WSBK Phillip Island Test Day Two

The weather held out for the start of the final two-hour WorldSBK pre-season practice session at Phillip Island this afternoon. The ambient temperature was 21.5-degrees and the track temperature 27.5-degrees.

When pit-lane opened at 1340 the pits emptied quickly and the track was suddenly very busy indeed.

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Scott Redding exits pit-lane

Jonathan Rea was quickly back in the 1m30s and Scott Redding also dipped into that bracket for the first time this week on his fifth lap out this afternoon before then crashing on the following lap at turn ten. The Briton looked to be limping a little and favouring his hip when he returned to the pits, his V4 R was a little more worse for wear.

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Ducati mechanics swarmed around Redding’s V4 R when it came back to the pits

Nothing to do with the earlier Redding incident, but the red flag came out half-an-hour into the session for a brief interlude when  Cape Barren Geese invaded the circuit. Riders returned to pit-lane but the track was live again only minutes later.

On his first lap back out Rea improved to 1m30.526, a smidgen off his morning best of 1m30.448. Loris Baz then dropped in a 1m30.781 to further underline his consistent pace.

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Alex Lowes

The top of the time-sheets then remained static for quite some time as riders worked on testing various things for their teams.

It was not until there was only 30-minutes remaining in the session that riders started pushing for times once again. Tom Sykes recorded a 1m30.995 before returning to pit-lane. Witnesses reported a smell reminiscent of burning electrics emanating from the Factory BMW.

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BMW mechanics chase some not so great smells coming from the S 1000 RR

The final dying minutes of the session though brought little excitement. The track temperature had risen to 32.7-degrees as the afternoon had wore on and it seemed as though few riders were bothering with a last-minute time attack.

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Jonathan Rea

That was apart from Loris Baz. The 27-year-old Frenchman improved his afternoon marker to 1m30.758, still slower than his 1m30.524 set this morning. He then cruised for a lap before putting another fast one, 1m31.005.

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Loris Baz

Jonathan Rea left pit-lane with only just enough time to make it across the stripe for a final flying lap before the chequered flag came out. He was immediately under at the first split by -0.125, under again at the second but ultimately his 1m30.523 was not quite good enough to beat his morning benchmark of 1m30.448.

Leon Haslam was also a late improver and put his one and only 1m30s lap in during the final stages of the session. A 1m30.882 to the Honda man good enough to push Redding back to fourth for the session. On combined times though Haslam was fifth and Redding sixth, as both Sykes and Razgatlioglu had gone quicker in the morning session.

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Leon Haslam

The Honda of Bautista didn’t beat the 322.4 km/h speed he recorded in the morning session, but the new Fireblade was still quickest through the speed traps this afternoon at 317.6 km/h. For comparative purposes, Bautista was the fastest through the speed trap at the Phillip Island WorldSBK race event last year with 322.4 km/h on the Ducati V4 R in practice. Chaz Davies set the fastest speed here last year in a race at 321.4 km/h on the Ducati.

324.6 km/h is the outright fastest speed recorded by a World Superbike here at Phillip Island. That benchmark was set by Max Biaggi in 2012 when there was no engine RPM restrictions in WorldSBK, and no limit on the amount of engines a rider could use in a season. Biaggi is rumoured to have gone through 35 engines that season in the Aprilia RSV4. Restrictions on the number of engines allowed to be used were then introduced to counter this situation and last year only seven engines were allowed to be used by each rider over the course of the season.

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Bautista was consistently fastest through the speed traps in all sessions on the new Fireblade

Top speeds are recorded near the 200 metre board heading towards turn one. There are two timing loops set 30 metres apart, the time taken to cross that 30 metres is what is used to calculate the official speed trap figures.

Wayne Maxwell’s time on his ASBK specification Ducati Panigale V4 R at the test here a few weeks ago was 1m31.7. Pirelli shod ASBK runners use the exact same tyre specification as what the WorldSBK riders are using here today but ASBK bikes are very much standard, unlike the heavily modified World Superbike machines. Over the course of a Phillip Island race weekend ASBK riders are permitted three rear tyres, while the much busier WorldSBK riders can use 13 rear tyres over their race weekend.

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Alvaro Bautista was the busiest rider over the two days, putting in 126 laps

Alvaro Bautista put in the most laps of any rider this week at 126, 50 of those were recorded in that final two-hour session this afternoon. Alex Lowes was the next hardest worker at 124 and Van der Mark put in 123 laps.

Pace-setter Rea recorded 95 laps over the two days, and examining the lap times he put in across the test he looks to have the competition covered. It would be a brave man to bet against the Northern Irishman here this weekend at the 2020 WorldSBK season opener.

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My money is on Jonathan Rea this weekend

Phillip Island WorldSBK Testing
Final Session

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 J.   Rea Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1m30.523
2 L.   Baz Yamaha YZF R1 +0.235
3 L.   Haslam Honda CBR1000RR-R +0.359
4 S.  Redding Ducati Panigale V4 R +0.362
5 T.   Sykes BMW S1000 RR +0.472
6 M. Van Der Mark Yamaha YZF R1 +0.564
7 T.   Razgatlioglu Yamaha YZF R1 +0.776
8 M. Rinaldi Ducati Panigale V4 R +0.884
9 S.  Cortese Kawasaki ZX-10RR +1.042
10 X.  Fores Kawasaki ZX-10RR +1.130
11 E.  Laverty BMW S1000 RR +1.147
12 M. Scheib Kawasaki ZX-10RR +1.287
13 C.  Davies Ducati Panigale V4 R +1.314
14 A.  Lowes Kawasaki ZX-10RR +1.340
15 G.  Gerloff Yamaha YZF R1 +1.418
16 F.   Caricasulo Yamaha YZF R1 +1.458
17 A.  Bautista Honda CBR1000RR-R +1.482
18 L.   Camier Ducati Panigale V4 R +2.241
19 T.   Takahashi Honda CBR1000RR-R +5.791

 

Phillip Island WorldSBK Testing
Final Combined Times

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 J.    Rea Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1m30.448
2 L.    Baz Yamaha YZF R1 +0.076
3 T.    Sykes BMW S1000 RR +0.120
4 T.    Razgatlioglu Yamaha YZF R1 +0.292
5 L.    Haslam Honda CBR1000RR-R +0.434
6 S.   Redding Ducati Panigale V4 R +0.437
7 M.  Van Der Mark Yamaha YZF R1 +0.629
8 M.  Rinaldi Ducati Panigale V4 R +0.959
9 E.   Laverty BMW S1000 RR +0.988
10 A.   Bautista Honda CBR1000RR-R +1.005
11 C.   Davies Ducati Panigale V4 R +1.085
12 A.   Lowes Kawasaki ZX-10RR +1.112
13 S.   Cortese Kawasaki ZX-10RR +1.117
14 X.   Fores Kawasaki ZX-10RR +1.205
15 M.  Scheib Kawasaki ZX-10RR +1.362
16 G.   Gerloff Yamaha YZF R1 +1.493
17 F.    Caricasulo Yamaha YZF R1 +1.496
18 L.    Camier Ducati Panigale V4 R +2.228
19 T.    Takahashi Honda CBR1000RR-R +5.866

 


Phillip Island WorldSBK Testing
Tuesday Afternoon Top Speeds

Pos Rider Bike Speed
1 A. Bautista Honda CBR1000RR-R 317.6
2 C. Davies Ducati Panigale V4 R 314.9
3 L. Haslam Honda CBR1000RR-R 312.1
4 J. Rea Kawasaki ZX-10RR 310.3
5 S. Redding Ducati Panigale V4 R 310.3
6 M. Rinaldi Ducati Panigale V4 R 310.3
7 T. Razgatlioglu Yamaha YZF R1 309.5
8 E. Laverty BMW S1000 RR 309.5
9 A. Lowes Kawasaki ZX-10RR 308.6
10 G. Gerloff Yamaha YZF R1 306.8
11 F. Caricasulo Yamaha YZF R1 305.9
12 L. Camier Ducati Panigale V4 R 305.9
13 M. Scheib Kawasaki ZX-10RR 305.9
14 L. Baz Yamaha YZF R1 305.9
15 T. Sykes BMW S1000 RR 305.9
16 M. Van Der Mark Yamaha YZF R1 305.9
17 X. Fores Kawasaki ZX-10RR 305.1
18 S. Cortese Kawasaki ZX-10RR 300.8
19 T. Takahashi Honda CBR1000RR-R 290.3

 


WorldSBK Rev Limits

If you want the best explanation of how the WorldSBK rpm based parity system works then take some time to digest this interview with Scott Smart we published last year (Link).

2020 Starting Rev Limits WorldSBK
Ducati V4 16,100 rpm
Honda (2020 SC82) 15,600 rpm
Honda (2019 SC77) 15,050 rpm
MV Agusta 14,950 rpm
Yamaha 14,950 rpm
Suzuki 14,900 rpm
BMW (2020) 14,950 rpm
BMW (2019) 14,900 rpm
Aprilia 14,700 rpm
Kawasaki 14,600 rpm
Ducati V2 12,400 rpm

 


Phillip Island WorldSSP Testing

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 A.  Locatelli Yamaha YZF R6 1m32.831
2 R.  Krummenacher MV Agusta F3 675 +0.657
3 J.   Cluzel Yamaha YZF R6 +0.660
4 C.  Perolari Yamaha YZF R6 +0.850
5 P.   Oettl Kawasaki ZX-6R +0.996
6 R.  De Rosa MV Agusta F3 675 +1.048
7 S.  Odendaal Yamaha YZF R6 +1.133
8 H.  Okubo Honda CBR600RR +1.504
9 C.  Öncü Kawasaki ZX-6R +1.532
10 L.   Mahias Kawasaki ZX-6R +1.601
11 P.   Sebestyen Yamaha YZF R6 +1.702
12 H.  Soomer Yamaha YZF R6 +1.742
13 I.  Viñales Yamaha YZF R6 +2.001
14 D.  Webb Yamaha YZF R6 +2.085
15 C.  Bergman Yamaha YZF R6 +2.499
16 F.   Fuligni MV Agusta F3 675 +2.535
17 M. Gonzalez Kawasaki ZX-6R +2.552
18 A.  Verdoïa Yamaha YZF R6 +2.806
19 O.  Bayliss Yamaha YZF R6 +3.179
20 P.   Hobelsberger Honda CBR600RR +3.204
21 J.   Van Sikkelerus Yamaha YZF R6 +3.236
22 L.   Cresson Yamaha YZF R6 +3.268
23 G.  Hendra Pratama Yamaha YZF R6 /

Phillip Island WorldSSP Testing
Final Combined Times

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 A. Locatelli Yamaha YZF R6 1m32.831
2 R. Krummenacher MV Agusta F3 675 +0.657
3 J. Cluzel Yamaha YZF R6 +0.660
4 R. De Rosa MV Agusta F3 675 +0.732
5 C. Perolari Yamaha YZF R6 +0.850
6 P. Oettl Kawasaki ZX-6R +0.996
7 I. Viñales Yamaha YZF R6 +1.051
8 S. Odendaal Yamaha YZF R6 +1.055
9 L. Mahias Kawasaki ZX-6R +1.065
10 H. Okubo Honda CBR600RR +1.504
11 C. Öncü Kawasaki ZX-6R +1.532
12 H. Soomer Yamaha YZF R6 +1.617
13 P. Sebestyen Yamaha YZF R6 +1.702
14 F. Fuligni MV Agusta F3 675 +1.778
15 D. Webb Yamaha YZF R6 +1.831
16 C. Bergman Yamaha YZF R6 +1.939
17 M. Gonzalez Kawasaki ZX-6R +2.030
18 P. Hobelsberger Honda CBR600RR +2.634
19 A. Verdoïa Yamaha YZF R6 +2.806
20 O. A.Bayliss Yamaha YZF R6 +2.932
21 L. Cresson Yamaha YZF R6 +2.976
22 J. Van Sikkelerus Yamaha YZF R6 +3.236

 

Phillip Island WorldSSP Testing
Tuesday Afternoon Top Speeds

 

Pos Rider Bike Speed 
1 A. Locatelli Yamaha YZF R6 271,4
2 R. Krummenacher MV Agusta F3 675 270,7
3 M. Gonzalez Kawasaki ZX-6R 270,7
4 C. Perolari Yamaha YZF R6 269,3
5 J. Cluzel Yamaha YZF R6 268,7
6 P. Oettl Kawasaki ZX-6R 268,0
7 I. Viñales Yamaha YZF R6 267,3
8 C. Öncü Kawasaki ZX-6R 267,3
9 D. Webb Yamaha YZF R6 266,7
10 P. Sebestyen Yamaha YZF R6 266,7
11 S. Odendaal Yamaha YZF R6 266,0
12 F. Fuligni MV Agusta F3 675 266,0
13 R. De Rosa MV Agusta F3 675 265,4
14 H. Okubo Honda CBR600RR 264,1
15 L. Mahias Kawasaki ZX-6R 264,1
16 L. Cresson Yamaha YZF R6 262,8
17 H. Soomer Yamaha YZF R6 262,8
18 A. Verdoïa Yamaha YZF R6 262,8
19 C. Bergman Yamaha YZF R6 262,1
20 P. Hobelsberger Honda CBR600RR 260,9
21 O. Bayliss Yamaha YZF R6 259,0
22 J. Van Sikkelerus Yamaha YZF R6 257,8

 

 


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