Carlos Checa Dominates at Phillip Island Test

02/21/2011 @ 10:17 pm, by Victoria ReidComments Off on Carlos Checa Dominates at Phillip Island Test

Carlos Checa was fastest overall, with a lap time of 1:30.578, as the final World Superbike winter test ended Tuesday at Phillip Island. That time was also nearly a half second faster than the existing lap record set by Regis Laconi in 2009, and almost 1.3 sec faster than Troy Corser’s race lap record from 2007. In addition to Checa, Sylvain Guintoli, Jonathan Rea, Jakub Smrz, and Joan Lascorz completed the fastest five. Rea’s time from Tuesday morning kept him third fastest despite a crash at Turn 3 in the afternoon that resulted in an injured hand. No word is available yet on the specifics of his injury.

Checa was fastest overall on Monday followed by multiple Ducatis, all lacking factory support after Ducati’s withdrawal from WSBK last season. Leon Camier only rode Monday afternoon after taking ill, sitting out the other sessions. Also absent was Australian Chris Vermeulen who will not ride until Donington Park, and has been replaced by Akira Yanagawa at the factory Kawasaki team.

Overall Times for 2011 World Superbike Phillip Island Test:

Pos.No.RiderTeamBest Time
1.7Carlos ChecaAlthea Racing1:30.578
2.50Sylvain GuintoliTeam Effenbert-Liberty Racing1:31.196
3.4Jonathan ReaCastrol Honda1:31.206
4.96Jakub SmrzTeam Effenbert-Liberty Racing1:31.654
5.17Joan LascorzPaul Bird Kawasaki Racing1:31.866
6.3Max BiaggiAprilia Alitalia Racing Team1:31.870
7.84Michel FabrizioTeam Suzuki Alstare1:32.113
8.33Marco MelandriYamaha WSBK Team1:32.122
9.58Eugene LavertyYamaha WSBK Team1:32.137
10.66Tom SykesPaul Bird Kawasaki Racing1:32.272
11.41Noriyuki HagaPATA Racing Aprilia1:32.299
12.12Josh WatersYoshimura Suzuki1:32.394
13.111Ruben XausCastrol Honda1:32.405
14.91Leon HaslamBMW Motorrad Motorsport1:32.413
15.52James ToselandBMW Motorrad Italia SBK1:32.880
16.11Troy CorserBMW Motorrad Motorsport1:32.994
17.86Aryton BadoviniBMW Motorrad Italia SBK1:33.233
18.67Bryan StaringTeam Pedercini1:33.398
19.6Arika YanagawaPaul Bird Kawasaki Racing1:33.432
20.121Maxime BergerSupersonic Racing1:33.485
21.44Roberto RolfoTeam Pedercini1:33.514
22.8Mark AitchisonTeam Pedercini1:33.721

However, simple fastest lap times do not always give the full story of a test session. One way to see how a rider might do over the entire season is to see how consistent he is through a test. As first introduced after the Infront Motor Sports test at Portimao, here at A&R we use the overall rankings over the course of the sessions to show which riders were most consistently quicker than their competitors.

Session Rankings for February 21-22 Test at Phillip Island:

RiderMon #1Mon #2Tues #1Tues #2
Tier 1
Carlos Checa6th1st1st1st
Sylvain Guintoli1st2nd2nd2nd
Jakub Smrz3rd3rd4th4th
Jonathan Rea2nd8th3rd3rd
Tier 2
Michel Fabrizio4th5th6th7th
Joan Lascorz5th11th5th5th
Marco Melandri7th7th7th8th
Max Biaggino time4th11th6th
Tier 3
Tom Sykes9th6th9th10th
Eugene Laverty12th10th8th9th
Leon Haslam8th9th14th14th
Noriyuki Haga15th16th10th11th
Josh Waters11th12th12th12th
Ruben Xaus13th13th13th13th
Tier 4
Troy Corser10th14th15th16th
James Toseland14th17th16th15th
Maxime Berger17th18th18th20th
Ayrton Badovini18th20th17th17th
Tier 5
Roberto Rolfo16th21st19th21st
Bryan Staring19th19th20th18th
Mark Aitchison21st22nd21st22nd
Akira Yanagawa20th23rd22nd19th
Leon Camierno time15thno timeno time

Despite the different angle of rankings, it is still difficult to tell just how the season will shake out. With just days before the first round, again at Phillip Island, one thing is abundantly clear: even without factory support the Ducatis are quick and Checa is ready to lead the way. Racing begins in earnest this weekend.

Source: WorldSBK & SPEED TV Australia; Photo: Althea Racing

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