30.882 (2011)

Best Lap: Carlos Checa (Ducati) 1:30.826 (2011)


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