Phillip Island SBK WM 2013 Testfahrten Tag 2 Highlights
© Infront, 2012
Spaniard Carlos Checa has vaulted up the timesheets on day two to conclude the World Superbike official test at Phillip Island with the fastest time on his Ducati, ahead of Italian BMW rider Marci Melandri and Briton Leon Camier on a Suzuki.
Checa, a four-time WSBK race winner at Phillip Island over the last three years, set a best lap of 1m31.059s on his new Panigale 1199RS to prove that he'll be ready to circulate at the front of the pack when the 2013 title commences at the recently resurfaced 4.445km grand prix circuit from this Friday to Sunday (February 22-24).
And based on the sizzling times set over the last two days on the new track, this Phillip Island WSBK round is shaping up to be the fastest on record, with the current lap record of 1:31.785 of Max Biaggi (2012) set to be dismantled in Sunday's pair of 22-lap races.
Melandri wasn't far behind Checa with a 1:31.237, while Camier (1:31.243), Kawasaki's world No. 2 Tom Sykes (1:31.261) and impressive privateer Michel Fabrizio (Aprilia, 1:31.350) have also taken to the resurfaced Phillip Island track.
There was less than one second between the top 12 riders over the two days, with title heavyweights such as Jonathan Rea (Honda), Eugene Laverty (Aprilia), Leon Haslam (Honda) and Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia) all producing times which will ensure they also give Sunday's races a big shake.
Australia's wild card, Sydney's Glenn Allerton (BMW) was 13th fastest in the test, going nearly two seconds faster on day two to stop the clock at 1:32.159; while Melbourne's Jamie Stauffer (Honda, 1:32.231) was right behind in 14th.
Twenty-one riders made it out onto the track today, including Checa's team-mate Ayrton Badovini for the first time since a big crash in private testing at Phillip Island last Friday.
Best times of two day test
1. Carlos Checa -- Ducati Panigale 1m31.059
2. Marco Melandri -- BMW 1m31.237
3. Leon Camier -- Suzuki 1m31.243
4. Tom Sykes -- Kawasaki 1m31.261
5. Michel Fabrizio -- Aprilia 1m31.350
6. Jonathan Rea -- Honda 1m31.356
7. Leon Haslam -- Honda 1m31.396
8. Eugene Laverty -- Aprilia 1m31.452
9. Davide Giugliano -- Aprilia 1m31.640
10. Sylvain Guintoli -- Aprilia 1m31.658
13. Glen Allerton -- BMW (Australia) 1m32.159
14. Jamie Stauffer -- Honda (Australia) 1m32.231