Our boys storm WSB tests!

By Marc Potter
marcpotter Tested every new bike since 1994, loves anything on two wheels, Bike Social boss, Potski to his mates. Recently discovered elbow-down riding - likely to end in tears.

As excitement builds for the first World Superbike race at Phillip Island this weekend, we take a look at how the top British (and Irish) riders have been getting on at the WSB test.Camier showed his class b finishing top Brit and third overall at this week's Phillip Island WSB tests
FIXI Crescent Suzuki – Leon Camier, 3rd

Leon Camier: "I just kept things really steady today to be honest! This morning was drizzling, so we didn't even make a lap and this afternoon we just had a few small things to try. We tested the harder tyres to see how long they would last and which would be the best tyre to run, if it is colder on race-day. We just cruised around really and didn't try to go for any lap-times this afternoon, it was all about confirming a few things and making sure the bike's feeling was right.”

Sykes continued good form with fourth fastest overall in the Phillip Island WSB tests
Kawasaki Racing Team, Tom Sykes, 4th:

Tom Sykes: “I definitely used my injured arm a lot today because it has been sleeping. My crew chief has been doing a good job of waking it up. I know that the wrist has been knocked about and you can tell there is a crack in it, likewise the ribs are pretty sore, but I have every confidence in Kawasaki and all of the team. Big thanks to my crew chief Marcel and my team manager Guim because they made a very important call to make on Thursday after the accident. We have started to regroup now and be where we need to be. There is still work to be done but with six hours track time the boys have done a fantastic job, one that has made my life easier. I can get on and ride the bike and I am enjoying it. I had been a little bit tense due to the circuit catching me out a few days ago, but I finished well, with a lot of information. I am fortunate to have some clever people working with me and we have made up for lost ground. We did a lot of laps yesterday and felt OK when I woke up this morning.”

Rea doing what he does best, seen here at Phillip Island's Lukey Heights. He was sixth fastest, narrowly in front of team mate Leon Haslam
Pata Honda – Leon Haslam – 7th, Jonathan Rea 6th

Jonathan Rea: “It can be strange riding at Phillip Island, especially doing so many testing laps over four days. The conditions can change so dramatically – yesterday we had almost 60 degrees of track temperature and today it was less than 25. The wind changed going down the straight, from a tail-wind yesterday to being in our faces today, and the changing conditions can upset the chassis settings on the bike. Yesterday, I didn’t feel that good but today it was 100 times better. We’ve been trying to do a lot of laps on old tyres and we still have some tyre life issues to work on for the race weekend, but I think that’s a common problem up and down pit lane. The tests have finished positively, even though we didn’t get a chance for a maximum time attack. The guys in my crew have been working really hard to get the electronics set up to my exact liking, especially the application of the traction control, but we’ve learned a lot. We still have a lot to do for the weekend – it’s clear that, if we want to go fast on a new tyre, we can, but Phillip Island isn’t about that. It’s about still having a good tyre on lap 22, so there’s still some work to be done.”

Leon Haslam has had a frustrating start on his return to Honda, but finished seventh fastest overall at the tests
Leon Haslam – 7th

Leon said: “Our testing has been frustrating at times and in Jerez last month we lost the first day to the weather and the second day with some electronics teething problems. I think we made more progress in the first three hours here at Phillip Island than in two days in Jerez, so these two tests here have been really important. We haven’t progressed too much more today because we had a problem with the weather this morning and still had some gremlins with the electronics. But we’ve found out what the problem is and, even with the bike cutting out intermittently all the way round my best lap this afternoon, I still managed to do a decent time. We’ve still got more work to do and more things to try but now we go in to Friday looking for a set-up that will make the tyres last on race day. I’m happy to be in that position and, if all goes well, we can maybe try some of those new things, but the priority now is race set-up and tyres.”

Great style, great bike. Eugene Laverty is in his second year on the Aprilia and is now number one rider after Max Biaggi's departure. He was eighth fastest.
Aprilia Racing Team, Eugene Laverty, 8th

Eugene Laverty:I think we’re ready for the race weekend. The tyre life is going to be the most important thing, but we’re still a long way from Sunday so we don’t know what the conditions will be. The Aprilia seems to be working, in my opinion, better than any other bike here for the balance, I’m positive we can start the season with some good results”.

Note: No press quotes available at time of writing from Chaz Davies.


OVERALL COMBINED TIMES AT PHILLIP ISLAND TEST
1. Carlos Checa ESP Alstare Ducati 1199 R 1m 31.059s
2. Marco Melandri ITA BMW GoldBet S1000RR HP4 1m 31.237s
3. Leon Camier GBR Fixi Crescent Suzuki GSX-R1000 1m 31.243s
4. Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R 1m 31.261s
5. Michel Fabrizio ITA Red Devils Roma Aprilia RSV4 1m 31.350s
6. Jonathan Rea GBR Pata Honda CBR1000RR 1m 31.356s
7. Leon Haslam GBR Pata Honda CBR1000RR 1m 31.396s
8. Eugene Laverty IRL Aprilia Racing RSV4 1m 31.452s
9. Davide Giugliano ITA Althea Aprilia RSV4 1m 31.640s
10. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Aprilia Racing RSV4 1m 31.658s
11. Jules Cluzel FRA Fixi Crescent Suzuki GSX-R1000 1m 32.044s
12. Chaz Davies GBR BMW GoldBet S1000RR HP4 1m 32.077s
13. Glenn Allerton AUS Next Gen BMW S1000RR 1m 32.159s
14. Jamie Stauffer AUS Honda Racing CBR1000RR 1m 32.231s
15. Loris Baz FRA Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R 1m 32.625s
16. Ivan Clementi ITA HTM Racing BMW S1000RR 1m 32.789s
17. Vittorio Iannuzzo ITA Grillini Dentalmatic BMW S1000RR 1m 32.880s
18. Federico Sandi ITA Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 32.964s
19. Alexander Lundh SWE Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 33.447s
20. Max Neukirchner GER MR Ducati 1199 R 1m 33.541s
21. Ayrton Badovini ITA Alstare Ducati 1199 R 1m 33.686s

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