2013 WSS Official Phillip Island Test Day 1 Times: Lowes Leads Strong Yamaha Showing

It has been a good day for the Yamahas on the first day of the official World Supersport and World Superbike test at Phillip Island. The Yakhnich Yamaha squad got off to a strong start, with Sam Lowes topping the timesheets, and his teammate Vladimir Leonov in 3rd, just over a third of a second behind. Despite missing most of the first session of testing due to what the team described as a "technical problem", the young Englishman led the second session, setting a time just a tenth of a second off Joan Lascorz' pole record at the iconic Australian circuit.

Reigning champion Kenan Sofuoglu ended the day in 2nd, two tentsh behind Lowes, and just ahead of Lowes' teammate Leonov. Former 125cc world champion Gabor Talmacsi was the fastest of the Hondas, the Hungarian lapping just under half a second off the pace of Lowes, and two tenths of Dutch rookie Michael van der Mark, the Pata Honda rider posting impressive times on his first visit to the Island. Fabien Foret took 6th fastest, while Aussie wildcard Josh Hook impressed with the 7th fastest time, and the last man to get within a second of Lowes.

Conditions at the newly resurfaced circuit were good, though the riders were troubled by a strong winds all day, a regular problem at Phillip Island. Testing continues tomorrow, ahead of the first round of racing for 2013 this weekend.

Official times, via GPOne.com:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev.
1 11 Sam Lowes Yamaha YZF R6 1:33.950    
2 54 Kenan Sofuoglu Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:34.155 0.205 0.205
3 65 Vladimir Leonov Yamaha YZF R6 1:34.307 0.357 0.152
4 14 Gabor Talmacsi Honda CBR600RR 1:34.436 0.486 0.129
5 60 Michael van der Mark Honda CBR600RR 1:34.642 0.692 0.206
6 99 Fabien Foret Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:34.764 0.814 0.122
7 16 Josh Hook Honda CBR600RR 1:34.832 0.882 0.068
8 55 Massimo Roccoli Yamaha YZF R6 1:35.056 1.106 0.224
9 47 Roberto Rolfo MV Agusta F3 675 1:35.213 1.263 0.157
10 44 David Salom Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:35.291 1.341 0.078
11 61 Fabio Menghi Yamaha YZF R6 1:35.320 1.370 0.029
12 25 Alex Baldolini Honda CBR600RR 1:35.504 1.554 0.184
13 21 Christian Iddon MV Agusta F3 675 1:35.585 1.635 0.081
14 12 Kevin Curtain Yamaha YZF R6 1:35.780 1.830 0.195
15 10 Imre Toth Honda CBR600RR 1:35.814 1.864 0.034
16 37 David Linortner Honda CBR600RR 1:35.833 1.883 0.019
17 88 Kev Coghlan Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:35.848 1.898 0.015
18 5 Raffaele De Rosa Honda CBR600RR 1:35.984 2.034 0.136
19 9 Luca Scassa Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:36.054 2.104 0.070
20 35 Mitchell Carr Triumph 675 R 1:36.112 2.162 0.058
21 6 Vladimir Ivanov Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:36.152 2.202 0.040
22 26 Lorenzo Zanetti Honda CBR600RR 1:36.221 2.271 0.069
23 34 Balazs Nemeth Honda CBR600RR 1:36.273 2.323 0.052
24 32 Sheridan Morais Honda CBR600RR 1:36.304 2.354 0.031
25 91 Roberto Tamburini Suzuki GSX-R600 1:36.313 2.363 0.009
26 4 Jack Kennedy Honda CBR600RR 1:36.476 2.526 0.163
27 8 Andrea Antonelli Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:36.491 2.541 0.015
28 73 Dino Lombardi Yamaha YZF R6 1:36.500 2.550 0.009
29 23 Luca Salvadori Yamaha YZF R6 1:36.581 2.631 0.081
30 87 Luca Marconi Honda CBR600RR 1:36.635 2.685 0.054
31 20 Mathew Scholtz Suzuki GSX-R600 1:36.682 2.732 0.047
32 64 Matt Davies Honda CBR600RR 1:37.313 3.363 0.631
33 7 Nacho Calero Perez Honda CBR600RR 1:37.486 3.536 0.173
34 59 Alex Schacht Honda CBR600RR 1:37.880 3.930 0.394
35 24 Eduard Blokhin Honda CBR600RR 1:39.896 5.946 2.016

Lap records:

Pole record 2010 Joan Lascorz Ducati 1098 R 1:33.847
Lap record 2011 Fabien Foret Aprilia RSV4 1000 1:34.941

 

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2013
It has been a good day for the Yamahas on the first day of the official World Supersport and World Superbike test at Phillip Island. The Yakhnich Yamaha squad got off to a strong start, with Sam Lowes topping the timesheets, and his teammate Vladimir Leonov in 3rd, just over a third of a second behind. Despite missing most of the first session of testing due to what the team described as a "technical problem", the young Englishman led the second session, setting a time just a tenth of a second off Joan Lascorz' pole record at the iconic Australian circuit.Reigning champion Kenan Sofuoglu ended the day in 2nd, two tentsh behind Lowes, and just ahead of Lowes' teammate Leonov. Former 125cc world champion Gabor Talmacsi was the fastest of the Hondas, the Hungarian lapping just under half a second off the pace of Lowes, and two tenths of Dutch rookie Michael van der Mark, the Pata Honda rider posting impressive times on his first visit to the Island. Fabien Foret took 6th fastest, while Aussie wildcard Josh Hook impressed with the 7th fastest time, and the last man to get within a second of Lowes.Conditions at the newly resurfaced circuit were good, though the riders were troubled by a strong winds all day, a regular problem at Phillip Island. Testing continues tomorrow, ahead of the first round of racing for 2013 this weekend.

Comments

how is it that several of the

how is it that several of the supersport riders are lapping at about the same laptimes as the lap and pole records set a couple of years ago by superbikes ? am i missing something ?

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848's

Please excuse the possibly ignorant question, why no 848's in WSS? Are they at a disadvantage with current rules, just plain old not competitive, or excluded? Thanks folks.

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