The second day of the private test for the World Superbike teams at Phillip Island went very much as the first day did: with fast times, and a lot of crashes. The new surface was to blame for both: Leon Camier got half a second under the race lap record, but the on/off grip levels of the track saw him, and almost every one else, flung off their bikes at one point or another.
Camier ended the day fastest, the engine updates on his FIXI Crescent Suzuki improving the machine considerably, along with electronic updates for the bike. Sylvain Guintoli – the man Suzuki originally signed alongside Camier, but who jumped ship for the factory Aprilia ride – was 2nd, a tenth off the pace of Camier, proving that the Aprilia RSV4 still a potent weapon.
Johnny Rea put the Pata Honda into 3rd, with work continuing on ironing out the wrinkles with the HRC electronics, with both Rea and Haslam pleased with the progress made, though still aware of the task ahead. Marco Melandri was the fastest BMW man, though the Italian was wary of pushing too hard for fear of crashing, and adding further damage to his painful shoulder. Melandri did put in a long run on used tires, running a consistent string of laps around the 1’32 mark, a solid race pace.
The list of crashers was long. After setting the fastest time, Leon Camier completely destroyed his Suzuki, crashing at the high-speed final corner. His bike managed to somersault the barrier, suffering much damage in the process. It has been an expensive two days for the Crescent Suzuki squad, team manager Paul Denning joking after the first day that it had already cost them 50,000 pounds in crash parts.
Camier walked away unhurt, but there was less luck for Ayrton Badovini. The Alstare Ducati man highsided nastily over Lukey Heights, and had to be evacuated to a local hospital by helicopter. Examination there found that the rib which doctors had feared was broken was fine, and Badovini had escaped relatively unscathed.
Badovini joined Carlos Checa in the hospital, though, Checa was not there through injury, but rather thanks to a blocked intestine, a condition serious enough to be treated in hospital for, forcing the Spaniard to miss both days of the test. Checa is recovering very well, and both he and Badovini are expected to ride early next week, once the official test resumes.
Checa was not the only rider to miss the test. Suzuki’s Jules Cluzel had chosen not to ride, after a crash on the first day of testing opened an old wound, for which he had minor surgery to fix. Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes sat out the second day, after fracturing his radius in an early crash on the first day, and Loris Baz also skipped the second day, still suffering back pain after crashing on Thursday.
Unofficial Times from the 2013 World Superbike Private Test at Phillip Island — Day 2:
|1||2||Leon Camier||Fixi Suzuki||1:31.2|
|2||50||Sylvain Guintoli||Factory Aprilia||1:31.3||0.1||0.1|
|3||65||Jonathan Rea||Pata Honda||1:31.4||0.2||0.1|
|4||33||Marco Melandri||Goldbet BMW||1:31.6||0.4||0.2|
|5||84||Michel Fabrizio||Red Devils Aprilia||1:31.7||0.5||0.1|
|6||91||Leon Haslam||Pata Honda||1:31.8||0.6||0.1|
|7||34||Davide Guigliano||Althea Aprilia||1:31.9||0.7||0.1|
|8||58||Eugene Laverty||Factory Aprilia||1:32.1||0.9||0.2|
|9||19||Chaz Davies||Goldbet BMW||1:32.1||0.9||0.0|
|10||86||Ayrton Badovini||Alstare Ducati||1:32.2||1.0||0.1|
|11||27||Max Neukirchner||MR Ducati||1:32.6||1.4||0.4|
Unofficial Times from Days 1 & 2 Combined:
|No||Rider||Team/Bike||Day 1||Day 2||Overall|
|2||Leon Camier||Fixi Suzuki||1:31.9||1:31.2||1:31.2|
|50||Sylvain Guintoli||Factory Aprilia||1:32.3||1:31.3||1:31.3|
|65||Jonathan Rea||Pata Honda||1:32.0||1:31.4||1:31.4|
|33||Marco Melandri||Goldbet BMW||1:32.2||1:31.6||1:31.6|
|58||Eugene Laverty||Factory Aprilia||1:31.7||1:32.1||1:31.7|
|84||Michel Fabrizio||Red Devils Aprilia||1:33.7||1:31.7||1:31.7|
|91||Leon Haslam||Pata Honda||1:32.0||1:31.8||1:31.8|
|34||Davide Guigliano||Althea Aprilia||1:32.7||1:31.9||1:31.9|
|19||Chaz Davies||Goldbet BMW||1:33.0||1:32.1||1:32.1|
|86||Ayrton Badovini||Alstare Ducati||1:32.8||1:32.2||1:32.2|
|16||Jules Cluzel||Fixi Suzuki||1:32.4||1:32.4|
|27||Max Neukirchner||MR Ducati||1:32.9||1:32.6||1:32.6|
|76||Loris Baz||Factory Kawasaki||1:33.2||1:33.2|
|66||Tom Sykes||Factory Kawasaki||1:34.5||1:34.5|
Photo: Suzuki Racing
This article was originally published on MotoMatters, and is republished here on Asphalt & Rubber with permission by the author.