Posted: 18 Feb 2014
World Superbike Champion Tom Sykes showed he's starting the season on top as he set the fastest testing time at Phillip Island. His time was just five thousandths of a second shy of Carlos Checa’s circuit record, placing his World Championship-winning Kawasaki firmly at the top of the timesheets.
In a welcome surprise, Crescent Suzuki’s Eugene Laverty was second fastest just two tenths from the World Champion, with team-mate Alex Lowes just a few hundredths further back after knocking over a second off his time from day one. That time is even more impressive when you consider that Lowes has never been to Phillip Island before.
New Aprilia recruit, Marco Melandri set the fourth fastest time ahead of Ducati’s Davide Giugliano. The second Kawasaki of Loris Baz was sixth fastest ahead of fellow Frenchman, Sylvain Guintoli. The PATA Honda’s of Leon Haslam and Jonathan Rea were eighth and ninth fastest respectively ahead of Chaz Davies who rounded out the top ten just eight tenths from Sykes’ fastest time.
Niccolo Canepa showed promise for the EVO class on his EVO-spec Ducati 1199, the Italian just over a second from Sykes’ fastest time while the full Superbike of Toni Elias could only manage to post the twelfth fastest time ahead of the second EVO bike of David Salom.
The best of the new manufacturer’s was once again MV Agusta with Claudio Corti in fifteenth place, albeit two seconds off Sykes’ pace.
Hero EBR did show significant improvement, with both May and Yates knocking over three seconds off their first day times.
Young Frenchman Jeremy Guarnoni set the seventeenth fastest time before crashing in the first twenty minutes of the final session resulting in a dislocated shoulder. It wasn’t great news for Pedercini’s Luca Scassa either, who crashed ouy suffering a fractured pelvis.
The first round of the season kicks off with Free Practice at Phillip Island on Friday. We'll bring you all the latest news as it happens.
Phillip Island Testing – Combined Times