Lowes tops final World Superbike testing

Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 17 Feb 2015

Lowes topped the timesheet ahead of the first race of the season

Britain’s Alex Lowes remained on top of the timesheets as World Superbike pre-season testing drew to a close in Australia this morning.

The Voltcom Crescent Suzuki man set a fastest time of 1’30.859 in the third of four 120 minute sessions to secure the top spot, just a fraction quicker than Kawasaki’s new recruit, Jonathan Rea. 

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the test, Spaniard Jordi Torres was third fastest on the Red Devils Aprilia. The former Moto2 rider set a fastest time of 1’30.971 ahead of 2013 World Champion, Tom Sykes, who took a small tumble in the final hour, in fourth. 

Leon Haslam was fifth ahead of Chaz Davies with an impressive start to the season from Pedercini Kawasaki’s David Salom in seventh. Rookie Nicolas Terol was eighth on the Althea Ducati.

Davies set the sixth fastest time

World Supersport Champion Michael van der Mark set the ninth fastest time on the PATA Honda, a second off Lowes’ pace. Ducati’s Davide Giugliano remained tenth despite no action on the final day after breaking two vertebrae in a highside on Monday. 

Niccolo Canepa showed improved pace on the EBR 1190 in eleventh just 1.2 seconds off the pace. World Champion, Sylvain Guintoli crashed out of a personal best lap in the final session and ended the test twelfth fastest ahead of MV Agusta’s Leon Camier. Mercado and Barrier, who also suffered a high-speed crash at Gardner’s corner, rounded out the top fifteen.

Randy de Puniet, who crashed out heavily on the first day, returned to action on Tuesday afternoon and finished the test sixteenth overall. 

The first round of the season gets underway Friday. 

Phillip Island World Superbike Testing – Final Times

1)   A. LOWES – Voltcom Crescent Suzuki – 1’30.859

2)   J. REA – Kawasaki Racing Team – 1’30.880

3)   J. TORRES – Red Devils Aprilia – 1’30.971

4)   T. SYKES – Kawasaki Racing Team – 1’31.075

5)   L. HASLAM – Red Devils Aprilia – 1’31.102

6)   C. DAVIES – Aruba.it Ducati – 1’31.296

7)   D. SALOM – Pedercini Kawasaki – 1’31.510

8)   N. TEROL – Althea Ducati – 1’31.593

9)   M. VAN DER MARK – PATA Honda – 1’31.854

10) D. GIUGLIGANO – Aruba.it Ducati – 1’31.948

11) N. CANEPA – Hero EBR – 1’32.002

12) S. GUINTOLI – PATA Honda – 1’32.220

13) L. CAMIER – MV Agusta Reparto Corse – 1’32.238

14) L. MERCADO – Barni Racing Ducati – 1’32.239

15) S. BARRIER – BMW Motorrad Italia – 1’32.268 

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