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2020 Phillip Island World Superbike Race One Result: Tyre Wear Matters

The opening race of 2020 took place on a try track that is notoriously punishing on tyres as riders are only upright down the straight, spending the remainder of the lap on the sides of their tyres. With the weather behaving, and no horrible geese invading the track, twenty two laps of close racing ensued.

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2020 Phillip Island World Superbike Superpole Result: Exploding Fairing Doesn't Distract

Twenty five minutes of qualifying would determine the grid for the first race this afternoon. Scott Redding was quickest in all three sessions, wet or dry, and is favourite to take pole on his debut Superpole. Leon Camier didn't take part and would sit the remainder of the weekend out.

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2020 Phillip Island World Supersport FP3 Result: Locatelli Quickest Ahead Of Cluzel and Krummenacher

Andrea Locatelli was within under a tenth of a second of Sam Lowes's 2013 outright lap record, setting the quickest time of the session on this year's slick tyres. Jules Cluzel and Randy Krummenacher joined him with 1'32 laps.

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2020 Phillip Island World Superbike FP3 Result: Redding Makes It Three For Three

Scott Redding was quickest for the third time this weekend, ahead of Michael van der Mark and Jonathan Rea. Redding heads to Superpole as the favourite and all nine riders at the top set their fastest times in the last session, with only Leon Haslam in the top twelve needing to rely on a time from the previous day. Leon Camier was ruled unfit after FP2 when it was clear his shoulder injury from Aragon was too much for him to compete with. 

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2020 WorldSBK Preview: All Change In World Superbikes?

What championship is the biggest box office draw? MotoGP. What championship is the most likely to give box office drama throughout the year? In 2020 it could be WorldSBK.

It’s a far cry from recent years where we’ve traded Jonathan Rea’s domination for Alvaro Bautista’s purple patch and then seen Rea rise from the ashes. The stick to beat WorldSBK with in recent years has always been that one man has won five titles in a row and won so many races. This year that could all change.

Scott Redding comes in as the reigning British Superbike champion. There’s a level of expectation heaped on his shoulders. Honda are back as a full-factory team and they are sure to be strong over the coming seasons. When HRC race they race to win. Yamaha has a brand new bike that has found a small step forward that could leap them into regular contention. BMW is in the second year of their programme. Kawasaki showed they are still the benchmark for consistency. This year in WorldSBK all five manufacturers will feel they can be competitive. Their riders will all think that they have a chance.

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2020 Phillip Island World Supersport FP2 Result: Krummenacher Makes The Slicks Work

In a session split by two red flags, one of which was resolved by a man on a scooter chasing birds off the track, the dry weather gave riders a chance to try out the new for 2020 slick tyres, which let Randy Krummenacher set a lap that was quicker than the previous race lap record and within four tenths of a second of Sam Lowes's 2013 outright lap record. Krummenacher's switch to MV Agusta shows potential, with his teammate Raffaele de Rosa third quickest. Former Moto2 rider Andrea Locatelli was second quickest, swapping the top spot with Krummenacher throughout the session. 

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2020 Phillip Island World Superbike FP2 Result: Redding Ends Day One On Top

Red flags were brought out for debris on track, causing a five minute break in the middle of the session, but at least the rain stayed away and gave us full-speed qualifying. Series rookie Scott Redding ended the day on top of both sessions, getting to within four tenths of a second of the race lap record towards the end of the second session. Toprak Razgatlioglu and Michael van der Mark were within half a second of Redding's best time with Leon Haslam exactly half a second off.

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2020 Phillip Island World Supersport FP1 Result: Locatelli Leads Wet Session

In a wet session that had only three riders recording a time for the majority of the session, Andrea Locatelli came out quickest, in spite of only recording four timed laps. Corentin Perolari was second quickest after ten laps. 

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2020 Phillip Island World Superbike FP1 Result: Redding Leads Baz In Damp Session

Alvaro Bautista opened the season on his Honda, setting out on a damp track while everyone else stayed in, finishing their breakfast. He knocked out a couple of laps before he was joined by Jonathan Rea. Series rookie Federico Caricasulo followed out on his Yamaha with Xavi Fores on a Kawasaki shortly after. Ten minutes in to the new year and only four riders were showing up on the timing screens.

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