Rea sets pace in Phillip Island WSBK test

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Tuesday 20th February, 2018 - 6:23pm

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Jonathan Rea

Defending Superbike World Champion Jonathan Rea has clocked the fastest lap around Phillip Island after two days of testing ahead of this weekend’s season opener.

Rea achieved a best time of 1:30.598s during this morning’s two-hour hit-out despite crashing his Kawasaki Racing Team ZX-10RR at MG.

The lap was a 0.661s improvement on his Monday efforts, which were confined to the first session after a spill at Turn 11.

Marco Melandri, the only rider of the 22 participants to not improve on Day 2, still ended up second-fastest on combined times, 0.128s slower on his Aruba.it Racing Ducati Panigale R.

Behind them were Tom Sykes on the second factory Kawasaki, Eugene Laverty (Aprilia), and Xavi Fores (Barni Ducati).

Fores and Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha), who ended the test sixth-fastest, both went down on the final day of testing but were unhurt.

Last year’s runner-up Chaz Davies was 11th-fastest on his factory Ducati.

Of the Australian wildcards, Troy Herfoss (Honda) was 16th-fastest, Wayne Maxwell (Yamaha) 19th, and Daniel Falzon (Yamaha) 21st.

This weekend’s Yamaha Finance Australian Round marks the start of new technical regulations aimed at levelling the field out after the dominance of particularly Kawasaki but also Ducati in recent years.

Rev limits for each manufacturer have been determined based on last year’s results, and will be adjusted every three rounds, replacing the air restrictor parity system.

Engine concessions will also be allowed based on performance, with podium-finishing manufacturers accumulating concession points.

During the season, manufacturers with fewer points will be able to introduce new parts.

Round 1 begins with three practice sessions this Friday, followed on Saturday by more practice, qualifying, and the first of two races for the weekend.

Results: Pre-season test, Phillip Island

Pos Num Rider Nat Bike Time/Gap
1 1 J. REA GBR Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1:30.598
2 33 M. MELANDRI ITA Ducati Panigale R +0.128
3 66 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki ZX-10RR +0.206
4 50 E. LAVERTY IRL Aprilia RSV4 RF +0.476
5 12 X. FORES ESP Ducati Panigale R +0.478
6 60 M. VAN DER MARK NED Yamaha YZF R1 +0.533
7 22 A. LOWES GBR Yamaha YZF R1 +0.772
8 2 L. CAMIER GBR Honda CBR1000RR +0.939
9 76 L. BAZ FRA BMW S 1000 RR +0.944
10 32 L. SAVADORI ITA Aprilia RSV4 RF +0.981
11 7 C. DAVIES GBR Ducati Panigale R +1.016
12 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU TUR Kawasaki ZX-10RR +1.224
13 81 J. TORRES ESP MV Agusta 1000 F4 +1.268
14 36 L. MERCADO ARG Kawasaki ZX-10RR +1.471
15 45 J. GAGNE USA Honda CBR1000RR +1.690
16 17 T. HERFOSS AUS Honda CBR1000RR +1.699
17 68 Y. HERNANDEZ COL Kawasaki ZX-10RR +1.855
18 40 R. RAMOS ESP Kawasaki ZX-10RR +1.922
19 47 W. MAXWELL AUS Yamaha YZF R1 +2.053
20 99 P. JACOBSEN USA Honda CBR1000RR +2.065
21 25 D. FALZON AUS Yamaha YZF R1 +2.230
22 37 O. JEZEK CZE Yamaha YZF R1 +2.545

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