2013 WSBK Private Phillip Island Test Day 2 Times: Camier Fastest Amidst Another Crashfest

02/15/2013 @ 10:57 am, by David Emmett3 COMMENTS


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:

12Leon CamierFixi Suzuki1:31.2
250Sylvain GuintoliFactory Aprilia1:
365Jonathan ReaPata Honda1:
433Marco MelandriGoldbet BMW1:
584Michel FabrizioRed Devils Aprilia1:
691Leon HaslamPata Honda1:
734Davide GuiglianoAlthea Aprilia1:
858Eugene LavertyFactory Aprilia1:
919Chaz DaviesGoldbet BMW1:
1086Ayrton BadoviniAlstare Ducati1:
1127Max NeukirchnerMR Ducati1:

Unofficial Times from Days 1 & 2 Combined:

NoRiderTeam/BikeDay 1Day 2Overall
2Leon CamierFixi Suzuki1:31.91:31.21:31.2
50Sylvain GuintoliFactory Aprilia1:32.31:31.31:31.3
65Jonathan ReaPata Honda1:32.01:31.41:31.4
33Marco MelandriGoldbet BMW1:32.21:31.61:31.6
58Eugene LavertyFactory Aprilia1:31.71:32.11:31.7
84Michel FabrizioRed Devils Aprilia1:33.71:31.71:31.7
91Leon HaslamPata Honda1:32.01:31.81:31.8
34Davide GuiglianoAlthea Aprilia1:32.71:31.91:31.9
19Chaz DaviesGoldbet BMW1:33.01:32.11:32.1
86Ayrton BadoviniAlstare Ducati1:32.81:32.21:32.2
16Jules CluzelFixi Suzuki1:32.41:32.4
27Max NeukirchnerMR Ducati1:32.91:32.61:32.6
76Loris BazFactory Kawasaki1:33.21:33.2
66Tom SykesFactory Kawasaki1:34.51:34.5

Unofficial Times Courtesy of Andy Walker & Bikesportnews

Photo: Suzuki Racing

This article was originally published on MotoMatters, and is republished here on Asphalt & Rubber with permission by the author.

  • KK

    why do they test on a friggen course that has just been paved with no rubber layed down…if i was in charge i would have cnacelled the test…. too many crashes in one test… WTF

  • Ken C.

    Carlos Checa was literally full of $hit. Sorry. Potty humor.

    It’s too bad he wasn’t there. I really wanted to see what he could do with the new Panigale.

  • “Sorry. Potty humor.”

    Don’t forget to tip your waitress, folks. ;-)