The Yakhnich Yamaha squad has laid down a marker for the 2013 World Supersport season, with both Sam Lowes and Vladimir Leonov off to a flying start in Australia. Both Lowes and Leonov lapped under Fabien Foret's race lap record, while Lowes matched the pole record for the Phillip Island circuit, set in 2010 by Joan Lascorz.
Dutchman Michael van der Mark was also off to a strong start, though the Pata Honda Supersport man was four tenths slower on the second day than he was on the first. Given that Thursday was his very first time at the track, Van der Mark is looking like developing into a real threat in the World Supersport championship.
The MV Agustas also made their debut down under, with Roberto Rolfo and Christian Iddon racing the ParkinGO-backed 675 triples. The MV Agusta is already up to speed, despite the newness of the project, and shows signs of being competitive this season.
Whether these times are really fast or not will become apparent from Monday, when the full World Supersport grid assembles at Phillip Island for the official test ahead of the first race. Once reigning world champion Kenan Sofuoglu takes to the track, there will be a real benchmark at Phillip Island.
Unofficial Times from day 2 of the test, courtesy of GPOne:
|3||Michael van der Mark||Honda||1:34.6||0.8||0.4|
|4||Roberto Rolfo||MV Agusta||1:35.4||1.6||0.8|
|5||Christian Iddon||MV Agusta||1:35.6||1.8||0.2|