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World Superbike Phillip Island Test 2014

Monday, February 17, 2014
Sunny conditions were the order of the day as the World Superbike riders got on track at Phillip Island for the first official test of the season. After the morning's close results the times were even closer as eight of the top ten riders narrowed the gap to pacesetter Eugene Laverty (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) who, along with Kawasaki Racing Team's Loris Baz, failed to improve their lap times.



Eugene Laverty: “We surprised ourselves with the lap time today. We were a lot faster than where I’d set my goal and the fact that the bike works so well around here is nice too! Today is probably the best conditions I’ve ever had at Phillip Island, usually you have a strong head wind, strong tail wind, or it’s too hot and slippery. Today was optimum temperature with very little wind so that’s why the lap times were so quick. In terms of feedback the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki GSX-R is better than any Superbike I’ve ridden here, I can really attack the course more than I ever have done, and that gives me a lot of confidence. The rear tyres are working well too, even after 24 laps we are still under my lap record so that’s definitely positive!”

The biggest step forward was made by Davide Giugliano (Ducati Superbike Team), reigning champ Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) and Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki), who dropped 0.8s from his morning time to end the session 5th. Niccolò Canepa (Althea Racing Team) remained the fastest of the EVO competitors, also improving his time, whilst fellow EVO riders Sylvain Barrier (BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike Team) and Michel Fabrizio (Iron Brain Kawasaki SBK) both crashed. The two riders were transported to the hospital for further evaluations, both undergoing x-rays for suspected pelvis injuries.

WSBK Monday - Combined times:
1. Laverty (Suzuki) 1'30.513 average 176.912 kph
2. Giugliano (Ducati) 1'30.718
3. Sykes (Kawasaki) 1'30.737
4. Baz (Kawasaki) 1'30.757
5. Lowes (Suzuki) 1'31.000
6. Melandri (Aprilia) 1'31.146
7. Haslam (Honda) 1'31.172
8. Guintoli (Aprilia) 1'31.321
9. Rea (Honda) 1'31.404
10. Davies (Ducati) 1'31.419
11. Canepa (Ducati) 1'31.897
12. Elias (Aprilia) 1'32.301
13. Salom (Kawasaki) 1'32.636
14. Corti (MV Agusta) 1'32.858
15. Barrier (BMW) 1'32.997
16. Guarnoni (Kawasaki) 1'33.509
17. Foret (Kawasaki) 1'33.676
18. Morais (Kawasaki) 1'33.954
19. Scassa (Kawasaki) 1'33.960
20. Andreozzi (Kawasaki) 1'34.140
21. Fabrizio (Kawasaki) 1'34.314
22. Toth (BMW) 1'36.258
NC. May (EBR) 1'38.152
NC. Yates (EBR) 1'39.656
NC. Sebestyen (BMW) 1'42.242.

World Supersport

Mahi Racing Team India's Kenan Sofuoglu remained on top of the timesheets at Phillip Island courtesy of his morning's blistering lap to finish once again ahead of Dutchman Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda World Supersport), who managed to break into the 1'33s barrier in the afternoon session, and Russian Vladimir Leonov (MV Agusta RC – Yakhnich Motorsport). Fourth place Jack Kennedy (CIA Insurance Honda) went off at turn 2 after 26 laps – and was transferred to the hospital in Melbourne to undergo x-rays for a suspected broken right ankle.



WSS Monday – Combined times:
1. Sofuoglu (Kawasaki) 1'33.521 average 171.221 kph
2. Vd Mark (Honda) 1'33.918
3. Leonov (MV Agusta) 1'34.360
4. Kennedy (Honda) 1'34.393
5. Menghi (Yamaha) 1'34.402
6. Russo (Honda) 1'34.550
7. Coghlan (Yamaha) 1'34.619
8. Jacobsen (Kawasaki) 1'34.723
9. Zanetti (Honda) 1'34.860
10. Marino (Kawasaki) 1'34.944
11. Wilairot (Honda) 1'35.102
12. De Rosa (Honda) 1'35.114
13. Tamburini (Kawasaki) 1'35.137
14. Calero (Honda) 1'35.370
15. Cluzel (MV Agusta) 1'35.544
16. Staring (Honda) 1'35.651
17. Gamarino (Kawasaki) 1'35.750
18. Wahr (Yamaha) 1'35.900
19. McConnell (Triumph) 1'35.917
20. Bussolotti (Honda) 1'36.084
21. Coveña (Kawasaki) 1'36.896
22. Taylor (Yamaha) 1'37.358
23. Gowland (Triumph) 1'37.366
24. Rolfo (Kawasaki) 1'37.870
25. Ivanov (Yamaha) 1'38.232
26. Rogers (Honda) 1'39.020.
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World Superbike Racer Bios
Tom Sykes
Tom Sykes earned his first World Superbike championship title in 2013 and he returns with Kawasaki in 2014 to try for the top-spot once again. Read more on the Tom Sykes bio page.
Leon Haslam
Son of the legendary Ron Haslam, Leon Haslam is poised to make his own mark on motorcycle racing history as a leading contender for the World Superbike Championship. Read more on the Leon Haslam bio page for career highlights, pictures, and news.
Eugene Laverty
Following a successful stint in World Supersport which included back-to-back runner-up finishes, Eugene Laverty is quickly building a reputation in the premier world championship. Learn more about the Irishman on the Eugene Laverty bio page.
 
 

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customaudiodesign   February 18, 2014 12:33 PM
I really wish and hope that beIN Sports in America will get it together this season with their program listings so I can plan for watching the races. They show Superpole being shown on Friday, Feb. 21st at 7:45PM Pacific Time. Isn't that a week before the race weekend? And I can't find any listing yet for the race weekend broadcast. At least the FIM and WSBK are offering the Video Pass this year like MotoGP. That IS reliable and a much better option than relying on a ball-sports network to give some respect and reliable program listings for a world championship motorcycle racing series.