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Phillip Island WorldSBK Test – Day 2: Rea Finishes on Top

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Jonathan Rea has topped the final World Superbike test of the 2017 preseason, a few days before the season kicks off in earnest at Phillip Island.

The reigning champion was fastest in the morning session, though he had to cede top spot to Marco Melandri in the afternoon. But the Kawasaki man had gone fast enough in the morning to just edge the Ducati of Melandri, and end the test as fastest overall.

Chaz Davies was third fastest, three tenths off the time of his Ducati teammate Melandri, but still ahead of the Kawasaki if Tom Sykes. Xavi Fores made it three Ducatis in the top five, while Leon Camier put the MV Agusta into 6th place, in what is a promising start to the 2017 season.







The MV Agusta topped the timesheets in the World Supersport class, PJ Jacobsen taking a big lead over Roby Rolfo. The American led the Italian – also aboard an MV Agusta 675 – in the morning, but Rolfo was unable to improve his time, suffering a crash towards the end of the morning session, colliding with Gino Rea.

Jules Cluzel put the Honda into third spot, just ahead of the two Yamahas of Lucas Mahias and Federico Caricasulo. Kenan Sofuoglu rode, but was forced to withdraw from the two opening rounds of World Supersport after a hand injury proved to be causing him too much pain.

World Superbike times:







Pos Rider Bike Time Diff Prev Session
1 Jonathan Rea Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:30.545 FP1
2 Marco Melandri Ducati Panigale R 1:30.575 0.030 0.030 FP2
3 Chaz Davies Ducati Panigale R 1:30.893 0.348 0.318 FP2
4 Tom Sykes Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:31.044 0.499 0.151 FP1
5 Xavi Forés Ducati Panigale R 1:31.226 0.681 0.182 FP1
6 Leon Camier MV Agusta 1000 F4 1:31.293 0.748 0.067 FP2
7 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia RSV4 RF 1:31.449 0.904 0.156 FP2
8 Alex Lowes Yamaha YZF R1 1:31.629 1.084 0.180 FP2
9 Jordi Torres BMW S 1000 RR 1:31.673 1.128 0.044 FP1
10 Randy Krummenacher Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:31.783 1.238 0.110 FP2
11 Alex De Angelis Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:31.794 1.249 0.011 FP1
12 Eugene Laverty Aprilia RSV4 RF 1:31.881 1.336 0.087 FP1
13 Michael van der Mark Yamaha YZF R1 1:31.936 1.391 0.055 FP2
14 Nicky Hayden Honda CBR1000RR 1:31.952 1.407 0.016 FP1
15 Markus Reiterberger BMW S 1000 RR 1:32.071 1.526 0.119 FP1
16 Roman Ramos Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:32.205 1.660 0.134 FP1
17 Josh Brookes Yamaha YZF R1 1:32.396 1.851 0.191 FP2
18 Riccardo Russo Yamaha YZF R1 1:32.771 2.226 0.375 FP1
19 Stefan Bradl Honda CBR1000RR 1:32.796 2.251 0.025 FP1
20 Ondrej Jezek Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:32.856 2.311 0.060 FP2
21 Ayrton Badovini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:33.139 2.594 0.283 FP1

World Supersport times:

Pos Rider Bike Time Diff Prev Session
1 PJ Jacobsen MV Agusta F3 675 1:33.688 FP1
2 Roberto Rolfo MV Agusta F3 675 1:34.188 0.500 0.500 FP1
3 Jules Cluzel Honda CBR600RR 1:34.272 0.584 0.084 FP1
4 Lucas Mahias Yamaha YZF R6 1:34.461 0.773 0.189 FP1
5 Federico Caricasulo Yamaha YZF R6 1:34.480 0.792 0.019 FP1
6 Luke Stapleford Triumph Daytona 675 1:34.854 1.166 0.374 FP2
7 Kenan Sofuoglu Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:34.865 1.177 0.011 FP1
8 Alex Baldolini MV Agusta F3 675 1:34.925 1.237 0.060 FP1
9 Niki Tuuli Yamaha YZF R6 1:34.950 1.262 0.025 FP1
10 Hikari Okubo Honda CBR600RR 1:35.049 1.361 0.099 FP1
11 Gino Rea Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:35.068 1.380 0.019 FP1
12 Zulfahmi Khairuddin Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:35.106 1.418 0.038 FP1
13 Kyle Ryde Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:35.129 1.441 0.023 FP1
14 Aidan Wagner Honda CBR600RR 1:35.135 1.447 0.006 FP1
15 Ant West Yamaha YZF R6 1:35.153 1.465 0.018 FP2
16 Kyle Smith Honda CBR600RR 1:35.159 1.471 0.006 FP2
17 Kazuki Watanabe Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:35.209 1.521 0.050 FP2
18 Michele Canducci Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:35.270 1.582 0.061 FP2
19 Nacho Calero Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:35.296 1.608 0.026 FP1
20 Christian Gamarino Honda CBR600RR 1:35.313 1.625 0.017 FP2
21 Lachlan Epis Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:35.656 1.968 0.343 FP1
22 Robin Mulhauser Honda CBR600RR 1:35.745 2.057 0.089 FP1
23 Stefan Hill Triumph Daytona 675 1:36.108 2.420 0.363 FP2
24 Sheridan Morais Yamaha YZF R6 1:37.399 3.711 1.291 FP1
25 Davide Pizzoli MV Agusta F3 675 1:38.991 5.303 1.592 FP2
26 Matt Edwards Triumph Daytona 675 1:42.409 8.721 3.418 FP2

Source: WorldSBK

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







David Emmett

One of MotoGP's most respected journalists, David Emmett is the proprietor of the esteemed MotoMatters. We are very grateful to republish David's work here on A&R...though dread the day we ever again get in a car with him.

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