Laverty fastest on day 1 of WSBK tests

Posted: 17 Feb 2014

Laverty is on top at Phillip Island

2013 World Superbike Championship runner-up, Eugene Laverty laid down the gauntlet in the first official on-track action of 2014 by securing top spot at Philip Island.

Campaigning his Voltcom Suzuki, the Irish man’s fastest lap came in the morning session, with his time placing him two tenths ahead of Ducati’s Davide Giugliano in second place.

Reigning World Superbike Champion, Tom Sykes set the third fastest time with his Kawasaki team mate, Loris Baz in tow.

British Superbike Champion Alex Lowes got off to an impressive start despite his first ever laps at Phillip Island. The Lincolnshire lad took to watching online videos of Philip Island master Casey Stoner before he hit the track.

It obvioulsy worked with Lowes setting the fifth fastest time ahead of former MotoGP runner-up, Marco Melandri on the Aprilia. And all that on a new bike with a new team, too.

Leon Haslam was the fastest Honda posting the seventh fastest time followed by Sylvain Guintoli and Jonathan Rea. Chaz Davies rounded out the top ten on the second Ducati Panigale.

The fastest rider in the new EVO class was Niccolo Canepa, who set the eleventh fastest time ahead of Toni Elias on a full-blown Superbike.

EVO contenders Sylvain Barrier and Michel Fabrizio both suffered heavy crashes; they were later transported to hospital to undergo X-rays for suspected pelvis injuries.

Of the new manufacturers it was MV Agusta on top with Claudio Corti setting the fourteenth fastest time. Hero EBR has a lot of work to do after neither of their riders set a time fast enough to be classified.

Testing resumes tomorrow.

Phillip Island Testing Day 1

  1. E. LAVERTY – Voltcom Crescent Suzuki – 1’30.513
  2. D. GIUGLIANO – Ducati Superbike Team – 1’30.718
  3. T. SYKES – Kawasaki Racing Team – 1’30.737
  4. L. BAZ – Kawasaki Racing Team – 1’30.757
  5. A. LOWES – Voltcom Crescent Suzuki – 1’31.000
  6. M. MELANDRI – Aprilia Racing Team – 1’31.146
  7. L. HASLAM – PATA Honda Superbike Team – 1’31.172
  8. S. GUINTOLI – Aprilia Racing Team – 1’31.321
  9. J. REA – PATA Honda Superbike Team – 1’31.404
  10. C. DAVIES – Ducati Superbike Team – 1’31.419
  11. N. CANEPA – Althea Ducati EVO – 1’31.897
  12. T. ELIAS – Red Devils Aprilia – 1’32.301
  13. D. SALOM – Kawasaki Racing Team EVO – 1’32.636
  14. C. CORTI – Yakhnich Motorsport MV Agusta – 1’32.858
  15. S. BARRIER – BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team EVO – 1’32.997
  16. J. GUARNONI – MRS Kawasaki EVO – 1’33.509
  17. F. FORET – Mahi Kawasaki SBK Team EVO – 1’33.676
  18. S. MORAIS – Iron Brain Kawasaki Team EVO – 1’33.954
  19. L. SCASSA – Pedercini Kawasaki EVO – 1’33.960
  20. A. ANDREOZZI – Pedercini Kawasaki – 1’34.140
  21. M. FABRIZIO – Iron Brain Kawasaki Team EVO – 1’34.314
  22. I. TOTH – Team Toth BMW EVO – 1’36.258

NC. G. MAY – Hero Racing EBR – 1’38.152

NC. A. YATES – Hero Racing EBR – 1’39.656

NC. SEBESTYEN – Team Toth BMW EVO – 1’42.242.

 Photo: Voltcom Crescent Suzuki

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