PHILLIP ISLAND, Australia – Defending World Superbike champion Tom Sykes put his Kawasaki at the top of the time sheets on the final day of a two-day test at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.
Sykes turned the fastest lap of the test, registering a 1:30.239 during the morning session Tuesday at Phillip Island. That lap was just 5 thousands shy of Carlos Checa’s current track record lap.
Eugene Laverty, who was fastest in the afternoon session and fastest during day one of the test on his Suzuki, was classified second ahead of team mate and rookie sensation Alex Lowes. The 23 year old Lincolnshire born rider, who rode for the first time at Phillip Island only yesterday, dropped 1.1 seconds off his best lap from Monday, which was an already impressive lap time.
Italians Marco Melandri (Aprilia Racing Team) and Davide Giugliano (Ducati Superbike Team) were fourth and fifth respectively, just ahead of Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team), who suffered two crashes during the test. The Frenchman was uninjured in both occasions.
Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) showed no signs of discomfort from the injured shoulder that was surgically repaired twice during the off-season, landing seventh on the time sheets and completing 92 laps during the two days. Pata Honda duo Leon Haslam and Jonathan Rea both suffered a late test crash leaving them eighth and ninth.
The EVO category saw Althea Racing’s Niccolò Canepa riding his Ducati 1199 Panigale to an encouraging 11th overall. The former STK1000 Champion mixed it with some of the WSBK-spec machines to end the test on a high note.