Near perfect conditions at Phillip Island saw fast times being set from the beginning of the first day of testing for the World Superbike class. The morning was especially good, with nary a breath of the wind which usually blasts across the circuit, whatever the weather.
Eugene Laverty took advantage of the conditions to set the fastest time, getting within a couple of tenths of the pole record and ending with a lead of two tenths. Both Suzukis started strong, Laverty leading while Alex Lowes ended in 5th, just under half a second behind his teammate. It was an impressive start for Lowes, riding at a track he hasn't seen before.
Davide Giugliano was 2nd fastest on the Ducati Panigale, two tenths behind Laverty and just ahead of the Kawasakis of reigning world champion Tom Sykes and Loris Baz. Giugliano's strong start looks hopeful for the Ducati, but Phillip Island is a track where Ducatis have always gone well, in all forms. Marc Melandri ended the day in 6th, six tenths behind the man he replaced at Aprilia, and fractionally ahead of Leon Haslam on the Pata Honda.
The new EVO class made a solid start to proceedings. The new, cheaper form of World Superbike machinery - basically Superstock engines in full Superbike chassis - held its own at the circuit. Niccolo Canepa was particularly impressive, ending the day in 11th and fastest EVO machine on the Ducati Panigale, just 1.3 seconds off the time of Laverty, and 1.1 behind Giugliano on the full fat factory Panigale. The rest of the EVO class - a gaggle of Kawasakis - were a little over two seconds off the pace of Laverty and the SBK machines.
Despite the perfect weather, it was not all plain sailing. There were several big crashes, Sylvain Barrier and Michel Fabrizio being transported to hospital with suspected pelvis injuries. The EBR machines of Geoff May and Aaron Yates also faced a tough shakedown, missing the second session after engine problems meant the team spent the afternoon stripping the bikes, rebuilding them and swapping engines.
|1||58||Eugene Laverty||Suzuki GSX-R1000||1:30.513|
|2||34||Davide Giugliano||Ducati Panigale 1199R||1:30.718||0.205||0.205|
|3||1||Tom Sykes||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1:30.737||0.224||0.019|
|4||76||Loris Baz||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1:30.757||0.244||0.020|
|5||22||Alex Lowes||Suzuki GSX-R1000||1:31.000||0.487||0.243|
|6||33||Marco Melandri||Aprilia RSV4||1:31.146||0.633||0.146|
|7||91||Leon Haslam||Honda CBR1000RR||1:31.172||0.659||0.026|
|8||50||Sylvain Guintoli||Aprilia RSV4||1:31.321||0.808||0.149|
|9||65||Jonathan Rea||Honda CBR1000RR||1:31.404||0.891||0.083|
|10||7||Chaz Davies||Ducati Panigale 1199R||1:31.419||0.906||0.015|
|11||59||Niccolò Canepa||Ducati Panigale 1199R EVO||1:31.897||1.384||0.478|
|12||24||Toni Elias||Aprilia RSV4||1:32.301||1.788||0.404|
|13||44||David Salom||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||1:32.636||2.123||0.335|
|14||71||Claudio Corti||MV Agusta F4 RR||1:32.858||2.345||0.222|
|15||52||Sylvain Barrier||BMW S1000 RR EVO||1:32.997||2.484||0.139|
|16||11||Jeremy Guarnoni||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||1:33.509||2.996||0.512|
|17||9||Fabien Foret||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||1:33.676||3.163||0.167|
|18||32||Sheridan Morais||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||1:33.954||3.441||0.278|
|19||23||Luca Scassa||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||1:33.960||3.447||0.006|
|20||21||Alessandro Andreozzi||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||1:34.140||3.627||0.180|
|21||84||Michel Fabrizio||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||1:34.314||3.801||0.174|
|22||10||Imre Toth||BMW S1000 RR||1:36.258||5.745||1.944|
|NC||99||Geoff May||EBR 1190 RX||1:38.152||7.639||1.894|
|NC||20||Aaron Yates||EBR 1190 RX||1:39.656||9.143||1.504|
|NC||56||Peter Sebestyen||BMW S1000 RR EVO||1:42.242||11.729||2.586|