2016 Phillip Island World Superbike Test Day 1: Hondas Chase Down Kawasakis as Sykes Leads

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.

With the start of the season so close, most of the work being done was on set up for the weekend, and it was once again the Kawasakis who came out on top, especially during the afternoon session. Tom Sykes ended up on top of the timesheets, much to the delight of the Kawasaki man, who has historically not fared well at the circuit. Sykes finished nearly two tenths ahead of his teammate, reigning world champion Jonathan Rea, a result which pleased him. In response to questions about Rea's statements at the Kawasaki launch that the bike had been built around Sykes, the Yorkshireman seized the opportunity to take a jab back, calling Rea's words 'a cheap comment'. 

Third fastest was Dutchman Michael van der Mark, the Ten Kate Honda rider traditionally strong in Australia. Van der Mark was fastest in the morning, but could not better his pace in the afternoon, ending the day four tenths behind Sykes. Jordi Torres grabbed fourth spot, the Spaniard making a successful transition from Aprilia to BMW, while Nicky Hayden had a strong start to his World Superbike career with the fifth fastest time overall, and fourth in the afternoon.

The brand new Yamaha R1 showed immediate signs of being competitive on its debut, Sylvain Guintoli and Alex Lowes ending the day in sixth and seventh, half a second off the pace of Sykes, and with plenty of room for improvement. Xavi Fores ended the day as the fastest of the Ducatis, the Spaniard making a very strong debut in World Superbikes after his years in the German IDM championship, ending ahead of the two factory bikes of Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano.

Overall, the tightness of the field showed promise, the top ten separated by just seven tenths of a second, while the gap from Van der Mark in third to Davies in ninth is less than two tenths. The combined times are shown at the top of the page, with the times from the two separate sessions in the morning and afternoon underneath.

Testing continues on Tuesday, before the riders get a couple of days off ahead of the season opener. 

Combined times:

Pos No Rider Bike TIme Diff Prev Session
1 66 T. Sykes Kawasaki ZX-10R 1.31.097     FP2
2 1 J. Rea Kawasaki ZX-10R 1.31.293 0.196 0.196 FP2
3 60 M. Van Der Mark Honda CBR1000RR SP 1.31.510 0.413 0.217 FP1
4 81 J. Torres BMW S1000 RR 1.31.526 0.429 0.016 FP2
5 69 N. Hayden Honda CBR1000RR SP 1.31.558 0.461 0.032 FP2
6 50 S. Guintoli Yamaha YZF R1 1.31.583 0.486 0.025 FP2
7 22 A. Lowes Yamaha YZF R1 1.31.620 0.523 0.037 FP2
8 12 X. Fores Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1.31.661 0.564 0.041 FP2
9 7 C. Davies Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1.31.678 0.581 0.017 FP2
10 34 D. Giugliano Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1.31.810 0.713 0.132 FP2
11 21 M. Reiterberger BMW S1000 RR 1.31.928 0.831 0.118 FP2
12 40 R. Ramos Kawasaki ZX-10R 1.32.500 1.403 0.572 FP2
13 2 L. Camier MV Agusta 1000 F4 1.32.707 1.610 0.207 FP2
14 25 J. Brookes BMW S1000 RR 1.32.714 1.617 0.007 FP1
15 32 L. Savadori Aprilia RSV4 1000 RR/RF 1.32.892 1.795 0.178 FP2
16 46 M. Jones Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1.33.051 1.954 0.159 FP2
17 20 S. Barrier Kawasaki ZX-10R 1.33.147 2.050 0.096 FP2
18 61 F. Menghi Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1.33.251 2.154 0.104 FP2
19 16 J. Hook Kawasaki ZX-10R 1.33.792 2.695 0.541 FP2
20 15 A. De Angelis Aprilia RSV4 1000 F 1.33.979 2.882 0.187 FP1
21 17 K. Abraham BMW S1000 RR 1.34.706 3.609 0.727 FP1
22 9 D. Schmitter Kawasaki ZX-10R 1.35.640 4.543 0.934 FP2
23 11 S. Al Sulaiti Kawasaki ZX-10R 1.36.121 5.024 0.481 FP2
24 10 I. Toth Yamaha YZF R1 1.36.463 5.366 0.342 FP2
25 56 P. Sebestyen Yamaha YZF R1 1.37.927 6.830 1.464 FP2

FP1 times:

Pos No Rider Bike TIme Diff Prev
1 60 M. Van Der Mark Honda CBR1000RR SP 1.31.510    
2 12 X. Fores Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1.31.795 0.285 0.285
3 1 J. Rea Kawasaki ZX-10R 1.31.945 0.435 0.150
4 7 C. Davies Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1.32.186 0.676 0.241
5 66 T. Sykes Kawasaki ZX-10R 1.32.284 0.774 0.098
6 81 J. Torres BMW S1000 RR 1.32.308 0.798 0.024
7 50 S. Guintoli Yamaha YZF R1 1.32.540 1.030 0.232
8 34 D. Giugliano Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1.32.606 1.096 0.066
9 25 J. Brookes BMW S1000 RR 1.32.714 1.204 0.108
10 22 A. Lowes Yamaha YZF R1 1.32.802 1.292 0.088
11 69 N. Hayden Honda CBR1000RR SP 1.32.952 1.442 0.150
12 40 R. Ramos Kawasaki ZX-10R 1.33.325 1.815 0.373
13 21 M. Reiterberger BMW S1000 RR 1.33.353 1.843 0.028
14 20 S. Barrier Kawasaki ZX-10R 1.33.598 2.088 0.245
15 15 A. De Angelis Aprilia RSV4 1000 F 1.33.979 2.469 0.381
16 2 L. Camier MV Agusta 1000 F4 1.34.127 2.617 0.148
17 17 K. Abraham BMW S1000 RR 1.34.706 3.196 0.579
18 32 L. Savadori Aprilia RSV4 1000 F 1.34.731 3.221 0.025
19 61 F. Menghi Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1.35.639 4.129 0.908
20 16 J. Hook Kawasaki ZX-10R 1.35.839 4.329 0.200
21 46 M. Jones Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1.37.277 5.767 1.438
22 10 I. Toth Yamaha YZF R1 1.37.483 5.973 0.206
23 9 D. Schmitter Kawasaki ZX-10R 1.38.001 6.491 0.518
24 11 S. Al Sulaiti Kawasaki ZX-10R 1.38.099 6.589 0.098
25 56 P. Sebestyen Yamaha YZF R1 1.38.925 7.415 0.826

FP2 times:

Pos No Rider Bike TIme Diff Prev
1 66 T. Sykes Kawasaki ZX-10R 1.31.097    
2 1 J. Rea Kawasaki ZX-10R 1.31.293 0.196 0.196
3 81 J. Torres BMW S1000 RR 1.31.526 0.016 0.233
4 69 N. Hayden Honda CBR1000RR SP 1.31.558 0.048 0.032
5 50 S. Guintoli Yamaha YZF R1 1.31.583 0.073 0.025
6 22 A. Lowes Yamaha YZF R1 1.31.620 0.110 0.037
7 12 X. Fores Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1.31.661 0.151 0.041
8 7 C. Davies Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1.31.678 0.168 0.017
9 60 M. Van Der Mark Honda CBR1000RR SP 1.31.763 0.253 0.085
10 34 D. Giugliano Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1.31.810 0.300 0.047
11 21 M. Reiterberger BMW S1000 RR 1.31.928 0.418 0.118
12 40 R. Ramos Kawasaki ZX-10R 1.32.500 0.990 0.572
13 2 L. Camier MV Agusta 1000 F4 1.32.707 1.197 0.207
14 25 J. Brookes BMW S1000 RR 1.32.859 1.349 0.152
15 32 L. Savadori Aprilia RSV4 1000 RR/RF 1.32.892 1.382 0.033
16 46 M. Jones Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1.33.051 1.541 0.159
17 20 S. Barrier Kawasaki ZX-10R 1.33.147 1.637 0.096
18 61 F. Menghi Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1.33.251 1.741 0.104
19 16 J. Hook Kawasaki ZX-10R 1.33.792 2.282 0.541
20 15 A. De Angelis Aprilia RSV4 1000 RR/RF 1.35.161 3.651 1.369
21 9 D. Schmitter Kawasaki ZX-10R 1.35.640 4.130 0.479
22 11 S. Al Sulaiti Kawasaki ZX-10R 1.36.121 4.611 0.481
23 10 I. Toth Yamaha YZF R1 1.36.463 4.953 0.342
24 56 P. Sebestyen Yamaha YZF R1 1.37.927 6.417 1.464

 

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Finally, some 2 wheel racing to wipe away the winter cobwebs.

Here's hoping that #69 has a good season and, at minimum, gets a few podiums!

Total votes: 36

Again, the times could get them on the motogp grid,is it just the time of year or the tyres, looks like Josh Brookes might take a few races to get up to speed, looks like the top ten will be going hammer and tong all season with a good mix of brands. Is there any free to air TV coverage for the first race at Phillip Is. Dont have foxtel, the bastards have tied everything up.

Total votes: 28

You can't even use the WSBK website live streaming like you can for MotoGP, you have to wait 7 days before you can watch the races. After using the MotoGP Videopass for the last two seasons and enjoying it I was going to pay for the WSBK but no way am I waiting a week, back to the torrents for WSBK I go.

Total votes: 15

I'm really looking forward to WSBK this year (especially after all the squabbling and pettiness in MotoGP at the end of last year). Let's see, Rea/Sykes/Davies doing battle again. Nicky Hayden in the mix. Yamaha back in the game. Van Der Mark and Torres looking to be like up-and-comers. Hoping Giugliano is a little more careful but just as exciting as ever ;-)

Yep. I'm ready to go.

Total votes: 41