Phillip Island, Australia
Press releases issued after the final World Superbike test at Phillip Island before the start of the 2016 season this weekend:
WorldSBK: Rea Rules On Day 2 But Sykes Tops Test
Honours split between Kawasaki pair on first and final days of Phillip Island testing
Jonathan Rea leads the field after an incident-packed second day of testing for the World Superbike class at Phillip Island. Warmer weather and intense testing saw several riders take some serious tumbles, with a couple of riders suffering significant injury. Fabio Menghi fell and fractured a hip in the morning, while Josh Hook crashed in the afternoon and dislocated his shoulder, and fracturing his greater tubercle (top of the bone in the upper arm). The crashes and subsequent clean up meant that much of the afternoon session was lost, as marshals tried to clear the track.
Kenan Sofuoglu has taken the World Supersport class by the scruff of the neck again, the reigning world champion dominating both morning and afternoon sessions of practice to pull out a lead of over two thirds of a second over the rest of the field. The MV Agustas showed solid pace on the second day, Lorenzo Zanetti setting a time in the afternoon to beat the lap set by teammate Jules Cluzel in the morning.
With the World Superbike season almost upon us, the WSBK grid is at Phillip Island for two days of testing, ahead of the first event of the year which starts this weekend. Rain disrupted practice for WSBK, just as it had for MotoGP last week, though the consequences were less severe. The rain and track conditions saw a few people fall - some, such as Karel Abraham, quite hard - but everyone will be fit to start testing again tomorrow.
After the MotoGP teams had departed the paddock at Phillip Island, the World Supersport and World Superbike teams took their place, for a two day test ahead of the WSBK season opener this coming weekend. The unsettled weather which had plagued MotoGP hung around in diminished form for the WSBK field, scattering occasional showers on the Island, though only briefly.
Preview press releases for the final World Superbike test at Phillip Island:
Final Official Tests Set To Start For KRT
KRT, Kawasaki’s FIM Superbike World Championship squad, will face two final days of preseason testing on the all-new Ninja ZX-10R at Phillip Island in Australia before the season itself gets underway this coming weekend.
What did we learn from the Phillip Island MotoGP test? We learned that the rule changes for 2016, new electronics and Michelin tires, have made learning anything from testing very difficult. To borrow a phrase from Donald Rumsfeld, we learned that there are still plenty of known unknowns, and even more unknown unknowns. The most interesting thing to come out of the test is that a few of the unknown unknowns turned into known unknowns.
Press releases after the final day of testing at Phillip Island:
Repsol Honda Team conclude a productive test at Phillip Island
MotoGP’s three-day Australian pre-season test ended today at Phillip Island, with Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa in first and seventh places, respectively. It was a very productive test for the Repsol Honda Team, which made further progress on the new unified software and collected much valuable information on tyres and bike settings. This data will be valuable as the HRC engineers return to Japan and continue their work.