2018 Phillip Island World Supersport Monday Test Times: Yamahas Dominate On Opening Day Of Test

Lucas Mahias got his WorldSSP title defense off to a strong start in Phillip Island, topping the first day of testing ahead of this weekend's season opener at the Australian track. Despite strong winds blowing down the Gardner Straight and making life difficult in both the first and final sectors of the track, Mahias ended up a couple of hundredths ahead of his teammate, Federico Caricasulo.

Luke Stapleford took third place on the Triumph 675, holding off a strong challenge from Sandro Cortese on the Kallio Racing Yamaha R6, the German having switched from Moto2 for the 2018 season. Kenan Sofuoglu took fifth spot.

The risk of the final test being so close to the first race weekend was demonstrated by Andrew Irwin. The Northern Irishman suffered a big crash on the Honda CBR600RR, breaking his hand in the process, and ruling himself out of Sunday's race.

Times after two sessions of testing on Monday:

Pos No Rider Bike Class Time Diff Prev
1 144 Lucas Mahias Yamaha YZF R6 SSP 1:34.088    
2 64 Federico Caricasulo Yamaha YZF R6 SSP 1:34.109 0.021 0.021
3 81 Luke Stapleford Triumph Daytona 675 SSP 1:34.410 0.322 0.301
4 11 Sandro Cortese Yamaha YZF R6 SSP 1:34.447 0.359 0.037
5 54 Kenan Sofuoglu Kawasaki ZX-6R SSP 1:34.565 0.477 0.118
6 16 Jules Cluzel Yamaha YZF R6 SSP 1:34.703 0.615 0.138
7 21 Randy Krummenacher Yamaha YZF R6 SSP 1:34.844 0.756 0.141
8 13 Anthony West Kawasaki ZX-6R SSP 1:34.956 0.868 0.112
9 3 Raffaele De Rosa MV Agusta F4 RC SSP 1:35.011 0.923 0.055
10 86 Ayrton Badovini MV Agusta F4 RC SSP 1:35.031 0.943 0.020
11 111 Kyle Smith Honda CBR600RR SSP 1:35.074 0.986 0.043
12 94 Mike Di Meglio Yamaha YZF R6 SSP 1:35.115 1.027 0.041
13 66 Niki Tuuli Honda CBR600RR SSP 1:35.311 1.223 0.196
14 78 Hikari Okubo Kawasaki ZX-6R SSP 1:35.397 1.309 0.086
15 65 Michael Canducci Kawasaki ZX-6R SSP 1:35.655 1.567 0.258
16 35 Stefan Hill Triumph Daytona 675 SSP 1:36.152 2.064 0.497
17 36 Thomas Gradinger Yamaha YZF R6 SSP 1:36.197 2.109 0.045
18 74 Jaimie van Sikkelerus Honda CBR600RR SSP 1:36.215 2.127 0.018
19 7 Tom Toparis Kawasaki ZX-6R SSP 1:36.318 2.230 0.103
20 10 Nacho Calero Kawasaki ZX-6R SSP 1:36.413 2.325 0.095
21 84 Loris Cresson Yamaha YZF R6 SSP 1:36.491 2.403 0.078
22 38 Hannes Soomer Honda CBR600RR SSP 1:36.716 2.628 0.225
23 96 Andrew Irwin Honda CBR600RR SSP 1:36.716 2.628 0.000
24 83 Lachlan Epis Kawasaki ZX-6R SSP 1:37.457 3.369 0.741
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