2013 WSBK Official Phillip Island Test Day 2 Times: Checa Takes Charge From Title Candidates

Carlos Checa has removed any lingering doubts about the competitiveness of the Ducati Panigale 1199R, after controlling the second and final day of testing for the World Superbike class at Phillip Island, and ending the test as fastest overall. The Spaniard started the day fast, and ended the day fast, maintaining a strong pace throughout.

Checa was fastest in both wet - or rather, damp - conditions and in the dry. The second day of testing started out with a damp track, a number of riders choosing to stay in the pits instead of risking uncertain conditions on the newly resurfaced track, but the track soon dried out, and conditions improved greatly in the afternoon. Behind Checa, Marco Melandri took 2nd slot, the Italian finding a little more pace than on the first day. The BMW rider led a very close group, with just over a tenth of a second separating Melandri in 2nd from Pata Honda's Jonathan Rea in 5th. Kawasaki's Tom Sykes demonstrated that he will not be slowed too much by a cracked radius, grabbing 3rd slot, while Michel Fabrizio was the fastest of the Aprilia riders, putting the privateer Red Devils Roma RSV4 into 4th slot. The other Aprilia men occupied places 7 through 9, with just a few hundredths separating Davide Giugliano, Sylvain Guintoli and Eugene Laverty.

The Suzukis were not as fast as they had been on Monday. Leon Camier, fastest on day 1, was six tenths slower on the FIXI Crescent Suzuki on Tuesday, ending the test in 10th, though still 4th fastest overall on the two days of the test. Jules Cluzel, still banged up from the private test late last week, highsided in the final corner on Tuesday, though he walked away unhurt.

In addition to testing the bikes, the teams got a workout too. With just a single bike, and the scrapping of race restarts, the WSBK men now have to come in to the pits and change wheels and tires if it rains. Several teams practiced their pit stops, testing out modified components - mainly borrowed from the World Endurance Championship - to assist in the fast changes of wheels and brakes. How that works out on a race weekend remains to be seen: it must be feared that riders will choose to stay out on the track on unsuitable tires, rather than risk losing time and coming in to change tires, which could lead to potentially dangerous situations. The wisdom or otherwise of the new rules - made to ensure that the races can take place inside of the scheduled TV broadcast window, and do not overrun - will only be demonstrated in practice.

Official results after day 2 of the WSBK test at Phillip Island:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev.
1 7 Carlos Checa Ducati Panigale 1199R 1:31.059    
2 33 Marco Melandri BMW S1000 RR 1:31.237 0.178 0.178
3 66 Tom Sykes Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:31.261 0.202 0.024
4 84 Michel Fabrizio Aprilia RSV4 1000 1:31.350 0.291 0.089
5 65 Jonathan Rea Honda CBR1000RR 1:31.356 0.297 0.006
6 91 Leon Haslam Honda CBR1000RR 1:31.549 0.490 0.193
7 34 Davide Giugliano Aprilia RSV4 1000 1:31.640 0.581 0.091
8 50 Sylvain Guintoli Aprilia RSV4 1000 1:31.658 0.599 0.018
9 58 Eugene Laverty Aprilia RSV4 1000 1:31.712 0.653 0.054
10 2 Leon Camier Suzuki GSX-R1000 1:31.814 0.755 0.102
11 16 Jules Cluzel Suzuki GSX-R1000 1:32.044 0.985 0.230
12 19 Chaz Davies BMW S1000 RR 1:32.102 1.043 0.058
13 14 Glen Allerton BMW S1000 RR 1:32.159 1.100 0.057
14 21 Jamie Stauffer Honda CBR1000RR 1:32.255 1.196 0.096
15 76 Loris Baz Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:32.625 1.566 0.370
16 31 Vittorio Iannuzzo BMW S1000 RR 1:32.880 1.821 0.255
17 23 Federico Sandi Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:32.964 1.905 0.084
18 18 Ivan Clementi BMW S1000 RR 1:33.293 2.234 0.329
19 5 Alexander Lundh Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:33.447 2.388 0.154
20 86 Ayrton Badovini Ducati Panigale 1199R 1:33.686 2.627 0.239

 

Official WSBK lap records at Phillip Island

Pole record 2011 Carlos Checa Ducati 1098 R 1:30.882
Lap record 2012 Max Biaggi Aprilia RSV4 1000 1:31.785

 

WSBK overall times after 2 days of testing
Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev.
1 7 Carlos Checa Ducati Panigale 1199R 1:31.059    
2 33 Marco Melandri BMW S1000 RR 1:31.237 0.178 0.178
3 2 Leon Camier Suzuki GSX-R1000 1:31.243 0.184 0.006
4 66 Tom Sykes Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:31.261 0.202 0.018
5 84 Michel Fabrizio Aprilia RSV4 1000 1:31.350 0.291 0.089
6 65 Jonathan Rea Honda CBR1000RR 1:31.356 0.297 0.006
7 91 Leon Haslam Honda CBR1000RR 1:31.396 0.337 0.040
8 58 Eugene Laverty Aprilia RSV4 1000 1:31.452 0.393 0.056
9 34 Davide Giugliano Aprilia RSV4 1000 1:31.640 0.581 0.188
10 50 Sylvain Guintoli Aprilia RSV4 1000 1:31.658 0.599 0.018
11 16 Jules Cluzel Suzuki GSX-R1000 1:32.044 0.985 0.386
12 19 Chaz Davies BMW S1000 RR 1:32.077 1.018 0.033
13 14 Glen Allerton BMW S1000 RR 1:32.159 1.100 0.082
14 21 Jamie Stauffer Honda CBR1000RR 1:32.231 1.172 0.072
15 76 Loris Baz Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:32.625 1.566 0.394
16 18 Ivan Clementi BMW S1000 RR 1:32.789 1.730 0.164
17 31 Vittorio Iannuzzo BMW S1000 RR 1:32.880 1.821 0.091
18 23 Federico Sandi Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:32.964 1.905 0.084
19 5 Alexander Lundh Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:33.447 2.388 0.483
20 27 Max Neukirchner Ducati Panigale 1199R 1:33.541 2.482 0.094
21 86 Ayrton Badovini Ducati Panigale 1199R 1:33.686 2.627 0.145

 

Race Details
2013
Carlos Checa has removed any lingering doubts about the competitiveness of the Ducati Panigale 1199R, after controlling the second and final day of testing for the World Superbike class at Phillip Island, and ending the test as fastest overall. The Spaniard started the day fast, and ended the day fast, maintaining a strong pace throughout.Checa was fastest in both wet - or rather, damp - conditions and in the dry. The second day of testing started out with a damp track, a number of riders choosing to stay in the pits instead of risking uncertain conditions on the newly resurfaced track, but the track soon dried out, and conditions improved greatly in the afternoon. Behind Checa, Marco Melandri took 2nd slot, the Italian finding a little more pace than on the first day. The BMW rider led a very close group, with just over a tenth of a second separating Melandri in 2nd from Pata Honda's Jonathan Rea in 5th. Kawasaki's Tom Sykes demonstrated that he will not be slowed too much by a cracked radius, grabbing 3rd slot, while Michel Fabrizio was the fastest of the Aprilia riders, putting the privateer Red Devils Roma RSV4 into 4th slot. The other Aprilia men occupied places 7 through 9, with just a few hundredths separating Davide Giugliano, Sylvain Guintoli and Eugene Laverty.

Comments

Panigale

Checa seems to have brought something to the show.... The Ducatis at opposite ends of the table is an almost Stoneresque situation. Is it the bike/team or the rider?
Melandri has the pace but is his shoulder a race/season-ending problem?
I can hardly wait for the qualifying/races.

Total votes: 16

Badovini

Badovini had a big crash on the private test that can explain his somewhat modest pace today.

Total votes: 12

cubes, not rubik, not ice

re: "Checa seems to have brought something to the show.... "

laymen would have you think it's extra displacement. i say look at that still long engine, ss swingarm, and preziosi's ne-er-do-well monocoque go...!!!

Total votes: 13

Maybe Badovini and

Maybe Badovini and Neukirchner just aren't top-flight riders. Although it doesn't look as if Neukirchner posted a time for day 2? It's nice to see 6 different manufacturers in the top 6 positions.

Total votes: 8

Neukirchner crashed in turn

Neukirchner crashed in turn 12 early yesterday and was thought to have suffered a broken rib/back injuries, but he is still undergoing checks and that in Melbourne (will hopefully be ok for the weekend though). So he only posted 10 laps in the entire test. Badovini also crashed and was thought to have suffered similar injuries last week, but was cleared as ok. He didn't post a time on Monday from memory though. So the other 2 Ducati riders apart from Checa are a bit battered and bruised, which would probably explain them being at the bottom of the time sheets!

Total votes: 10

Checa

Glad Checa was able to recover from that bug that sent him to the hospital. And quick out the box. It seems age has made the blade sharper for him. He seems to be riding the best I have ever seen him ride.

Seems Leon Camier went slower today than the time he set before, hoping that is just down to testing parts. The Hondas and Aprilias seem to be a little behind, but that seems to be the story with them every year, when it comes down to the racing I be they will be up there.

Total votes: 12

Ducati

Someone's gotta be heaving a sigh of relief back in Borgo Panigale that at least they seem to be competitive in WSBK this season! I wonder too if this is a Stoner type situation where only Checa can go fast on the thing? Certainly better than nothing but a Ducati fan would hope that the bike's good enough to be competitive under other pilots as well. Bring on the season!!!

Total votes: 9

Great stuff

I'm impressed with Checa, its not just the machine, he's a great superbike rider, you only had to see him in 2011, he was perfect. Really pleased that this bike looks like it will be in with a shout after last year's weight penalty.

Very nice chap too.

Soooo looking forward to Sunday, even if we do have to up up half the night to see it live!

Total votes: 7

Online Stream

Speaking of watching the race on SUnday, does anyone know a good site to stream the races from? Don't have Eurosport and Im pretty sure thats the only place to watch it in the UK

Total votes: 9

game over man... GAME OVER...!!!

the good site was speed TV on your local cable provider and now it's gone.

Total votes: 13

The world is a funny place sometimes...

Al Jazeera to broadcast WSBK in the U.S.?

http://superbikeplanet.com/2013/Feb/130219d.htm

Total votes: 17

me bizarro

re: "The world is a funny place sometimes... Al Jazeera to broadcast WSBK in the U.S.?"

more like a bizarro world sometimes. good job guys, we've devalued ourselves to the point where were now looking to a perhaps controversial tv network (who may or may or not show anything) that only broadcasts to like a half dozen markets in the united states tops. still not sure if this isn't a joke...!?

Total votes: 12

I don't know...

"still not sure if this isn't a joke...!?"

It very well could be, I really don't know. It hard to imagine a more outlandish story... Al Gore selling a network to Al Jazeera... that's pretty out there. Truth stranger than fiction and all that maybe?

Edit: I just did a quick google search, and does appear to be legit, at least the part about Al Gore selling to Al Jazeera.

Total votes: 12

It really doesn't seem that

It really doesn't seem that crazy to me. If, indeed, the network is based in Qatar, you will not find a bigger bunch of motorcycle gearheads in the Middle East than the folks in Qatar. They not only host the MotoGP round, they have their own Superbike series, host rounds of the Asian road racing series, hosted a round of the World Endurance motorcycle series, and residents of that nation have ridden - successfully - in international endurance races as well as fielded their own team.

Total votes: 21

Ducati conundrum

New track surface or no, Checa's best time is half a second faster than the best Ducati motoGp bike race lap from last year.. on a bike with all the 'suspect' features in regards to both engine and chassis design, without carbon brakes, without Bridgestone tyres.

Total votes: 18

Bridgestone

There are quite a few people that blame the Bridgestone tyres for the necissity to use a frame similar to what everybody else uses.

Total votes: 11

Panigale and Suzuki

As one commenter on crash.net (i know, i know) said in regard to the Suzuki's performance, Phillip Island is a very fast and flowing track, where the engine is not as important. This can also be seen in WSS/Moto2 times, which are closer to their respective bigger classes than on many other tracks. While Ducati's and Suzuki's performance is promising, it's not sure that they will be as competitive on tracks with more stop and go corners.

Total votes: 8

WSB in USA? YES!!!!!

Great news for those in the US, BeIn Sports IS carrying the WSB season. From what I can glean from the schedule, it looks like all 3 races will be live (this week, at least). It's just one 4.5hr block, starting Saturday evening. Also, there is a 30min 2013 season preview on tonight. I was able to add the channel to my DirecTV package for 12.99/mo, first 3mo free. If you have the premium package, you're already good to go. Only downside I can see so far is no reruns are on the schedule now. Oh, and Speed...good riddance & please go f*%# yourself at your earliest possible convenience!

Total votes: 14

Excellent

That is awesome news, frankenhippi! Having seen some of the dogsh*t that Speed is showing these days, it really is criminal that they dropped WSB. And if BeIn Sports are showing live races, so much the better.

Total votes: 11

Re: Also, there is a 30min 2013 season preview on tonight.

Re: Also, there is a 30min 2013 season preview on tonight. I also have Directv, I watched the supposed preview and although it said in the program info that it was World Superbike 2013 season preview, all that was on was ESPN News. Not one single thing related to any motorcycles, let alone motorcycle racing. Totally bummed out. Hopefully they will actually air what the program info says (WSBK racing) this weekend. You know what they say- Wish in one hand and s##t in the other... see which one fills up faster...

Total votes: 2

?2013 "preview"

You didn't miss anything! About 20 of the 22 minutes were 2012 highlites. Pretty much a waste of 1/2hr.

Total votes: 10

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