Bautista Maintains Phillip Island Supremacy

By February 18, 2019 December 13th, 2019 WorldSBK

Monday Test First Strip

Spanish star Alvaro Bautista has continued to lead the timesheets in WorldSBK testing at Phillip Island as the pre-season winds down ahead of round one this weekend (February 22-24).

Aboard his blisteringly fast Ducati Panigale V4 R, which was the quickest down Gardner Straight this morning with a top speed of 317km/h, Panigale lowered the best lap of the two-day test session down to 1min30.303secs.

With most of the field lowering their best times from day one, 2018 Phillip Island double winner Marco Melandri (Yamaha, 1:30.760) was second, just ahead of world champion Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki 1:30.761) and Tom Sykes (1:30.777) on his new BMW.

Michael van der Mark (Yamaha, 1:30.911) and Leon Haslam (Kawasaki, 1:30.947) also went below the 1:31 mark, followed by 2018 world supersport champion Sandro Cortese (Yamaha, 1:31.077) and Alex Lowes (Yamaha, 1:31.272).

World No.2 Chaz Davies (Ducati) was 12th fastest as he continues to get up to speed after an injury-interrupted pre-season, while Aussie wildcard Troy Herfoss (Herfoss) circulated nearly two seconds faster than day one but still remains 19th on the timesheets.

The final two-hour shakedown for the world’s best production racers will commence at 1:40pm this afternoon

WorldSBK Phillip Island Pre-Season Test – Tuesday Morning Session

1. Alvaro Bautista (Ducati) – 1m30.303

2. Marco Melandri (Yamaha) – 1m30.760

3. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki) 1m30.761

4. Tom Sykes (BMW) – 1m30.777

5. Michael van der Mark (Yamaha) – 1m30.911

19. Australian wild card Troy Herfoss (Honda) – 1m33.130


See you Trackside at the Island for a Triple-Treat

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If you feel like splashing out, step up to a Bar SBK ticket at $265* (with camping $375*) and enjoy undercover facilities at Doohan Corner, Siberia and Lukey Heights.

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