WSBK: Checa Fastest at First Day of Phillip Island Testing

02/20/2011 @ 11:29 pm, by Victoria Reid1 COMMENT

Carlos Checa was fastest overall during World Superbike testing Monday at Phillip Island, nearly a second faster than anyone else during the dry running in the afternoon. Monday was a quick day for Ducatis, as Sylvain Guintoli led the morning session and was second fastest overall, while Jakub Smrz was third fastest of the day. Reigning champion Max Biaggi was fourth fastest, with Michel Fabrizio fifth overall. Notably absent was Christopher Vermeulen who will not ride during the test or his home race this weekend, and has been replaced by Akira Yanagawa at the factory Kawasaki team.

Guintoli’s fastest time in the morning was marred by a crash after the checkered flag, while Rea, Smrz, Fabrizio, and Lascorz completed the fastest five in the changeable conditions. Both Biaggi and Leon Camier sat out the morning session, the factory Aprilia team citing the damp conditions for remaining in the garage. Times in the afternoon dropped quickly at the end of the session on the dry track, and were the fastest of the day for the entire field. Testing continues Tuesday.

Combined Times for Phillip Island Test, Monday:

Pos.No.RiderTeamBest TimeLaps
1. 7Carlos ChecaAlthea Racing1:31.38398
2. 50Sylvain GuintoliTeam Effenbert-Liberty Racing1:32.30385
3. 96Jakub SmrzTeam Effenbert-Liberty Racing1:32.31692
4. 1Max BiaggiAprilia Alitalia Racing Team1:32.38338
5. 84Michel FabrizioTeam Suzuki Alstare1:32.453112
6. 66Tom SykesPaul Bird Kawasaki Racing1:32.46679
7. 33Marco MelandriYamaha WSBK Team1:32.47497
8. 4Jonathan ReaCastrol Honda1:32.53281
9. 91Leon HaslamBMW Motorrad Motorsport1:32.57892
10. 58Eugene LavertyYamaha WSBK Team1:32.60096
11. 17Joan LascorzPaul Bird Kawasaki Racing1:32.940102
12. 12Josh WatersYoshimura Suzuki1:33.140103
13. 111Ruben XausCastrol Honda1:33.16584
14. 11Troy CorserBMW Motorrad Motorsport1:33.25581
15. 91Leon CamierAprilia Alitalia Racing Team1:33.56029
16. 41Noriyuki HagaPATA Racing Aprilia1:33.78677
17. 52James ToselandBMW Motorrad Italia SBK1:33.82998
18. 121Maxime BergerSupersonic Racing1:33.909102
19. 67Bryan StaringTeam Pedercini1:34.04778
20. 86Ayrton BadoviniBMW Motorrad Italia SBK1:34.68681
21. 44Roberto RolfoTeam Pedercini1:34.82184
22.8Mark AitchisonTeam Pedercini1:35.30665
23.6Akira YanagawaPaul Bird Kawasaki Racing1:35.47072

Source: WSBK; Photo: Althea Racing

  • DuxBros

    Okay, I’m not the only one thinking this so I’m just gonna say it…using bikes with probably little or no factory updates three privateer Ducs are on top, obviously still competitive with other 2011 factory bikes. So Ducati, talk Bayliss out of retirement and get your arses back in WSBK!