As the session ended, it looked like Honda's new rider Leon Camier would reward his new team by ending the session on top, but as the last seconds flickered out, Lorenzo Savadori knocked him down a place and pushed his Aprilia teammate Eugene Laverty down to the third spot. Tom Sykes, Marco Melandri and Jonathan Rea rounded out the top six while championship runner up Chaz Davies was down in ninth place.
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Reigning World Supersport champion Lucas Mahias started his title defense at the top of the first practice session, ahead of three other Yamahas, the returning Randy Krummenacher, former Moto 2 rider and first ever Moto 3 world champion Sandro Cortese and Federico Caricasulo. Kawasaki's Kenan Sofuoglu was the quickest non-Yamaha in fifth place.
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.
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.
Randy Krummenacher leads a clean sweep of the Phillip Island World Supersport test for Yamaha. After a difficult year in WorldSBK, the Swiss rider has got his step back to the WorldSSP class off to a strong start, beating both the GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP riders. Lucas Mahias took second, ahead of his teammate Federico Caricasulo. Newcomer Sandro Cortese got his WorldSSP career off to a strong start, ending the test in fourth on the Kallio Racing Yamaha R6.
Marco Melandri has struck the first blow on the opening day of a two-day test for the WorldSBK class at Phillip Island. The Aruba.it Ducati rider was over a third of a second quicker than second place man Tom Sykes on the factory Kawasaki. In turn, Sykes was two tenths faster than his teammate, reigning WorldSBK champion Jonathan Rea.
The Kawasaki men both suffered crashes at Turn 11, with Rea having a very large highside which persuaded him to skip the second session on Monday afternoon. His time in the first session was good enough to keep his third place.
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.
Results from Monday:
The second and final day of the first WorldSBK test saw a change at the top of the timesheets, with Tom Sykes setting the fastest time of the test, beating his Kawasaki teammate Jonathan Rea by over half a second. Sykes had used a qualifier to set his fastest time, though Rea had not bothered with one, and still ended up in second spot.
Jonathan Rea's WorldSBK reign continues, the triple world champion topping the timesheets on the first day of testing of 2018 at Jerez. The Kawasaki rider was fastest early, and was never challenged, none of the other riders able to get under the 1:40 mark.
With five days of testing complete at Jerez, the balance can be drawn up for the riders in all three series which were present. Conditions were almost perfect, with five days of sunshine and reasonably warm temperatures for the time of year. The track resurfacing, which took place during the summer, helped immensely, especially for the MotoGP teams, as they rode here on the old surface back in May.
Most of the top WorldSBK riders set their fast lap on qualifying tires.
Friday times for all classes combined:
Jonathan Rea was fastest at lunchtime at the Jerez WorldSBK and MotoGP test. Rea was into the 1'37s on a qualifying tire early on in the session, riders getting started early so they can finish up early. Kawasaki teammate Tom Sykes is second quickest, also setting his time on a qualifier, while KTM's Pol Espargaro is the fastest of the MotoGP riders, just ahead of Andrea Iannone and Alex Rins on the Suzuki.
Times at 1pm:
Andrea Dovizioso finished as fastest on Thursday at Jerez, the factory Ducati rider using the morning to break Jorge Lorenzo's pole record from 2015 - though as this is a private test, this is only an unofficial time, and so Lorenzo's record will stand until the race here in May - going over a quarter of a second faster than Lorenzo did on the Yamaha two years ago. Cal Crutchlow was second fastest, also under the pole record, having spent a full and busy day jumping between three different bikes and racking up a grand total of 90 laps, more than any other rider on the grid.