2018 Phillip Island World Superbike Tuesday Test Times: Rea Leads The Way Once Again

Reigning WorldSBK champion Jonathan Rea returned to the top of the timesheets on the second day of the test at Phillip Island on Tuesday. Despite a small crash in the morning, Rea took a commanding lead over his Kawasaki teammate Tom Sykes, who was two tenths slower than Rea.

Marco Melandri couldn't match his pace from Monday, dropping to third overall on the Aruba.it Ducati Panigale. The Italian stays second overall in the combined standings, however. Eugene Laverty made a huge step forward on the second day of the test, the SMR Milwaukee Racing rider putting the Aprilia RSV4 into fourth, less than half a second behind the Kawasaki of Jonathan Rea. 

Laverty just nipped ahead of Xavi Fores on the Barni Ducati, the Spaniard just two thousandths of a second slower than the Irishman. The two Pata Yamahas took sixth and seventh, Michael van der Mark once again finishing ahead of his teammate Alex Lowes by nearly a quarter of a second. Leon Camier put the Red Bull Honda CBR1000RR into eight place, within a second of fastest man Rea, and fractionally ahead of Loris Baz on the Althea BMW S1000RR. 

The teams and riders have two days to rest and recover, and pore over the data collected during the test. The season starts for real on Friday, when practice gets underway for the first race of the 2018 WorldSBK season at Phillip Island.

Times from Tuesday:

Pos No Rider Bike Class Time Diff Prev
1 1 Jonathan Rea Kawasaki ZX-10RR SBK 1:30.598    
2 66 Tom Sykes Kawasaki ZX-10RR SBK 1:30.804 0.206 0.206
3 33 Marco Melandri Ducati Panigale R SBK 1:31.053 0.455 0.249
4 50 Eugene Laverty Aprilia RSV4 RF SBK 1:31.074 0.476 0.021
5 12 Xavi Fores Ducati Panigale R SBK 1:31.076 0.478 0.002
6 60 Michael van der Mark Yamaha YZF R1 SBK 1:31.131 0.533 0.055
7 22 Alex Lowes Yamaha YZF R1 SBK 1:31.370 0.772 0.239
8 2 Leon Camier Honda CBR1000RR SBK 1:31.537 0.939 0.167
9 76 Loris Baz BMW S 1000 RR SBK 1:31.542 0.944 0.005
10 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia RSV4 RF SBK 1:31.579 0.981 0.037
11 7 Chaz Davies Ducati Panigale R SBK 1:31.614 1.016 0.035
12 54 Toprak Razgatlioglu Kawasaki ZX-10RR SBK 1:31.822 1.224 0.208
13 81 Jordi Torres MV Agusta 1000 F4 SBK 1:31.866 1.268 0.044
14 36 Leandro Mercado Kawasaki ZX-10RR SBK 1:32.069 1.471 0.203
15 45 Jake Gagne Honda CBR1000RR SBK 1:32.288 1.690 0.219
16 17 Troy Herfoss Honda CBR1000RR SBK 1:32.297 1.699 0.009
17 68 Yonny Hernandez Kawasaki ZX-10RR SBK 1:32.453 1.855 0.156
18 40 Román Ramos Kawasaki ZX-10RR SBK 1:32.520 1.922 0.067
19 47 Wayne Maxwell Yamaha YZF R1 SBK 1:32.651 2.053 0.131
20 99 Patrick Jacobsen Honda CBR1000RR SBK 1:32.663 2.065 0.012
21 25 Daniel Falzon Yamaha YZF R1 SBK 1:32.828 2.230 0.165
22 37 Ondrej Jezek Yamaha YZF R1 SBK 1:33.143 2.545 0.315

Combined times from both days:

Pos No Rider Bike Class Time Diff Prev
1 1 Jonathan Rea Kawasaki ZX-10RR SBK 1:30.598    
2 33 Marco Melandri Ducati Panigale R SBK 1:30.726 0.128 0.128
3 66 Tom Sykes Kawasaki ZX-10RR SBK 1:30.804 0.206 0.078
4 50 Eugene Laverty Aprilia RSV4 RF SBK 1:31.074 0.476 0.270
5 12 Xavi Fores Ducati Panigale R SBK 1:31.076 0.478 0.002
6 60 Michael van der Mark Yamaha YZF R1 SBK 1:31.131 0.533 0.055
7 22 Alex Lowes Yamaha YZF R1 SBK 1:31.370 0.772 0.239
8 2 Leon Camier Honda CBR1000RR SBK 1:31.537 0.939 0.167
9 76 Loris Baz BMW S 1000 RR SBK 1:31.542 0.944 0.005
10 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia RSV4 RF SBK 1:31.579 0.981 0.037
11 7 Chaz Davies Ducati Panigale R SBK 1:31.614 1.016 0.035
12 54 Toprak Razgatlioglu Kawasaki ZX-10RR SBK 1:31.822 1.224 0.208
13 81 Jordi Torres MV Agusta 1000 F4 SBK 1:31.866 1.268 0.044
14 36 Leandro Mercado Kawasaki ZX-10RR SBK 1:32.069 1.471 0.203
15 45 Jake Gagne Honda CBR1000RR SBK 1:32.288 1.690 0.219
16 17 Troy Herfoss Honda CBR1000RR SBK 1:32.297 1.699 0.009
17 68 Yonny Hernandez Kawasaki ZX-10RR SBK 1:32.453 1.855 0.156
18 40 Román Ramos Kawasaki ZX-10RR SBK 1:32.520 1.922 0.067
19 47 Wayne Maxwell Yamaha YZF R1 SBK 1:32.651 2.053 0.131
20 99 Patrick Jacobsen Honda CBR1000RR SBK 1:32.663 2.065 0.012
21 25 Daniel Falzon Yamaha YZF R1 SBK 1:32.828 2.230 0.165
22 37 Ondrej Jezek Yamaha YZF R1 SBK 1:33.143 2.545 0.315
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Now I look back at the latest rules amendments, you see how clunky and laboured they are-almost an F1 style exercise. Be far easier to put a rucksack on the KRT riders’ backs and stick a 1kg ball in for every accrued point, hitting aerodynamics as well as weight distribution. Oh and the rucksack can’t have winglets this year. Makes sense to me....