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 Notably absent was Christopher Vermeulen who will not ride during the test or his home race this weekend, and has been replaced by Akira Yanagawa at the factory Kawasaki team.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. Rider Team Best Time Laps
1. 7 Carlos Checa Althea Racing 1:31.383 98
2. 50 Sylvain Guintoli Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing 1:32.303 85
3. 96 Jakub Smrz Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing 1:32.316 92
4. 1 Max Biaggi Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team 1:32.383 38
5. 84 Michel Fabrizio Team Suzuki Alstare 1:32.453 112
6. 66 Tom Sykes Paul Bird Kawasaki Racing 1:32.466 79
7. 33 Marco Melandri Yamaha WSBK Team 1:32.474 97
8. 4 Jonathan Rea Castrol Honda 1:32.532 81
9. 91 Leon Haslam BMW Motorrad Motorsport 1:32.578 92
10. 58 Eugene Laverty Yamaha WSBK Team 1:32.600 96
11. 17 Joan Lascorz Paul Bird Kawasaki Racing 1:32.940 102
12. 12 Josh Waters Yoshimura Suzuki 1:33.140 103
13. 111 Ruben Xaus Castrol Honda 1:33.165 84
14. 11 Troy Corser BMW Motorrad Motorsport 1:33.255 81
15. 91 Leon Camier Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team 1:33.560 29
16. 41 Noriyuki Haga PATA Racing Aprilia 1:33.786 77
17. 52 James Toseland BMW Motorrad Italia SBK 1:33.829 98
18. 121 Maxime Berger Supersonic Racing 1:33.909 102
19. 67 Bryan Staring Team Pedercini 1:34.047 78
20. 86 Ayrton Badovini BMW Motorrad Italia SBK 1:34.686 81
21. 44 Roberto Rolfo Team Pedercini 1:34.821 84
22. 8 Mark Aitchison Team Pedercini 1:35.306 65
23. 6 Akira Yanagawa Paul Bird Kawasaki Racing 1:35.470 72

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!