Tom Sykes ended the Phillip Island WSBK test with the fastest time as preparations for the 2016 season came to a close. The Briton led a Kawasaki 1-2 but with four different riders topping the four sessions at the test, this weekend’s season opener looks set to have several potential challengers for victory.
Sykes’ benchmark time was set on Monday afternoon with Jonathan Rea topping Tuesday’s morning session to secure second spot ahead of Ducati’s Davide Giugliano. Michael van der Mark set an impressive pace on the opening morning before dropping to fourth while Sylvain Guintoli was fifth overall after topping the final session aboard the PATA Yamaha YZF-R1 in scorching temperatures.
Much like the final day of the recent MotoGP test here, crashes regularly interrupted proceedings with many having ramifications for this weekend’s double-header. Karel Abraham was lucky to escape a heavy fall from his Milwaukee BMW on day one but fellow rookie Fabio Menghi’s crash saw the Italian suffer a fractured pelvis, ruling him out of the upcoming weekend. Josh Hook’s participation also appears in doubt after dislocating his shoulder in a crash at the Southern Loop.
Despite wounding his elbow in a fall, Jordi Torres soldiered on to finish sixth ahead of 2006 MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden while Alex Lowes was eighth fastest on the second PATA Yamaha. Last year’s WSBK runner-up Chaz Davies was tenth overall while reigning British Superbike champion Josh Brookes ended the test 1.617s down in fifteenth.
Phillip Island WSBK Official Test – Combined Classification
|1||66. Tom Sykes||Kawasaki||Kawasaki Racing Team||1:31.097|
|2||1. Jonathan Rea||Kawasaki||Kawasaki Racing Team||1:31.249|
|3||34. Davide Giugliano||Ducati||Aruba.it Racing – Ducati||1:31.400|
|4||60. Michael van der Mark||Honda||Honda World Superbike Team||1:31.458|
|5||50. Sylvain Guintoli||Yamaha||Pata Yamaha Official WSBK Team||1:31.473|
|6||81. Jordi Torres||BMW||Althea BMW Racing Team||1:31.526|
|7||69. Nicky Hayden||Honda||Honda World Superbike Team||1:31.558|
|8||22. Alex Lowes||Yamaha||Pata Yamaha Official WSBK Team||1:31.620|
|9||12. Xavi Fores||Ducati||Barni Racing Team||1:31.661|
|10||7. Chaz Davies||Ducati||Aruba.it Racing – Ducati||1:31.678|
|11||21. Markus Reiterberger||BMW||Althea BMW Racing Team||1:31.928|
|12||40. Roman Ramos||Kawasaki||Team GoEleven||1:32.478|
|13||32. Lorenzo Savadori||Aprilia||IodaRacing Team||1:32.587|
|14||2. Leon Camier||MV Agusta||MV Agusta Reparto Corse||1:32.702|
|15||25. Josh Brookes||BMW||Milwaukee BMW||1:32.714|
|16||46. Mike Jones||Ducati||Desmo Sport Ducati||1:33.051|
|17||20. Sylvain Barrier||Kawasaki||Pedercini Racing||1:33.147|
|18||61. Fabio Menghi||Ducati||VFT Racing||1:33.251|
|19||15. Alex de Angelis||Aprilia||IodaRacing Team||1:33.323|
|20||16. Joshua Hook||Kawasaki||Grillini Racing Team||1:33.792|
|21||9. Dominic Schmitter||Kawasaki||Grillini Racing Team||1:34.664|
|22||17. Karel Abraham||BMW||Milwaukee BMW||1:34.706|
|23||11. Saeed Al Sulaiti||Kawasaki||Pedercini Racing||1:34.942|
|24||56. Peter Sebestyen||Yamaha||Team Toth||1:35.541|
|25||10. Imre Toth||Yamaha||Team Toth||1:36.150|