Alvaro Bautista fastest in both sessions

WorldSBK 2019 Phillip Island Test
Day 1 – PM Report

A stiff wind caused riders all sorts of problems this afternoon and of the morning top ten it was only Tom Sykes on the new BMW, and the man that replaced him on the KRT ZX-10R, Leon Haslam, that successfully battled the breeze to lower their markers this afternoon. Sykes moving up to fourth quickest on combined times just ahead of Haslam.

Morning or afternoon, wind or no wind, the consistently fastest man of the day was Alvaro Bautista but it was his morning time that remained the fastest overall. The #19 Ducati Panigale V4 R the only machine to dip under the 1m31s benchmark today, a 1m30.743 the best of three laps in a row that the 34-year-old recorded in that 1m30s bracket during FP1.

Bautista’s best time is actually under the 1m30.848 race lap record set by Marco Melandri during last year’s second World Superbike race at Phillip Island on the V-Twin Panigale. The outright World Superbike lap record though belongs to Jonathan Rea who put in a 1m29.573 during qualifying here two years ago.

WSBK Test PI Day GeeBee Alvaro Bautista
Alvaro Bautista – GeeBee Image

Bautista’s Ducati team-mate Chaz Davies has not had such an enjoyable day. A technical gremlin this morning saw his Panigale V4 R roll to a stop at Siberia, then this afternoon the Welshman was plagued by agonising back spasms. The 32-year-old ending day one 13th on combined times.

Another rider not having any fun today was Troy Herfoss as the Penrite Honda squad try to get a handle on the new bike they have built for this one-off World Superbike wildcard effort. Proceedings are not going well at all thus far and the team will be scratching their heads. Herfoss rounded out the tail end of the timesheets today with a 1m34.961 in FP1. Worryingly he could only muster a 1m35.475 from his 13 laps this afternoon.

WSBK Test PI Day GeeBee Troy Herfoss
Troy Herfoss – GeeBee Image

The reigning ASBK Superbike Champion went more than two-seconds faster than today’s best in race trim aboard the ASBK, almost Superstock spec’, Fireblade here back in October. Some serious head scratching and spanner twirling going to be undertaken in that pit garage this evening…

WSBK Test PI Day GeeBee Troy Herfoss
Troy Herfoss – GeeBee Image

Alex Lowes is showing encouraging speed on the Pata Yamaha to clock the second fastest time of the day ahead of Jonathan Rea.

Alex Lowes – TBG Image

Along with Tom Sykes in fourth, that made for four different brands filling the top four spots on the day’s combined times.

WSBK Test PI Day GeeBee Jonathan Rea
Jonathan Rea – GeeBee Image

Marco Melandri was sixth quickest ahead of fellow Yamaha riders Michael Van der Mark and Sandro Cortese.

Marco Melandri – TBG Image

Markus Reiterberger and Toprak Razgatlioglu rounded out the top ten ahead of the leading Honda of Leon Camier.

WorldSBK RPM Limits

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…

World Supersport

In the World Supersport ranks it was a Yamaha 1-2 in both the morning and afternoon sessions but while Caricasulo topped FP1 it was team-mate Randy Krummenacher that went fractionally faster in FP2 to top the day on combined times.

WSBK Phillip Island Official Test Mon FP WSSP Krummenacher GB
Randy Krummenacher – GeeBee Image

Goulburn youngster Tom Toparis had been inside the top ten in the morning session but on combined times this afternoon the 18-year-old slipped to 14th. Still a highly creditable results in the 24-rider field. We spoke to him at the end of proceedings today and that interview can be found at this link.

WSBK Phillip Island Official Test Mon FP WSSP Toparis GB
Tom Toparis – GeeBee Image

WorldSBK Testing Phillip Island
Day One Combined Times / Best Speeds

  1. Alvaro Bautista – Ducati 1m30.743 – 314.9 km/h
  2. Alex Lowes – Yamaha 1m31.146 – 308.6 km/h
  3. Jonathan Rea – Kawasaki 1m31.189  – 308.6 km/h
  4. Tom Sykes – BMW 1m31.300  – 303.4 km/h
  5. Leon Haslam – Kawasaki 1m31.399 – 308.6 km/h
  6. Marco Melandri – Yamaha 1m31.445 – 314 km/h
  7. Michael VanderMark – Yam 1m31.458 – 304.2 km/h
  8. Sandro Cortese – Yamaha 1m31.639 – 304.2 km/h
  9. Markus Reiterberger – BMW 1m31.992 – 300.0 km/h
  10. Toprak Razgatlioglu – Kaw 1m32.050 – 302.5 km/h
  11. Leon Camier – Honda 1m32.459 – 307.7 km/h
  12. Jordi Torres – Kawasaki 1m32.670 – 300.0 km/h
  13. Chaz Davies – Ducati 1m32.706 – 313 km/h
  14. Leandro Mercado – Kaw 1m32.789 – 300.8 km/h
  15. Eugene Laverty – Ducati 1m32.797 – 305.1 km/h
  16. Ryuichi Kiyonari – Honda 1m32.962 – 306.8 km/h
  17. Michael Rinaldi – Ducati 1m33.402 – 307.7 km/h
  18. A Delbianco – Hon 1m33.949 – 292.7 km/h
  19. Troy Herfoss – Honda 1m34.961 – 295.1 km/h

WorldSSP – Combined Practice Times

  1. KRUMMENACHER Randy SUI Yamaha 1’33.820
  2. CARICASULO Federico ITA Yamaha 1’33.882 +0.062
  3. CLUZEL Jules FRA Yamaha 1’34.198 +.378
  4. MAHIAS Lucas FRA Kawasaki 1’34.222 +0.402
  5. DE ROSA Raffaele ITA MV Agusta 1’34.293 +0.473
  6. OKUBO Hikari JPN Kawasaki 1’34.584 +0.764
  7. BARBERA Hector ESP Yamaha 1’34.751 +0.931
  8. GRADINGER Thomas AUT Yamaha 1’34.753 +0.933
  9. PEROLARI Corentin FRA Yamaha 1’34.850 +1.030
  10. VINALES Isaac ESP Yamaha 1’35.369 +1.549
  11. SOOMER Hannes EST Honda 1’35.516 +1.696
  12. SEBESTYEN Peter HUN CIA Honda 1’35.581 +1.761
  13. CRESSON Loris BEL Yamaha 1’35.588 +1.768
  14. TOPARIS Tom AUS Landbridge Transport Yamaha 1’35.690 +1.870
  15. FULIGNI Federico ITA MV AGUSTA 1’35.762 +1.942
  16. BADOVINI Ayrton ITA Kawasaki 1’35.974 +2.154
  17. VAN SIKKELERUS Jaimie NED Honda 1’36.150 +2.330
  18. HERRERA Maria ESP Yamaha 1’36.214 +2.394
  19. DANILO Jules FRA Honda 1’36.421 +2.601
  20. RUIU Gabriele ITA Honda 1’36.569 +2.749
  21. COPPOLA Alfonso ITA Honda 1’36.629 +2.809
  22. CALERO Nacho ESP Kawasaki 1’36.647 +2.827
  23. HARTOG Rob NED Kawasaki 1’37.043 +3.223
  24. VAN STRAALEN Glenn NED Kawasaki 1’37.273 +3.453

WorldSSP – Free Practice 2 Times / Speeds

  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

WorldSBK  Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit

Event Schedule, 22 – 24 February 2019
Thursday 21 February 2019
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
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
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
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 kmIssued: 28 November 2018 13:00h


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