Ducati Panigale V4 R makes strong debut

WorldSBK 2019 Phillip Island Test
Day 1 – AM Report


Alvaro Bautista and Jonathan Rea traded places at the top of the timesheets many times during this morning’s two-hour practice session at Phillip Island but Alex Lowes eventually split the pair late in the session.

When the session wound up shortly after 1300 this afternoon, it was the Ducati man topping the charts ahead of Lowes while Rea made it three different manufacturers occupying those top three spots on the timesheets.

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Alvaro Bautista – TBG Image

Tom Sykes was the leading BMW rider in seventh place just ahead of the man that replaced him at Kawasaki, Leon Haslam.

Overnight Dorna released updated RPM limits for the 2019 WorldSBK season that will be in place for the start of the season. If a single type of machine looks to have much of an advantage these limits will be reduced further during the season.  The new BMW will start season 2019 with a 14,900 rpm limit while the Kawasaki will be pegged to 14,600 rpm.

The new Ducati Panigale V4 R will start with a 16,350 rpm limit, but with both Bautista and Davies clocking by far the fastest speeds in today’s morning session, one would expect that the Ducati rev limit to be reduced in due course…

Leon Camier was 11th quickest on the Moriwaki Althea Honda.

Chaz Davies suffered some mechanical gremlins this morning with the Panigale V4 R rolling to a stop at Siberia. Limiting the number of laps the Welshman could do at pace this morning.

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Chaz Davies – TBG Image

Wildcard entrant Troy Herfoss spent the majority of the session in the pits and will be looking to move forward in this afternoon’s second two-hour bout which finishes shortly before 6pm AEDT.

Earlier in the morning World Supersport riders had also hit the track and it was a Yamaha 1-2 for the 600cc machines headed by Caricasulo.  Wildcard entrant Tom Toparis was a highly creditable ninth in that opening session.

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Tom Toparis – GeeBee Image

WorldSBK – Free Practice 1 Times

  1. Alvaro Bautista – Ducati 1m30.743 – 314.9 km/h
  2. Alex Lowes – Yamaha 1m31.146 +0.403 – 308.6 km/h
  3. Jonathan Rea – Kawasaki 1m31.189 +0.446 – 308.6 km/h
  4. Marco Melandri – Yamaha 1m31.445 +0.702 – 314 km/h
  5. Michael VanderMark – Yam 1m31.458 +0.715 – 304.2 km/h
  6. Sandro Cortese – Yamaha 1m31.639 +0.896 – 304.2 km/h
  7. Tom Sykes – BMW 1m31.740 +0.997 – 303.4 km/h
  8. Leon Haslam – Kawasaki 1m31.886 +1.143 – 308.6 km/h
  9. Markus Reiterberger – BMW 1m31.992 +1.249 – 300.0 km/h
  10. Toprak Razgatlioglu – Kaw 1m32.425 +1.682 – 302.5 km/h
  11. Leon Camier – Honda 1m32.459 +1.716 – 307.7 km/h
  12. Jordi Torres – Kawasaki 1m32.679 +1.936 – 300.0 km/h
  13. Leandro Mercado – Kaw 1m32.789 +2.046 – 300.8 km/h
  14. Ryuichi Kiyonari – Honda 1m33.171 +2.428 – 306.8 km/h
  15. Chaz Davies – Ducati 1m33.204 +2.461 – 313 km/h
  16. Eugene Laverty – Ducati 1m33.353 +2.610 – 305.1 km/h
  17. Michael Rinaldi – Ducati 1m33.843 +3.100 – 307.7 km/h
  18. A Delbianco – Hon 1m33.965 +3.222 – 292.7 km/h
  19. Troy Herfoss – Honda 1m34.961 +4.218 – 295.1 km/h

WorldSSP – Free Practice 1 Times

  1. F Caricasulo (ITA) Yamaha 1’33.882 – 272.7 km/h
  2. R Krummenacher (SUI) Yam 1’34.226 +0.346 – 266.7 km/h
  3. R De Rosa (ITA) MV Agusta 1’34.293 +0.411 – 270.0 km/h
  4. J Cluzel (FRA) Yamaha 1’34.539 +0.657 – 266.0 km/h
  5. H Okubo (JPN) Kawasaki 1’34.584 +0.702 – 272.0 km/h
  6. L Mahias (FRA) Kawasaki 1’34.807 +0.925 – 270.0 km/h
  7. I Vinales (ESP) Yamaha 1’35.369 +1.457 – 268 km/h
  8. C Perolari (FRA) Yamaha 1’35.695 +1.814 – 264.7 km/h
  9. T Toparis (AUS) Yamaha 1’35.725 +1.843 – 262.1 km/h
  10. A Badovini (ITA) Kawasaki 1’35.974 +2.002 – 256.5 km/h
  11. H Soomer (EST) Honda 1’36.305 +2.423 – 260.9 km/h
  12. F Fuligni (ITA) MV Agusta 1’36.313 +2.431 – 264.7 km/h
  13. L Cresson (BEL) Yamaha 1’36.313 +2.431 – 272 km/h
  14. P Sebestyen (HUN) Honda 1’36.331 +2.449 – 265.4 km/h
  15. H Barbera (ESP) Yamaha 1’36.636 +2.754 – 265.4 km/h

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WorldSBK  Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit

Event Schedule, 22 – 24 February 2019
Thursday 21 February 2019
TimeDurationCategorySchedule
9:0010:001:00World SSPRiders Briefing
10:00FIM Track Safety Inspection
10:0011:301:30All RidersRiders Track Familiarization
12:0013:001:00Safety Car TestTrack closed
13:5014:200:30Aus SS 300Free Practice 1
14:2514:550:30Aus SSFree Practice 1
15:0015:300:30Australian SupFree Practice 1
15:4015:500:10Parade LapsBlack Dog Ride
14:3015:301:00WorldSBKRiders Briefing
16:0017:001:00WorldSBKOfficial PhotoStart/Finish Straight
16:0017:001:00WorldSSPTechnical/Sporting ChecksPit Garages
17:0018:001:00WorldSSPOfficial PhotoStart/Finish Straight
17:0018:001:00WorldSBKTechnical/Sporting ChecksPit Garages
18:00All 1st Time RidersRiders Briefing
TBCAll ClassesTyre Stickers DistributionTechnical Bay
Friday 22 February 2019
TimeDurationCategorySchedule
8:308:400:10TimekeepingRacing Track System Test
9:109:250:15Aus SSFree Practice 2
9:309:450:15Aus SBKFree Practice 2
9:50FIM Medical Inspection
10:00FIM Track Inspection
10:3011:200:50WorldSBKFree Practice 1
11:3012:150:45WorldSSPFree Practice 1
12:2512:550:30Pit Walk 1
13:1513:300:15Aus SS 300Free Practice 2
13:3513:500:15Aus SBKQualifying
13:5514:100:15Aus SSQualifying
14:1514:300:15Aus SS300Qualifying
15:0015:500:50WorldSBKFree Practice 2
16:0016:450:45WorldSSPFree Practice 2
Saturday 23 February 2019
TimeDurationCategorySchedule
8:158:250:10TimekeepingRacing Track System Test
8:459:150:30Australian SSPRace 110 Laps 
9:20FIM Medical Inspection
9:30FIM Track Inspection
10:0010:200:20WorldSBKFree Practice 3
10:3510:550:20WorldSSPFree Practice 3
11:0511:250:20Aus SS 300Race 18 Laps –
11:3012:000:30Aus SBKRace 112 Laps 
12:1512:400:25WorldSBKTissot Superpole
12:5513:200:25WorldSSPTissot Superpole
13:4014:100:30Pit Walk 2 & Safety Car Laps
15:00WorldSBKRACE 122 LapsPit Opens: 14:40
16:1516:450:30Aus SBKRace 212 Laps 
16:5017:100:20Aus SS 300Race 28 Laps 
17:1517:450:30Aus SSPRace 210 Laps 
Sunday 24 February 2019
TimeDurationCategorySchedule
7:457:550:10TimekeepingRacing Track System Test
8:158:450:30Aus SSPRace 310 Laps
8:50FIM Medical Inspection
9:00FIM Track Inspection
09:3009:450:15WorldSBKWarm Up
09:5510:100:15WorldSSPWarm Up
10:3011:000:30Aus SBKRace 312 Laps
11:0511:350:30Pit Walk 3 & Safety Car Laps
12:00WorldSBKS-pole Race10 LapsPit Opens: 11:45
13:15WorldSSPRace18 LapsPit Opens: 13:00
15:00WorldSBKRace 222 LapsPit Opens: 14:40
16:1516:350:20Aus SS 300Race 38 laps

 

1 Lap 4,445 km

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