2017 Phillip Island WSBK Test: Fores, Cluzel Top Weather-Affected Day

After three glorious days for MotoGP testing, the weather at Phillip Island has taken a turn for the worse. The first day of the final two-day test for the WorldSBK series ahead of this weekend's opener was hampered by strong winds and intermittent showers, wreaking havoc on the teams' testing programs.

The World Supersport series had the best of the weather, the first hour of the morning taking place on a track that was pretty well dry, but the rain hit shortly after that. Showers continued through the first session for the World Superbike class, but relented in the afternoon, giving the WorldSBK men a little dry track time.

Xavi Forés ended the day on top of the timesheets in the World Superbike class, putting in a couple of quick laps at the very end of the day. The Barni Ducati rider bumped reigning WorldSBK champion Jonathan Rea off top spot, the Kawasaki rider holding on to second ahead of Marco Melandri on the factory Ducati. Michael van der Mark, who led the timesheets early on in the session, finished fourth on the Yamaha, just ahead of Leon Camier on the MV Agusta.

In the World Supersport class, it was Jules Cluzel who was quickest, the CIA Landlord Insurance Honda rider taking over from Robbie Rolfo on the MV Agusta. Kyle Smith was the third fastest man, finishing ahead of Hikari Okubo. All times were set in the morning, as the WorldSSP class' afternoon session remained wet.

Kenan Sofuoglu made his first return to the track after breaking bones in his hand. The reigning World Supersport champion went out on track in the morning, but did not ride in the afternoon, not willing to risk falling and reinjuring his hand in the tricky conditions on track.

World Superbike times:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev Session
1 12 Xavi Forés Ducati Panigale R 1:31.412     FP2
2 1 Jonathan Rea Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:31.823 0.411 0.411 FP2
3 33 Marco Melandri Ducati Panigale R 1:32.216 0.804 0.393 FP2
4 60 Michael van der Mark Yamaha YZF R1 1:32.440 1.028 0.224 FP2
5 2 Leon Camier MV Agusta 1000 F4 1:32.591 1.179 0.151 FP2
6 66 Tom Sykes Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:32.663 1.251 0.072 FP2
7 15 Alex De Angelis Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:32.687 1.275 0.024 FP2
8 7 Chaz Davies Ducati Panigale R 1:32.723 1.311 0.036 FP2
9 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia RSV4 RF 1:32.837 1.425 0.114 FP2
10 22 Alex Lowes Yamaha YZF R1 1:33.169 1.757 0.332 FP2
11 69 Nicky Hayden Honda CBR1000RR 1:33.198 1.786 0.029 FP2
12 6 Stefan Bradl Honda CBR1000RR 1:33.353 1.941 0.155 FP2
13 81 Jordi Torres BMW S 1000 RR 1:33.482 2.070 0.129 FP2
14 50 Eugene Laverty Aprilia RSV4 RF 1:33.635 2.223 0.153 FP2
15 21 Markus Reiterberger BMW S 1000 RR 1:33.836 2.424 0.201 FP2
16 25 Josh Brookes Yamaha YZF R1 1:34.259 2.847 0.423 FP2
17 88 Randy Krummenacher Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:34.822 3.410 0.563 FP2
18 40 Roman Ramos Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:35.385 3.973 0.563 FP2
19 84 Riccardo Russo Yamaha YZF R1 1:35.395 3.983 0.010 FP2
20 86 Ayrton Badovini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:37.210 5.798 1.815 FP2
21 37 Ondrej Jezek Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:38.558 7.146 1.348 FP2

World Supersport times:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev Session
1 16 Jules Cluzel Honda CBR600RR 1:35.365     FP1
2 44 Roberto Rolfo MV Agusta F3 675 1:35.559 0.194 0.194 FP1
3 111 Kyle Smith Honda CBR600RR 1:36.031 0.666 0.472 FP1
4 78 Hikari Okubo Honda CBR600RR 1:36.187 0.822 0.156 FP1
5 63 Zulfahmi Khairuddin Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:36.263 0.898 0.076 FP1
6 1 Kenan Sofuoglu Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:36.264 0.899 0.001 FP1
7 144 Lucas Mahias Yamaha YZF R6 1:36.317 0.952 0.053 FP1
8 4 Gino Rea Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:36.399 1.034 0.082 FP1
9 99 PJ Jacobsen MV Agusta F3 675 1:36.558 1.193 0.159 FP1
10 10 Nacho Calero Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:36.578 1.213 0.020 FP1
11 66 Niki Tuuli Yamaha YZF R6 1:36.643 1.278 0.065 FP1
12 64 Federico Caricasulo Yamaha YZF R6 1:36.867 1.502 0.224 FP1
13 25 Alex Baldolini MV Agusta F3 675 1:36.883 1.518 0.016 FP1
14 77 Kyle Ryde Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:37.127 1.762 0.244 FP1
15 81 Luke Stapleford Triumph Daytona 675 1:37.260 1.895 0.133 FP1
16 70 Robin Mulhauser Honda CBR600RR 1:37.274 1.909 0.014 FP1
17 26 Kazuki Watanabe Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:37.524 2.159 0.250 FP1
18 83 Lachlan Epis Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:37.675 2.310 0.151 FP1
19 41 Aidan Wagner Honda CBR600RR 1:37.798 2.433 0.123 FP1
20 32 Sheridan Morais Yamaha YZF R6 1:37.915 2.550 0.117 FP1
21 13 Ant West Yamaha YZF R6 1:38.670 3.305 0.755 FP1
22 65 Michele Canducci Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:39.392 4.027 0.722 FP1
23 11 Christian Gamarino Honda CBR600RR 1:39.787 4.422 0.395 FP1
24 35 Stefan Hill Triumph Daytona 675 1:42.930 7.565 3.143 FP1
25 22 Matt Edwards Triumph Daytona 675 1:43.095 7.730 0.165 FP1
26 7 Davide Pizzoli MV Agusta F3 675 1:45.672 10.307 2.577 FP1

 

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