Rea Completes Phillip Island Test Session On Top

By February 20, 2017 December 13th, 2019 WorldSBK

Rea Completes Phillip Island Test Session On Top

WorldSBK By February 20, 2017 December 13th, 2019

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Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea has completed the final pre-season two-day world superbike test at Phillip Island as the pacesetter ahead of this weekend’s opening round, but it was a close call thanks to fast-finishing Ducati rider Marco Melandri.

Rea’s benchmark lap was 1min30.545secs, which Melandri – returning to WorldSBK after a two-year hiatus – nearly eclipsed with his final flying lap of 1:30.575.

The majority of the top brass completed the test in great shape, which augers well for a mouth-watering Yamaha-Finance opening round back at Phillip Island this weekend.

Melandri’s teammate Chaz Davies (1:30.893) was third on the timesheets, followed by world No. 2 and former WorldSBK champion Tom Sykes (Kawasaki, 1:31.044).

The current WorldSBK lap record is held by Davies with a 1:30.949, set in 2014.

Day one hero Xavi Fores (Ducati, 1:31.266) was fifth overall – still a brilliant result for the privateer – ahead of MV Agusta’s Leon Camier (1:31.293) and the first of the factory Aprilias of Lorenzo Savadori (1:31.449).

Alex Lowes (Yamaha, 1:31.629) was next, with the top 10 completed by Jordi Torres (BMW, 1:31.673) – who completed the most laps across the final pre-season test – and former world supersport rider Randy Krummenacher (Kawasaki, 1:31.783).

Past Philip Island winner Eugene Laverty (Aprilia, 1:31.881) was 12th, while Honda factory pair Michael van der Mark (1:31.936) and Nicky Hayden (1:31.952) were 13th and 14th on their all-new machines.

Australia’s Josh Brookes (Yamaha) was 16th, but only got in one session today after an engine blew this morning.

The WorldSBK paddock now takes a two-day break before practice and qualifying starts for the season opening round of the 2017 Superbike World Championship on Friday followed by Superpole and race one at 3:00pm on Saturday. The second 22-lap race will be held on Sunday, also at 3:00pm.


The 2017 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship kicks off at Australia’s Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit with the Yamaha Finance round from February 24-26, and is set to be a scorcher. Go to at www.worldsbk.com.au or call the Superbike Hotline on 1300 728 007 for tickets and general event information. 

Pre-purchase your 3-Day General Admission ticket for $120*, saving $35 on the gate price. Get the best views at Bar SBK for only $260** with undercover viewing locations at the circuit’s most spectacular points – Doohan Corner, Lukey Heights and Siberia. Pre-purchased adult single day tickets start at $30* for Friday, $65* for Saturday and $80* for Sunday.

*All prices quoted are pre-purchase ticket prices. Pre-purchase ends 4pm Wednesday 22nd February 2017

**Available for pre-purchase only 

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