2013 WSS Official Phillip Island Test Day 2 Times: Lowes Dominates, Kawasakis Follow

Sam Lowes has confirmed his status as favorite to win the 2013 World Supersport title, topping the timesheets on both days of the final official test ahead of this weekend's season opener at Phillip Island. Lowes was fast - the Yakhnich Yamaha man was nearly eight tenths quicker than the pole record held by Joan Lascorz, set back in 2010, and three tenths faster than reigning champion Kenan Sofuoglu. The MAHI Kawasaki man led his teammate Fabien Foret, the two World Supersport veterans looking like posting the strongest threat to Lowes' title chances.

In 4th spot came Michael van der Mark, the young Dutchman making a strong debut on the Pata Honda World Supersport machine. Van der Mark heads up a very tight group, with a quarter of a second separating the Dutchman in 4th and Lowes' Yamaha teammate Vladimir Leonov in 7th, with David Salom on the Kawasaki and Gabor Talmacsi on the Honda sandwiched between them.

Weather conditions were cooler on the second day of the test, though a few spots of rain also threatened the final session for the class. Of greater concern were the tires which Pirelli had brought to Phillip Island for the WSS class: there signs of severe wear on the tires, reminiscent of the problems at the track for the past couple of years, the 2012 race having to be shortened due to fears the tires would not last the distance.

Testing is now concluded, and the start of the season is just days away. On Friday, the WSS riders take to the track for real, when practice starts for the first round of the championship.

Results of testing after day 2:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev.
1 11 Sam Lowes Yamaha YZF R6 1:33.076    
2 54 Kenan Sofuoglu Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:33.384 0.308 0.308
3 99 Fabien Foret Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:33.614 0.538 0.230
4 60 Michael van der Mark Honda CBR600RR 1:33.874 0.798 0.260
5 44 David Salom Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:33.950 0.874 0.076
6 14 Gabor Talmacsi Honda CBR600RR 1:34.048 0.972 0.098
7 65 Vladimir Leonov Yamaha YZF R6 1:34.140 1.064 0.092
8 61 Fabio Menghi Yamaha YZF R6 1:34.258 1.182 0.118
9 55 Massimo Roccoli Yamaha YZF R6 1:34.375 1.299 0.117
10 9 Luca Scassa Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:34.428 1.352 0.053
11 16 Josh Hook Honda CBR600RR 1:34.607 1.531 0.179
12 25 Alex Baldolini Honda CBR600RR 1:34.680 1.604 0.073
13 6 Vladimir Ivanov Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:34.687 1.611 0.007
14 5 Raffaele De Rosa Honda CBR600RR 1:34.708 1.632 0.021
15 12 Kevin Curtain Yamaha YZF R6 1:34.708 1.632 0.000
16 26 Lorenzo Zanetti Honda CBR600RR 1:34.870 1.794 0.162
17 88 Kev Coghlan Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:34.881 1.805 0.011
18 10 Imre Toth Honda CBR600RR 1:34.902 1.826 0.021
19 21 Christian Iddon MV Agusta F3 675 1:34.935 1.859 0.033
20 37 David Linortner Honda CBR600RR 1:34.960 1.884 0.025
21 8 Andrea Antonelli Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:35.064 1.988 0.104
22 91 Roberto Tamburini Suzuki GSX-R600 1:35.101 2.025 0.037
23 4 Jack Kennedy Honda CBR600RR 1:35.184 2.108 0.083
24 35 Mitchell Carr Triumph 675 R 1:35.225 2.149 0.041
25 87 Luca Marconi Honda CBR600RR 1:35.353 2.277 0.128
26 34 Balazs Nemeth Honda CBR600RR 1:35.376 2.300 0.023
27 64 Matt Davies Honda CBR600RR 1:35.429 2.353 0.053
28 59 Alex Schacht Honda CBR600RR 1:35.618 2.542 0.189
29 47 Roberto Rolfo MV Agusta F3 675 1:35.887 2.811 0.269
30 23 Luca Salvadori Yamaha YZF R6 1:35.890 2.814 0.003
31 20 Mathew Scholtz Suzuki GSX-R600 1:36.264 3.188 0.374
32 7 Nacho Calero Perez Honda CBR600RR 1:36.504 3.428 0.240
33 24 Eduard Blokhin Honda CBR600RR 1:39.222 6.146 2.718
34 32 Sheridan Morais Honda CBR600RR 1:39.762 6.686 0.540

 

Phillip Island circuit records

Pole record 2010 Joan Lascorz Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:33.847
Lap record 2011 Fabien Foret Honda CBR600RR 1:34.941

 

WSS overall times after 2 days of testing
Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev.
1 11 Sam Lowes Yamaha YZF R6 1:33.076    
2 54 Kenan Sofuoglu Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:33.384 0.308 0.308
3 99 Fabien Foret Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:33.614 0.538 0.230
4 60 Michael Van der Mark Honda CBR600RR 1:33.874 0.798 0.260
5 44 David Salom Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:33.950 0.874 0.076
6 14 Gabor Talmacsi Honda CBR600RR 1:34.048 0.972 0.098
7 65 Vladimir Leonov Yamaha YZF R6 1:34.140 1.064 0.092
8 61 Fabio Menghi Yamaha YZF R6 1:34.258 1.182 0.118
9 55 Massimo Roccoli Yamaha YZF R6 1:34.375 1.299 0.117
10 9 Luca Scassa Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:34.428 1.352 0.053
11 16 Josh Hook Honda CBR600RR 1:34.607 1.531 0.179
12 25 Alex Baldolini Honda CBR600RR 1:34.680 1.604 0.073
13 6 Vladimir Ivanov Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:34.687 1.611 0.007
14 5 Raffaele De Rosa Honda CBR600RR 1:34.708 1.632 0.021
15 12 Kevin Curtain Yamaha YZF R6 1:34.708 1.632 0.000
16 26 Lorenzo Zanetti Honda CBR600RR 1:34.870 1.794 0.162
17 88 Kev Coghlan Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:34.881 1.805 0.011
18 10 Imre Toth Honda CBR600RR 1:34.902 1.826 0.021
19 21 Christian Iddon MV Agusta F3 675 1:34.935 1.859 0.033
20 37 David Linortner Honda CBR600RR 1:34.960 1.884 0.025
21 8 Andrea Antonelli Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:35.064 1.988 0.104
22 91 Roberto Tamburini Suzuki GSX-R600 1:35.101 2.025 0.037
23 4 Jack Kennedy Honda CBR600RR 1:35.184 2.108 0.083
24 47 Roberto Rolfo MV Agusta F3 675 1:35.213 2.137 0.029
25 35 Mitchell Carr Triumph 675 R 1:35.225 2.149 0.012
26 87 Luca Marconi Honda CBR600RR 1:35.353 2.277 0.128
27 34 Balazs Nemeth Honda CBR600RR 1:35.376 2.300 0.023
28 64 Matt Davies Honda CBR600RR 1:35.429 2.353 0.053
29 59 Alex Schacht Honda CBR600RR 1:35.618 2.542 0.189
30 23 Luca Salvadori Yamaha YZF R6 1:35.890 2.814 0.272
31 20 Mathew Scholtz Suzuki GSX-R600 1:36.264 3.188 0.374
32 32 Sheridan Morais Honda CBR600RR 1:36.304 3.228 0.040
33 73 Dino Lombardi Yamaha YZF R6 1:36.500 3.424 0.196
34 7 Nacho Calero Perez Honda CBR600RR 1:36.504 3.428 0.004
35 24 Eduard Blokhin Honda CBR600RR 1:39.222 6.146 2.718

 

Race Details
2013
Sam Lowes has confirmed his status as favorite to win the 2013 World Supersport title, topping the timesheets on both days of the final official test ahead of this weekend's season opener at Phillip Island. Lowes was fast - the Yakhnich Yamaha man was nearly eight tenths quicker than the pole record held by Joan Lascorz, set back in 2010, and three tenths faster than reigning champion Kenan Sofuoglu. The MAHI Kawasaki man led his teammate Fabien Foret, the two World Supersport veterans looking like posting the strongest threat to Lowes' title chances.In 4th spot came Michael van der Mark, the young Dutchman making a strong debut on the Pata Honda World Supersport machine. Van der Mark heads up a very tight group, with a quarter of a second separating the Dutchman in 4th and Lowes' Yamaha teammate Vladimir Leonov in 7th, with David Salom on the Kawasaki and Gabor Talmacsi on the Honda sandwiched between them.Weather conditions were cooler on the second day of the test, though a few spots of rain also threatened the final session for the class. Of greater concern were the tires which Pirelli had brought to Phillip Island for the WSS class: there signs of severe wear on the tires, reminiscent of the problems at the track for the past couple of years, the 2012 race having to be shortened due to fears the tires would not last the distance.

Comments

Van der Mark

I can't tell you how exciting it is to finally have a Dutchman competing on good machinery, and with a Dutch team no less.

Looking at the whole field this could be one of the tightest WSS championships in years. Can't wait for the weekend!

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