2018 Philip Island World Superbike FP1 Results: Melandri tops damp session

The 2018 season is finally upon us. With new rules in place, including rev-limiting succesful teams, and with riders changing allegiances, the championship has been tweaked in an effort to make it the most competetive in recent memory.

The opening session was damp, which kept comparisons with last year to a minimum, but reigning champion Jonathan Rea dominated the majority of the session on his Kawasaki until Ducati's Marco Melandri took over minutes from the end. Alex Lowes on the Yamaha was on course to challenge Melandri for top spot until the session was red-flagged with less than a minute to go. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 1'42.974   299,2
2 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'43.090 0.116 299,2
3 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'43.384 0.410 300,8
4 12 X. FORES Ducati Panigale R 1'43.455 0.481 299,2
5 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 1'43.472 0.498 300,0
6 99 P. JACOBSEN Honda CBR1000RR 1'43.766 0.792 290,3
7 2 L. CAMIER Honda CBR1000RR 1'43.792 0.818 296,7
8 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'43.804 0.830 298,3
9 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'43.939 0.965 296,7
10 68 Y. HERNANDEZ Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'44.104 1.130 291,1
11 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'44.432 1.458 295,1
12 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'44.609 1.635 290,3
13 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'44.698 1.724 291,9
14 45 J. GAGNE Honda CBR1000RR 1'45.156 2.182 292,7
15 76 L. BAZ BMW S 1000 RR 1'45.461 2.487 298,3
16 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'46.303 3.329 293,5
17 47 W. MAXWELL Yamaha YZF R1 1'46.351 3.377 282,7
18 81 J. TORRES MV Agusta 1000 F4 1'46.789 3.815 292,7
19 36 L. MERCADO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'46.938 3.964 292,7
20 25 D. FALZON Yamaha YZF R1 1'46.943 3.969 282,7
Round Number: 
1
2018
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