Marco Melandri has struck the first blow on the opening day of a two-day test for the WorldSBK class at Phillip Island. The Aruba.it Ducati rider was over a third of a second quicker than second place man Tom Sykes on the factory Kawasaki. In turn, Sykes was two tenths faster than his teammate, reigning WorldSBK champion Jonathan Rea.
The Kawasaki men both suffered crashes at Turn 11, with Rea having a very large highside which persuaded him to skip the second session on Monday afternoon. His time in the first session was good enough to keep his third place.
Leon Camier made a very solid debut on the Red Bull Honda, the Englishman ending eight tenths behind Melandri on Monday. The Red Bull Honda team are sticking with Cosworth electronics for the opening two rounds, while American PJ Jacobsen starts the development of the Magneti Marelli, which the Red Bull riders will take over once the WorldSBK paddock returns to Europe.
Michael van der Mark was the first Yamaha rider in fifth, nine tenths slower than Melandri, and Xavi Fores was the second man home on a Ducati Panigale, the Barni Racing Team rider the last man to get within a second of the test leader.
Times at the end of Monday:
|1||33||Marco Melandri||Ducati Panigale R||SBK||1:30.726|
|2||66||Tom Sykes||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||SBK||1:31.067||0.341||0.341|
|3||1||Jonathan Rea||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||SBK||1:31.259||0.533||0.192|
|4||2||Leon Camier||Honda CBR1000RR||SBK||1:31.554||0.828||0.295|
|5||60||Michael van der Mark||Yamaha YZF R1||SBK||1:31.682||0.956||0.128|
|6||12||Xavi Fores||Ducati Panigale R||SBK||1:31.706||0.980||0.024|
|7||50||Eugene Laverty||Aprilia RSV4 RF||SBK||1:31.873||1.147||0.167|
|8||22||Alex Lowes||Yamaha YZF R1||SBK||1:31.914||1.188||0.041|
|9||81||Jordi Torres||MV Agusta 1000 F4||SBK||1:31.946||1.220||0.032|
|10||7||Chaz Davies||Ducati Panigale R||SBK||1:32.054||1.328||0.108|
|11||76||Loris Baz||BMW S 1000 RR||SBK||1:32.157||1.431||0.103|
|12||32||Lorenzo Savadori||Aprilia RSV4 RF||SBK||1:32.451||1.725||0.294|
|13||54||Toprak Razgatlioglu||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||SBK||1:32.750||2.024||0.299|
|14||40||Román Ramos||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||SBK||1:32.801||2.075||0.051|
|15||36||Leandro Mercado||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||SBK||1:33.058||2.332||0.257|
|16||47||Wayne Maxwell||Yamaha YZF R1||SBK||1:33.180||2.454||0.122|
|17||45||Jake Gagne||Honda CBR1000RR||SBK||1:33.290||2.564||0.110|
|18||37||Ondrej Jezek||Yamaha YZF R1||SBK||1:33.298||2.572||0.008|
|19||68||Yonny Hernandez||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||SBK||1:33.535||2.809||0.237|
|20||17||Troy Herfoss||Honda CBR1000RR||SBK||1:33.652||2.926||0.117|
|21||25||Daniel Falzon||Yamaha YZF R1||SBK||1:34.069||3.343||0.417|
|22||99||Patrick Jacobsen||Honda CBR1000RR||SBK||1:34.410||3.684||0.341|