Bautista dominates Phillip Island pre-season test

WorldSBK 2019 Phillip Island Test
Day 2 – PM Report

Alvaro Bautista has used the power and poise of the new Ducati Panigale V4 R, and a hefty dose of skill and bravery, to top every session of the two-day official World Superbike pre-season test at Phillip Island this week.

WSBK Test PI Day Bautista
Alvaro Bautista

Come conclusion of the afternoon session on Day 2, there was five riders under the lap record in an impressive turn of events, while some problems with tyres had been noted, with blistering occurring.

The new Ducati was also fastest through the speed traps by a considerable margin. That might cause organisers to question their recently released RPM limits for season 2019. If a single brand of machine looks to have much of an advantage these limits will be reduced further during the season, as has happened to Kawasaki in recent seasons due to their domination of the class.

Alvaro Bautista – Image by TBG Sport

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 during this Phillip Island test, one would expect that the Ducati rev limit to be reduced in due course…

Somewhat curiously BMW’s Tom Sykes and Markus Reiterberger are amongst the slowest bikes in the field through the speed trap. One would imagine that lack of top end speed would stem from poor drive off turn 12, and thus a deficit of rear grip from their current set-up with the new bike, with Tom Sykes claiming he’s still got a standard engine in their current test machines, and has given him inspiration for when the bike’s fully spec’d.

WSBK Test PI Day Sykes
Tom Sykes

It is early days yet with the new bike though and the lap-times are already quite encouraging, for Sykes in particular, who completed the final session of the day in second place, after putting in a 1’30.539 late in the session.

Many of the fastest times over the two days were set this morning, despite a few red flags because of Cape Barren Geese on circuit. This afternoon though there was wind, along with a few fine sprinkles of rain from time to time, with only a late push by Tom Sykes and Leon Haslam propelling them up the charts into second and third respectively, while Rea shaved his best time down to 1’30.722, a 0.038s improvement and retaining the number four position. Bautista also noted that he was going for race distance this afternoon, rather than outright fastest time.

Yamaha have looked strong across the two days with Pata Yamaha’s Alex Lowes quick out of the box on Monday, but it was Marco Melandri that ended up quickest overall for the tuning fork brand on a GRT Yamaha.

Marco Melandri – TBG Image

The weather this afternoon put dampers on any sort of time attack from Jonathan Rea to gain bragging rights but he has been right there across both days, and on race pace it would be a brave man to bet against him, especially after he shaved down his time in the afternoon session. Leon Haslam also looks to be adapting to the WorldSBK spec’ ZX-10RR well and is in the hunt, coming in just ahead of Rea on the sheets.

Jonathan Rea – Image by TBG Sport

The new Althea Moriwaki Honda squad will, I think, be mainly satisfied with the pace of Leon Camier and Ryuichi Kiyonari at this early stage of the game. The pair have started behind the eight-ball as the new look team did not have bikes ready for the earlier test sessions this year, thus it was the first real hit-out for the team and their riders.

Troy Herfoss had a disastrous day one with teething problems on the freshly built Penrite Honda on Monday but did make some headway this morning and at least now has a direction to follow. Herfoss though is yet to match the times he did here a few weeks ago on his lesser spec’ ASBK Superbike. Their eager anticipation towards this wildcard appearance may have waned a little on the back of their problems this week.

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

World Supersport was also on track today, with Yamaha riders Randy Krummenacher and Federico Caricasulo continuing to dominate, while Aussie teenager Tom Toparis had a big off at the high-speed turn seven this morning – leaving him with a very second-hand Yamaha and a few friction burns.

Tom Toparis had a nasty off in the morning session and wasn’t out on track during the afternoon- Image by TBG Sport

WSBK Phillip Island Test February 2019
Final Combined Times

  1. BAUTISTA Alvaro – Ducati 1’30.303 – 314.9km/h
  2. SYKES Tom – BMW 1’30.539 – 305.1km/h
  3. HASLAM Leon – Kawasaki 1’30.668 – 309.5km/h
  4. REA Jonathan – Kawasaki 1’30.722 – 313km/h
  5. MELANDRI Marco – Yamaha 1’30.760 – 305.9km/h
  6. RAZGATLIOGLU Toprak – Kawasaki 1’30.840 – 306.8km/h
  7. VAN DER MARK Michael – Yamaha 1’30.911 – 306.8km/h
  8. CORTESE Sandro – Yamaha 1’31.077 – 302.5km/h
  9. LOWES Alex – Yamaha 1’31.168 –
  10. TORRES Jordi – Kawasaki 1’31.224 – 301.7km/h
  11. MERCADO Leandro – Kawasaki 1’31.328 – 300km/h
  12. REITERBERGER Markus – BMW 1’31.376 – 303.4km/h
  13. CAMIER Leon – Honda 1’31.443 – 305.9km/h
  14. DAVIES Chaz – Ducati 1’31.796 – 312.1km/h
  15. KIYONARI Ryuichi – Honda 1’31.860 – 303.4km/h
  16. LAVERTY Eugene – Ducati 1’31.986 –
  17. RINALDI Michael Ruben – Ducati 1’32.083 – 312.1km/h
  18. DELBIANCO Alessandro – Honda 1’32.979 –
  19. HERFOSS Troy – Honda 1’33.130 – 295.1km/h

WorldSBK – Tuesday AM – Times / Speeds

  1. Alvaro Bautista – Ducati 1m30.303 – 316.7 km/h
  2. Marco Melandri – Yamaha 1m30.760 – 306.8 km/h
  3. Jonathan Rea – Kawasaki 1m30.761 – 310.3 km/h
  4. Tom Sykes – BMW 1m30.777 – 302.5 km/h
  5. Michael Van der Mark – Yamaha 1m30.911 – 312.1 km/h
  6. Leon Haslam – Kawasaki 1m30.947 – 309.5 km/h
  7. Sandro Cortese – Yamaha 1m31.077 – 308.6 km/h
  8. Alex Lowes – Yamaha 1m31.272 – 310.3 km/h
  9. Markus Reiterberger – BMW 1m31.376 – 301.7 km/h
  10. Leon Camier – Honda 1m31.443 – 309.5 km/h
  11. Toprak Razgatlioglu – Kawasaki 1m31.445 – 306.8 km/h
  12. Chaz Davies- Ducati 1m31.796 – 314.0 km/h
  13. Jordi Torres – Kawasaki 1m31.808 – 300.0 km/h
  14. Ryuichi Kiyonari – Honda 1m31.860 – 306.8 km/h
  15. Leandro Mercado – Kawasaki 1m31.942 – 303.4 km/h
  16. Eugene Laverty – Ducati 1m31.986 – 303.4 km/h
  17. Michael Rinaldi – Ducati 1m32.428 – 314 km/h
  18. Alessandreo Delbianco – Honda 1m32.979 – 294.3 km/h
  19. Troy Herfoss – Honda 1m33.130 – 300.8 km/h

World Supersport – Tuesday AM – Times

  1. Krummenacher – Yamaha 1m33.111
  2. Caricasulo – Yamaha 1m33.417
  3. Cluzel – Yamaha 1m33.791
  4. Mahias – Kawasaki 1m33.872
  5. De Rosa – MV Agusta 1m33.935
  6. Gradinger – Yamaha 1m34.184
  7. Barbera – Yamaha 1m34.282
  8. Soomer – Honda 1m34.340
  9. Perolari – Yamaha 1m34.361
  10. Okubo – Kawasaki 1m34.374
  11. Vinales – Yamaha 1m34.491
  12. Sebestyen – Honda 1m34.784
  13. Fuligni – MV Agusta 1m34.864
  14. Van Sikkelerus – Honda 1m34.872
  15. Cresson – Yamaha 1m34.918
  16. Danilo – Honda 1m35.008
  17. Toparis – Yamaha 1m35.165
  18. Herrera – Yamaha 1m35.282
  19. Badovini – Kawasaki 1m35.437
  20. Ruiu – Honda 1m35.506
  21. Hartog – Kawasaki 1m35.783
  22. Calero – Kawasaki 1m35.855
  23. Coppola – Honda 1m35.909
  24. Van Straalen – Kawasaki 1m36.765

World Supersport Final Combined Times

  1. KRUMMENACHER Randy SUI Yamaha 1’33.111
  2. CARICASULO Federico ITA Yamaha 1’33.312 +0.201
  3. DE ROSA Raffaele ITA MV Agusta 1’33.507 +0.396
  4. CLUZEL Jules FRA Yamaha 1’33.635 0.524
  5. PEROLARI Corentin FRA Yamaha 1’33.833 0.+722
  6. MAHIAS Lucas FRA Kawasaki 1’33.872 +0.761
  7. OKUBO Hikari JPN Kawasaki 1’34.135 +1.024
  8. BARBERA Hector ESP Yamaha 1’34.170 +1.059
  9. GRADINGER Thomas AUT Yamaha 1’34.184 +1.073
  10. SOOMER Hannes EST Honda 1’34.340 +1.229
  11. FULIGNI Federico ITA MV Agusta 1’34.366 +1.255
  12. VINALES Isaac ESP Yamaha 1’34.491 +1.380
  13. SEBESTYEN Peter HUN Honda 1’34.784 +1.673
  14. VAN SIKKELERUS Jaimie NED Honda 1’34.872 +1.761
  15. CRESSON Loris BEL Yamaha 1’34.918 +1.807
  16. DANILO Jules FRA Honda 1’35.008 +1.897
  17. TOPARIS Tom AUS Landbridge Transport Yamaha 1’35.165 +2.054
  18. RUIU Gabriele ITA Honda 1’35.254 +2.143
  19. HERRERA Maria ESP Yamaha 1’35.282 +2.171
  20. BADOVINI Ayrton ITA Kawasaki1’35.437 +2.326
  21. VAN STRAALEN Glenn NED Kawasaki 1’35.497 +2.386
  22. COPPOLA Alfonso ITA Honda 1’35.630 +2.519
  23. HARTOG Rob NED Kawasaki 1’35.741 +2.630
  24. CALERO Nacho ESP Kawasaki 1’35.855 +2.744

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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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