Phillip Island, Australia

2019 Philip Island World Superbike FP3 Results: Bautista Heads To Superpole On Top

Alvaro Bautista set an early 1'29 lap and then sliced another tenth off it it to get within under three tenths of a second of Jonathan Rea's pole record from 2017. Leon Haslam and Jonathan Rea made up the rest of the provisional front row, with Alex Lowes and Eugene Laverty pushing Tom Sykes down to sixth quickest. 

Superpole will be a single session later today determining the positions for race one while race two's grid will be determined by a short sprint race on Sunday morning.

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2019 Philip Island World Supersport FP2 Results: Cluzel And Caricasulo Quickest

Jules Cluzel headed a trio of Yamahas at the top, ahead of Federico Caricasulo and Randy Krummenacher. Lucas Mahias was third quickest on the Kawasaki, leading a pair of MV Agustas in the form of Raffaele De Rosa and Federico Fuligni.

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2019 Philip Island World Superbike FP2 Results: Bautista Ends Day On Top

Alvaro Bautista ended the day on top, four hundredths of a second ahead of Jonathan Rea. Taking both sessions into account, with a third Free Practice deciding Superpole tomorrow, there were thirteen riders within a second of Bautista's quickest time.

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2019 Philip Island World Supersport FP1 Results: Krummenacher Dominates Red Flagged Session

After holding the fastest time for most of the session, Randy Krummenacher was deposed by Federico Caricasulo but at the session's end, he took back the top spot, almost four tenths quicker than his rivals. Thomas Gradinger split Krummenacher and Caricasulo in the dying minutes and Raffaele De Rosa, the quickest non-Yamaha rider, was fourth quickest ahead of the French pairing of Jules Cluzel and Lucas Mahias, Mahias having switched to Kawasaki for 2019.

A red flag in the middle of the session caused a delay, but it didn't affect the results.

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2019 Philip Island World Superbike FP1 Results: Rea Leads Bautista

As the 2019 motorcycle racing season starts, four time world champion Jonathan Rea ended the first World Superbike qualifying session on top on his Kawasaki ZX-10RR, ahead of class rookie Alvaro Bautista on the brand new Ducati Panigale V4. Leon Haslam, Rea's teammate this year, was third quickest with Rea's former teammate Tom Sykes joining the BMW team in fourth place. Sandro Cortese, reigning World Supersport champion, was fifth quickest on the GRT Yamaha R1.

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Gordon Ritchie WorldSBK Blog: Premature Participation

For many years now, WorldSBK bods of all kinds have asked themselves the same question as they wake up in strange beds in Australia, at a reliably horrible 3.30am for the first few days.

Jet lag does, at least, give you time to think of an answer to it.

That question is, ‘does WorldSBK start too early in the year?’

The answer is of course a firm yes, it does.

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2019 Phillip Island WorldSBK Test Round Up: Is The Ducati As Fast As It Looks?

Alvaro Bautista wrapped up testing in Phillip Island by dominating the time sheets in all four sessions. The Ducati rider has it all signed and sealed ahead of his WorldSBK debut this weekend. The top speed of the Ducati Panigale V4R is such that he’ll blow past everyone on the straight. Single-lap speed and top speed will make it an unbeatable package. After four years of Jonathan Rea and Kawasaki, dominance we’ve traded one era for another.

So goes the logic from some quarters of the WorldSBK paddock, but don’t run to the bookies to put the mortgage on Bautista. He’ll definitely start this weekend’s races as the favorite, and rightly so after his testing performances, but that’s the thing... that was testing. Racing is a very different beast and while the headlines from testing belong to the Spaniard, the Prosecco and the trophy might land somewhere else.

Phillip Island is a track tailor made for Bautista. Carrying corner speed and big lean angles mean that the long radius corners of the final sector are his ideal type of turn. Add to this the middle sector of the lap where you sweep from one side of the track to the other, and his accurate style always works well here; there’s a reason he was a contender for the MotoGP win last year.

Old dog, new tricks

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2019 Phillip Island Test WorldSBK Day 2 Times: Bautista Dominates Last Test

Alvaro Bautista has laid down the law in Australia, the law being that the Ducati Panigale V4R is the bike to beat at Phillip Island. After dominating the first day of testing, Bautista went on to top the second day too, putting nearly a quarter of a second over his rivals.

Tom Sykes ended the test as second fastest, the BMW S1000RR clearly a competitive motorcycle in the right hands, and a tenth faster than the Kawasaki ZX-10RR of Leon Haslam. Haslam finished just ahead of his teammate and reigning champion Jonathan Rea, while Marco Melandri was the fastest Yamaha, the GRT Yamaha rider finishing fifth quickest.

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