2019 Philip Island World Superbike FP1 Results: Rea Leads Bautista

As the 2019 motorcycle racing season starts, four time world champion Jonathan Rea ended the first World Superbike qualifying session on top on his Kawasaki ZX-10RR, ahead of class rookie Alvaro Bautista on the brand new Ducati Panigale V4. Leon Haslam, Rea's teammate this year, was third quickest with Rea's former teammate Tom Sykes joining the BMW team in fourth place. Sandro Cortese, reigning World Supersport champion, was fifth quickest on the GRT Yamaha R1.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'30.341   311,2
2 19 A. BAUTISTA Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'30.362 0.021 316,7
3 91 L. HASLAM Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'30.499 0.158 310,3
4 66 T. SYKES BMW S1000 RR 1'30.664 0.323 299,2
5 11 S. CORTESE Yamaha YZF R1 1'30.850 0.509 307,7
6 28 M. REITERBERGER BMW S1000 RR 1'30.862 0.521 302,5
7 2 L. CAMIER Honda CBR1000RR 1'31.024 0.683 306,8
8 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'31.060 0.719 312,1
9 81 J. TORRES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'31.146 0.805 310,3
10 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 1'31.285 0.944 310,3
11 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'31.334 0.993 315,8
12 33 M. MELANDRI Yamaha YZF R1 1'31.355 1.014 309,5
13 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'31.599 1.258 300,8
14 36 L. MERCADO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'31.847 1.506 304,2
15 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'31.855 1.514 314,0
16 23 R. KIYONARI Honda CBR1000RR 1'31.940 1.599 305,9
17 50 E. LAVERTY Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'32.095 1.754 306,8
18 52 A. DELBIANCO Honda CBR1000RR 1'32.669 2.328 300,8
19 17 T. HERFOSS Honda CBR1000RR 1'34.324 3.983 293,5
Round Number: 
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2019
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Total votes: 10

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Wow! Bautista, Sykes and Haslam on it. We knew Rea would be there, but wow. 

I may have to renew my subscription. 

Total votes: 14

What are the rule differences between World and Australian superbikes.

Wildcard Herfoss is the current Australian Champion and a year ago at the start of the Australian Championship the fast riders were achieving best laps at PI in the low 33s. Herfoss is over a second slower than this and over 1.5 sec below the next slowest.

Adapting to Pirelli tyres or are the Aust Superbikes just slow?

Given the traditional Australian support for production based racing it is sad to see not a single Australian rider in either WSBK or Supersport for the season.

Total votes: 7

We heard some interesting information from Matteo from Pirelli & an Aussie pirelli guy. The name on the tank is the same.

The WSBK bikes have different swingarms and the frames are reinforced. Other technical differences as well. Tyres are the same. 

ASBK bikes Two seconds per lap slower from what I hear.

Total votes: 5

Six different manufacturers in the top seven. I think I've read that right.

Old Tom doing well on the new BMW.

Fp2 was also good.

Total votes: 7

Five different manufacturers in the top seven.

Total votes: 5