2017 Phillip Island WSBK Test, Day 2: Rea, Jacobsen Fastest

Jonathan Rea has topped the final World Superbike test of the 2017 preseason, a few days before the season kicks off in earnest at Phillip Island. The reigning champion was fastest in the morning session, though he had to cede top spot to Marco Melandri in the afternoon. But the Kawasaki man had gone fast enough in the morning to just edge the Ducati of Melandri, and end the test as fastest overall.

Chaz Davies was third fastest, three tenths off the time of his Ducati teammate Melandri, but still ahead of the Kawasaki if Tom Sykes. Xavi Fores made it three Ducatis in the top five, while Leon Camier put the MV Agusta into 6th place, in what is a promising start to the 2017 season.

The MV Agusta topped the timesheets in the World Supersport class, PJ Jacobsen taking a big lead over Roby Rolfo. The American led the Italian - also aboard an MV Agusta 675 - in the morning, but Rolfo was unable to improve his time, suffering a crash towards the end of the morning session, colliding with Gino Rea. Jules Cluzel put the Honda into third spot, just ahead of the two Yamahas of Lucas Mahias and Federico Caricasulo. Kenan Sofuoglu rode, but was forced to withdraw from the two opening rounds of World Supersport after a hand injury proved to be causing him too much pain.

World Superbike times:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev Session
1 1 Jonathan Rea Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:30.545     FP1
2 33 Marco Melandri Ducati Panigale R 1:30.575 0.030 0.030 FP2
3 7 Chaz Davies Ducati Panigale R 1:30.893 0.348 0.318 FP2
4 66 Tom Sykes Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:31.044 0.499 0.151 FP1
5 12 Xavi Forés Ducati Panigale R 1:31.226 0.681 0.182 FP1
6 2 Leon Camier MV Agusta 1000 F4 1:31.293 0.748 0.067 FP2
7 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia RSV4 RF 1:31.449 0.904 0.156 FP2
8 22 Alex Lowes Yamaha YZF R1 1:31.629 1.084 0.180 FP2
9 81 Jordi Torres BMW S 1000 RR 1:31.673 1.128 0.044 FP1
10 88 Randy Krummenacher Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:31.783 1.238 0.110 FP2
11 15 Alex De Angelis Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:31.794 1.249 0.011 FP1
12 50 Eugene Laverty Aprilia RSV4 RF 1:31.881 1.336 0.087 FP1
13 60 Michael van der Mark Yamaha YZF R1 1:31.936 1.391 0.055 FP2
14 69 Nicky Hayden Honda CBR1000RR 1:31.952 1.407 0.016 FP1
15 21 Markus Reiterberger BMW S 1000 RR 1:32.071 1.526 0.119 FP1
16 40 Roman Ramos Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:32.205 1.660 0.134 FP1
17 25 Josh Brookes Yamaha YZF R1 1:32.396 1.851 0.191 FP2
18 84 Riccardo Russo Yamaha YZF R1 1:32.771 2.226 0.375 FP1
19 6 Stefan Bradl Honda CBR1000RR 1:32.796 2.251 0.025 FP1
20 37 Ondrej Jezek Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:32.856 2.311 0.060 FP2
21 86 Ayrton Badovini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:33.139 2.594 0.283 FP1

World Supersport times:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev Session
1 99 PJ Jacobsen MV Agusta F3 675 1:33.688     FP1
2 44 Roberto Rolfo MV Agusta F3 675 1:34.188 0.500 0.500 FP1
3 16 Jules Cluzel Honda CBR600RR 1:34.272 0.584 0.084 FP1
4 144 Lucas Mahias Yamaha YZF R6 1:34.461 0.773 0.189 FP1
5 64 Federico Caricasulo Yamaha YZF R6 1:34.480 0.792 0.019 FP1
6 81 Luke Stapleford Triumph Daytona 675 1:34.854 1.166 0.374 FP2
7 1 Kenan Sofuoglu Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:34.865 1.177 0.011 FP1
8 25 Alex Baldolini MV Agusta F3 675 1:34.925 1.237 0.060 FP1
9 66 Niki Tuuli Yamaha YZF R6 1:34.950 1.262 0.025 FP1
10 78 Hikari Okubo Honda CBR600RR 1:35.049 1.361 0.099 FP1
11 4 Gino Rea Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:35.068 1.380 0.019 FP1
12 63 Zulfahmi Khairuddin Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:35.106 1.418 0.038 FP1
13 77 Kyle Ryde Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:35.129 1.441 0.023 FP1
14 41 Aidan Wagner Honda CBR600RR 1:35.135 1.447 0.006 FP1
15 13 Ant West Yamaha YZF R6 1:35.153 1.465 0.018 FP2
16 111 Kyle Smith Honda CBR600RR 1:35.159 1.471 0.006 FP2
17 26 Kazuki Watanabe Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:35.209 1.521 0.050 FP2
18 65 Michele Canducci Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:35.270 1.582 0.061 FP2
19 10 Nacho Calero Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:35.296 1.608 0.026 FP1
20 11 Christian Gamarino Honda CBR600RR 1:35.313 1.625 0.017 FP2
21 83 Lachlan Epis Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:35.656 1.968 0.343 FP1
22 70 Robin Mulhauser Honda CBR600RR 1:35.745 2.057 0.089 FP1
23 35 Stefan Hill Triumph Daytona 675 1:36.108 2.420 0.363 FP2
24 32 Sheridan Morais Yamaha YZF R6 1:37.399 3.711 1.291 FP1
25 7 Davide Pizzoli MV Agusta F3 675 1:38.991 5.303 1.592 FP2
26 22 Matt Edwards Triumph Daytona 675 1:42.409 8.721 3.418 FP2

 

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To me, a person who came of motorcycling age in the Ago/MV era, seeing an American rider in an MV Agusta at the top of the charts is odd. But very nice. 

When we compare the difference between motogp times and WKSB times on phillip island it feels a kind of emberassing to see how much extra cost is needed to go just half a second faster. And I think circumstances of motogp might have been a lot better (more dry tracktime).

Motogp engine will be faster... so it has to come down to that electronics and chassis doesn't make that kind of difference. Or... maybe tires?

Maybe motogp has a lot of work testing an setting up and times where not representing full potential

I don't know where you are getting your time from but they are off quite a bit. The quickest WSBS time 1:30.545 Johnny Rea vs the slowest Motogp time 1:30.452 Karel Abraham.  These times are close. But if you compare Vinales to Rea-there is over 2 seconds difference.

WSBK and Motogp are worlds apart in terms of the speeds of the top bikes and the top riders. It takes money to race. The 2.5 seconds difference between a prototype bike and a production bike costs. The Avintia Kawasaki CRT bikes showed the huge gap between a heavily modified Ninja ZX10 and a Motogp prototype.

 

 

I made a mistake, I looked in the wrong motogp timetable. Maybe that of the first day of motogp testing.... The difference of 2 seconds is fully understandable and as to be expected indeed

Small Difference?

Rea’s time would have been last in the MotoGP test, behind Karel Abraham’s 1:30.452.  He would have been 2 seconds behind Maverick's 1:28.549

 

Interesting times. We will see what happens over this weekend. FP1 will be top fun i'm sure. Qualifying gunna be awesome

Saturday's race 1 start of a brand new season. Yeeha!!!

Lokeend, talking about the cost difference between racing categories. I think we know there is a massive difference in cost between "one" WSBK motorcycle and one MotoGp bike. the difference in lap times is not as big as delta $. Difference in top speed a bit better. I'm sure David could give us some specific mumbers here.

Befor I started road racing I thought about the cost of doing club days, state title rounds etc. 250 production was the cheapest. so that's where I started.

Good luck to everyone at the races this weekend. Best of luck to the Aussies.