2015 Phillip Island Test Day 2 WSBK Times: Lowes Maintains His Grip

Times:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 22 A. Lowes Suzuki GSX-R1000 1:30.859    
2 65 J. Rea Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:30.880 0.021 0.021
3 81 J. Torres Aprilia RSV4 RF 1:30.971 0.112 0.091
4 66 T. Sykes Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:31.075 0.216 0.104
5 91 L. Haslam Aprilia RSV4 RF 1:31.102 0.243 0.027
6 7 C. Davies Ducati Panigale R 1:31.296 0.437 0.194
7 44 D. Salom Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:31.510 0.651 0.214
8 18 N. Terol Ducati Panigale R 1:31.593 0.734 0.083
9 60 M. van der Mark Honda CBR1000RR SP 1:31.854 0.995 0.261
10 59 N. Canepa EBR 1190 RX 1:32.002 1.143 0.148
11 1 S. Guintoli Honda CBR1000RR SP 1:32.220 1.361 0.218
12 2 L. Camier MV Agusta 1000 F4 1:32.238 1.379 0.018
13 36 L. Mercado Ducati Panigale R 1:32.239 1.380 0.001
14 20 S. Barrier BMW S1000 RR 1:32.268 1.409 0.029
15 15 M. Baiocco Ducati Panigale R 1:32.430 1.571 0.162
16 14 R. De Puniet Suzuki GSX-R1000 1:33.137 2.278 0.707
17 40 R. Ramos Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:33.349 2.490 0.212
18 12 M. Walters Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:33.354 2.495 0.005
19 77 J. Metcher Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:33.570 2.711 0.216
20 51 S. Barragán Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:34.104 3.245 0.534
21 72 L. Pegram EBR 1190 RX 1:34.274 3.415 0.170
22 23 C. Ponsson Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:34.966 4.107 0.692
23 75 G. Rizmayer BMW S1000 RR 1:35.351 4.492 0.385
24 10 I. Toth BMW S1000 RR 1:36.112 5.253 0.761
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@Seven4nineR This is, what, De Puniet's third test on the bike? Let's give him a minute before we start comparing his times to the guy who has a full season on the same bike. Additionally, it was a similar situation for Lowes at this test last year and I think we can agree that a retirement in race one, 13th in race two, and 11th in the championship is not what we wished for him.

David's recent reminder rings all too clear:

The Suzukis made a very strong impression both at the first test and the first race, Eugene Laverty winning one race and being unlucky not to get a podium in the second, and Alex Lowes showed promise despite a broken foot. But come the next race at Aragon, the Suzukis were much further back again. They would not have another weekend as strong as at Phillip Island all year.

Sadly, I think it is going to be a long season for the Honda and Suzuki-mounted riders. But I hope I'm wrong.

Source:
https://motomatters.com/analysis/2015/02/15/wsbk_starts_two_day_test_at_...

https://motomatters.com/results/2014/02/18/2014_world_superbikes_phillip...

That RdP had a heavy crash yesterday. Highsiding at turn 11, no less. He's presumably hurting a fair bit and consequently a bit off the pace today. I'm thinking he should go well, though. Once he gets his head around the finer points of the GSX-R in World Superbike trim. He has a few days to rest his sore bits before battle commences on Friday.

Funny how fast people forget.

They are racing this weekend, it would be stupid for rdp to go balls to the wall after hurting himself and risk wrecking the first round for his team. Race day is just around the corner.

Well, I should have read these results before responding on the results of the first day. Canepa has taken that 1190RX another big step forward! Only 1,1 seconds down on top spot, very impressive. That bike seems to be a whole lot quicker than it appeared last year. Must have gained some horsepower too, I guess.

1) Canepa is the highest level rider, talent-wise, that's been on the EBR. That was proven when ol' Pegram came in & scored points at Laguna whereas Yates & May couldn't sniff 15th all season.

2) doesn't look like Canepa is using the perimeter brake setup now. Thats EBR's proprietary, notoriously bad braking system, which is widely criticized in racing circles.

To your first point, that's indeed what I meant when I said that the EBR seems to be a lot quicker than it appeared to be last year, when Aaron Yates and Geoff May were riding it. See my comment under the first day results. (Maybe I should have written 'appears to be quicker than it seemed to be'.)

About your second point, I did not know that. That may very well help too, yes. In 2008 I've ridden the (in concept very similar) Buell 1125R on a racetrack and the behaviour under braking was the really weak point, especially what happened when you were releasing the brake during corner entry. It was difficult to keep the bike on the intended line. Part of the problem may also have been the throttle-based back-torque limiter, which kept idle rpm (so to speak) very high under braking. The handling was amazingly good though, very light and still neutral and stable. So the chassis seems to have real potential to me.

Nice to see it so tight at the top and with good variety of machinery (and a big shame Giugliano won't be there as he's been very fast too. Hopefully they can find a suitable replacement for the weekend *cough, cough, Bayliss, cough cough*). Super impressed with Torres and Canepa and even Terol.
Is there any word on tires this year, especially for WSS, as the forecast for raceday is currently a sunny 32 degrees C. Would hate to see the Australian crowd ripped off again with short races.

So Troy the Boy is indeed going to take Giugliano's bike for the weekend... well called NM : )

I remember you from Motorsportforums, I was The Phantom there (and here for a while but that id fell over many years back). Pat posts here too...

Wow Torres! Third on his first outing? Keep it on 2 wheels buddy, you have made your mark. Holy smokes!

Re Giugliano
Bummer he is out. Hospital assessment = two low back vertebrae fractures. Dr Costa assessment = "the facial hair too much Biaggi, try to hard for mustache is problem to crashing."
;)