WorldSBK Phillip Island Test Results: Razgatlioglu top, BMW show pace

Toprak Razgatlioglu leaves it late to top the first day of 2020 WorldSBK pre-season testing at Phillip Island, ahead of Tom Sykes and Loris Baz

Toprak Razgatlioglu - Yamaha WorldSBK

Toprak Razgatlioglu topped the timesheets on the first day of official pre-season WorldSBK testing at Phillip Island as the 19 riders who will start this weekend’s 2020 WorldSBK opener hit the track together for the first time in Australia.

The Turk shrugged off an earlier technical issue to power to the front with his final effort of the day, his 1m 30.740secs lap aboard the Pata Yamaha getting the edge over BMW’s Tom Sykes by 0.022secs.

Indeed, Sykes looked to set to end the day as the dominant force after topping the morning’s truncated session before going quicker still in the afternoon. Regardless, his efforts – together with Eugene Laverty in eighth position – suggest BMW had been holding back somewhat during private testing having barely featured in the leading positions compared with Kawasaki, Ducati and Yamaha.

Loris Baz was up at the front in both sessions to end the day third on the privateer Ten Kate Yamaha, with reigning champion Jonathan Rea a solid fourth.

Honda endured a mixed opening day with Leon Haslam – who has a strong record at Phillip Island – impressing in fifth position. This was in stark contrast to Alvaro Bautista, who could only manage the 15th best time while the satellite MIE bike of Takumi Takahashi suffered a large engine blow with 45mins of the morning test to go to bring the session to an early end.

Scott Redding led the way for Ducati in sixth position ahead of Michael van der Mark, who couldn’t improve on his morning lap, with Laverty, Alex Lowes – who suffered a fall at Turn 4 - and Chaz Davies rounding out the top ten.

Elsewhere, Sandro Cortese turned heads with the 11th fastest time despite it being his first-ever outing on the Pedercini Kawasaki. Indeed, this is also the first time the Italian team has hit the track all winter after losing its title backer but was straight up to speed with its last-minute signing.

Following a winter recovering from injury, Leon Camier was 18th quickest

2020 WorldSBK Official Test – Phillip Island, Australia [Day 1/2]

2020 WorldSBK Official Phillip Island Test [Day 1/2]
1Toprak RazgatliogluTURPata Yamaha WorldSBKYamaha YZF-R11m 30.740
2Tom SykesGBRBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW S1000RR1m 30.762
3Loris BazFRATen Kate RacingYamaha YZF-R11m 30.777
4Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 30.996
5Leon HaslamGBRTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 31.196
6Scott Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 31.236
7Michael van der MarkNEDPata Yamaha WorldSBKYamaha YZF-R11m 31.252
8Eugene LavertyIRLBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW S1000RR1m 31.588
9Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 31.665
10Chaz Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 32.113
11Sandro CorteseGEROutdo Kawasaki TPRKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 32.264
12Michael Ruben RinaldiITATeam GOELEVENDucati Panigale V4 R1m 32.272
13Xavi ForesESPKawasaki Puccetti RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 32.414
14Maximilian ScheibCHIOrelac Racing VerdnaturaKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 32.498
15Alvaro BautistaESPTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 32.541
16Federico CaricasuloITAGRT Junior WorldSBKYamaha YZF-R11m 32.706
17Garrett GerloffUSAGRT Junior WorldSBKYamaha YZF-R11m 32.829
18Leon CamierGBRBarni RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 33.629
19Takumi TakahashiJPNMIE Racing HondaHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 34.346