Phillip Island WorldSBK Practice Results: Scott Redding powers to top

Scott Redding sets an impressive pace in free practice as the opening round of the 2020 WorldSBK Championship officially kicks off at Phillip Island

Scott Redding - Ducati

Scott Redding powered to the quickest time in Friday free practice as the opening round of the 2020 WorldSBK Championship officially kicked off at Phillip Island, Australia.

The Briton was quickest in a rain-affected first free practice session before proving just as formidable in the dry during a flurry of quick laps during the final minutes of FP2.

Setting a benchmark time of 1m 30.436secs, Redding was an impressive four tenths quicker than the opposition, with Pata Yamaha duo Toprak Razgatlioglu and Michael van der Mark unable to get close to him in second and third positions.

Leon Haslam had looked on course for the quickest time of the day aboard the new Honda CBR1000RR-R before being shuffled down to fourth position late on, the Briton nonetheless confirming the strong performance of the new Fireblade ahead of its race debut.

Loris Baz made it three Yamahas in the top five, ahead of defending champion Jonathan Rea, while BMW’s Tom Sykes ensured all five manufacturers featured in the upper portion of the leaderboard in seventh.

Alvaro Bautista enjoyed a step forward to get his Honda into eighth position, while Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Xavi Fores completed the top ten on their respective GoEleven Ducati and Puccetti Kawasaki machines.

2020 Australian WorldSBK, Phillip Island – Free Practice Results [Combined after FP2]

2020 Australian WorldSBK, Phillip Island - Free Practice Results [1 - 2]
1Scott Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 30.436
2Toprak RazgatliogluTURPata Yamaha WorldSBKYamaha YZF-R11m 30.854
3Michael van der MarkNEDPata Yamaha WorldSBKYamaha YZF-R11m 30.905
4Leon HaslamGBRTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 30.936
5Loris BazFRATen Kate RacingYamaha YZF-R11m 30.973
6Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 30.978
7Tom SykesGBRBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW S1000RR1m 31.161
8Alvaro BautistaESPTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 31.201
9Michael Ruben RinaldiITATeam GOELEVENDucati Panigale V4 R1m 31.213
10Xavi ForesESPKawasaki Puccetti RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 31.265
11Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 31.336
12Sandro CorteseGEROutdo Kawasaki TPRKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 31.397
13Chaz Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 31.478
14Eugene LavertyIRLBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW S1000RR1m 31.747
15Garrett GerloffUSAGRT Junior WorldSBKYamaha YZF-R11m 31.898
16Federico CaricasuloITAGRT Junior WorldSBKYamaha YZF-R11m 32.008
17Maximilian ScheibCHIOrelac Racing VerdnaturaKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 32.030
18Leon CamierGBRBarni RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 32.649
19Takumi TakahashiJPNMIE Racing HondaHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 34.995