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2014 Phillip Island World Superbike Saturday Roundup: New Qualifying Works

Now we have seen the new format for qualifying and the changes are not as drastic as they may have seemed on paper. Familiarity with the way the MotoGP system worked helped, as did the fact that the new format isn’t that different from the old one.

The only difference seems to be that Tom Sykes crashes in the new system.

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2014 Phillip Island World Superbike FP4 Results: Giugliano Leads Untimed Session

In the only true Free Practice session, one that does not count towards Superpole entry, Davide Giugliano went quicker than all but Alex Lowes in the timed sessions. Tom Sykes reassuringly sat in second place ahead of Sylvain Guintoli.

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2014 Phillip Island World Supersport FP3 Results: Sofuoglu Holds Off Van Der Mark

Kenan Sofuoglu escaped from the clutches of Michael Van Der Mark by eleven thousandths of a second, retaining the top spot before final qualifying. PJ Jacobsen, the American by way of British Superbike, was in third place ahead of Kev Coghlan and series rookie Ratthapark Wilairot. The MV Agusta pair of Vladimir Leonov and Jules Cluzel are the only other riders under 1'34. 

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2014 Phillip Island World Superbike FP3 Results: Lowes And Laverty Lead The Way

Alex Lowes demionstrated that his Friday performance was not a one-off by putting his Suzuki in provisional pole ahead of his teammate. Eugene Laverty on the other GSX-R1000 was within xxx, with the Ducatis of Davide Giugliano and Chaz Davies sitting in third and fourth places, following in Carlos Checa's qualifying performance from last year. Tom Sykes, world champion and qualifying maven, assured that he'd be in the top qualifying group while Niccolo Canepa makes history by putting his EVO Ducati Panigale into Superpole 2 amongst the full-SBK spec bikes.

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2014 Phillip Island World Superbike Friday Roundup: Injuries New And Old

Phillip Island is unique. The opening race is held in the southern hemisphere, seven weeks before the circus gets to Europe. The track has its own climate and last year’s resurfacing still makes the track abrasive. Testing here took place last week, which gave teams a bit of additional setup, but it also took its toll in injuries, something that continued into the qualifying runs. The morning’s session in both Superbike and Supersport were lost to rain, but the afternoon sessions ran without a problem.

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2014 Phillip Island World Superbike FP2 Results: Lowes Makes His Mark

On his first day on the job, Alex Lowes tops his first timing sheet. The British Superbike champion, and twin brother of Sam, the World Supersport champion, recorded seven 1'31 laps on his Suzuki GSX-R1000. Marco Melandri, on the newly liveried silver Aprilia, adapted quickly to his new machine ahead of Davide Giugliano and Tom Sykes. 

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2014 Phillip Island World Supersport FP2 Results: Sofuoglu Dominates

Without his rival of last year, Sofuoglu showed why he's a favourite for the title this year, setting the fastest time, two-thirds of a second faster than the rest of the field, as soon as conditions allowed, setting the fastest lap just ten minutes into the session. As the only rider to get a 1'33 lap, and several of them at that, pole position is well within his grasp. 

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2014 Phillip Island World Superbike FP1 Results: Five Dryish Minutes

As the weather in Australia dampens both the track and the teams' enthusiasm, very few riders were able to get a lap that was worth anything in. At the end of the session, as conditions allowed, a handful of riders set out and recorded times that just show that their data loggers work, and very little else. 

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2014 World Superbikes Phillip Island Test Day 2 Times: Sykes Takes Charge While Lowes Impresses

Tom Sykes seized control of the World Superbike test at Phillip Island, topping the timesheets on the second day of the test with a lap just five thousandths shy of Carlos Checa's pole record around the Australian circuit. The reigning world champion set a time in the morning which nobody could get near, signalling his intention to fiercely defend his title.

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2014 World Supersport Phillip Island Test Day 2 Times: Sofuoglu Leads, PJ Jacobsen Makes His Mark

Kenan Sofuoglu's quest to regain the World Supersport title got off to a strong start at Phillip Island, the Turkish Mahi Kawasaki rider topping the timesheets on both days of the last official test before the season starts. Sofuoglu was fractionally faster on Tuesday, having spent most of the second day running race simulations and pronouncing himself satisfied.

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2014 World Superbikes Phillip Island Test Day 1 Times: Laverty Impresses Ahead Of Giugliano And Sykes

Near perfect conditions at Phillip Island saw fast times being set from the beginning of the first day of testing for the World Superbike class. The morning was especially good, with nary a breath of the wind which usually blasts across the circuit, whatever the weather.

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2014 World Supersport Phillip Island Test Day 1 Times: Sofuoglu Leads, VD Mark Only One To Follow

Kenan Sofuoglu made his intentions clear of recapturing the World Supersport title on the first day of testing at Phillip Island, dominating the timesheets and ending nearly four tenths ahead of Pata Honda's Michael van der Mark. Sofuoglu set the time with ease, he later told Speedweek, saying he had been pushing at all, but had been working on tire endurance.

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2014 World Superbikes Private Jerez Test Results: Sykes Tops Timesheets Before WSBK Flies South

While most of the world's attention was focused on the first MotoGP test of the year at Sepang, in Spain, a few of the World Superbike teams used a private test to prepare for their journey Down Under to the season opener at Phillip Island. The rain prevented testing for the first day of the test, but the second day took place under sunny skies, but with high winds and damp patches making going tricky.

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