Tom Sykes leads day one of WSB testing at Phillip Island
KAWASAKI'S Tom Sykes topped the timesheets on the first day of private testing at Phillip Island.
The test is being attended by the majority of the World Superbike teams and riders, ahead of the official test at the same circuit next week.
Sykes set a time of 1:33 flat aboard the Kawasaki ZX-10R. The Brit was quicker than 2011 Champion Carlos Checa, who ended the day 0.3 off the fastest time.
New Aprilia signing, Eugene Laverty was a tenth faster than old team-mate and new BMW recruit Marco Melandri. In fourth was Leon Haslam who set an identical time to Max Biaggi.
John Hopkins had an early crash in the session, breaking his right hand (more here). The other fallers were Biaggi and Maxime Berger, who collided with one another, and Davide Giugliano who crashed his Althea Ducati.
Times released by teams:
Tom Sykes, Kawasaki Racing Team, 1:33.0Carlos Checa, Althea Racing Ducati, 1:33.3Eugene Laverty, Aprilia Racing Team, 1:33.3Marco Melandri, BMW Motorrad Motorsport, 1:33.4Leon Haslam, BMW Motorrad Motorsport, 1:33.7Max Biaggi, Aprilia Racing Team, 1:33.7Jakub Smrz, Effenbert Liberty Racing Ducati, 1:34.0Sylvain Guintoli, Effenbert Liberty Racing Ducati, 1:34.1Joan Lascorz, Kawasaki Racing Team, 1:34.1Maxime Berger, Effenbert Liberty Racing Ducati, 1:34.3Michel Fabrizio, BMW Motorrad Italia GOLDBET SBK Team, 1:34.4Leon Camier, Crescent Fixi Suzuki, 1:34.5David Salom, Team Pedercini Kawasaki, 1:34.9Ayrton Badovini, BMW Motorrad Italia GOLDBET SBK Team, 1:35.0David Johnson, Rossair AEP Racing BMW, 1:35.7David Giugliano, Althea Racing Ducati 1:35.8Lorenzo Zanetti, PATA Racing Ducati, 1:37.1John Hopkins, Crescent Fixi Suzuki, No time
Posted: 14/02/2012 at 16:38
Posted: 14/02/2012 at 20:03
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