|6||A. Baldolini||MV Agusta||10||-15|
|7||G. Rea||MV Agusta||9||-16|
Phillip Island, Australia
World Superbike race two would be like every other race so far, a close-fought battle with thrills and spills.
Tom Sykes hit the apex at turn one first, with his teammate Jonathan Rea right behind him. Davide Giugliano, Michael van der Mark and Alex Lowes followed. Rea and Sykes swapped back and forth on the first lap and Lowes pushed to fourth place, before drifting off line at Lukey Heights and dropping back to fifteenth place.
The World Supersport race would be 18 laps of the tyre-chewing Phillip Island circuit.
PJ Jacobsen led into turn one, followed by Jules Cluzel, charging though from eighth place on the grid, and kenan Sofuoglu. Sofuoglu quickly took second place then first. Further back, Lorenzo Zanetti had a tank slapper and clipped Anthony West, but both riders stayed upright and heading in the right direction.
Press releases from the teams after qualifying for World Supersport and Race 1 of World Superbikes from Phillip Island:
WorldSBK 2016: This Is War
Rea reigns as another battle breaks out on the Island
Jonathan Rea has kicked off his title defence with an incredible last lap victory over Ducati rider Chaz Davies, the Kawasaki rider pulling a move around the outside to beat Davies over the line by 0.063 seconds.
|3||M. Van Der Mark||Honda||16||-9|
|7||L. Camier||MV Agusta||9||-16|
The first ever World Superbike race held on a Saturday would be twenty two one-and-a-half minute laps of Phillip Island in Australia, the fiftieth race held on this track.
The Kawasakis of Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes took to the front ahead of Chaz Davies, Michael van der Mark and Davide Giugliano. Alex Lowes, Nicky Hayden and Sylvain Guintoli were on the back of them, becoming an eight bike group after dropping Lorenzo Savadori off the back.
World Supersport gets its first Superpole qualifying, with seventeen riders taking part in the first session.
Australian Anthony West, usually known for his wet weather skill, was the first rider to take the top spot, with a 1'34.526. Federico Caricasulo knocked him down a place the lap after. Much like the Superbike sessions, everyone pitted in midway to change tyres, but unlike the big bikes, riders still huddled together for warmth on track, tripping each other up looking for a tow.
Superpole one had thirteen of the slower fourteen riders taking part, missing only Toprak Razgatlioglu who broke his leg in his FP2 crash.
Alex Lowes set an early fast lap of 1'31.452 on his new Yamaha YZF-R1 and beat it the lap after with a 1'30.976, over a second quicker than Jordi Torres in second place, before everyone came in to change tyres.
Xavi Fores took second place from Torres, but Torres took it back almost immediately. Josh Brookes was fourth quickest and hit traffic on his last lap and was unable to improve.
Kenan Sofuoglu was over seven tenths quicker than Randy Krummenacher and a second quicker than Jules Cluzel. Kevin Wahr and Kyle Ryde both crashed out in different incidents, limiting the number of laps they could record.
Reigning champion Jonathan Rea was quickest in the untimed session before Superpole, with Chaz Davies under two tenths slower. Michael van der Mark, Tom Sykes and Nicky Hayden were all within four tenths of the quickest time. Both Alex De Angelis and Mike Jones were referred to the medical centre after separate crashes. Sylvain Guintoli set out, but didn't record a complete lap.