Motorcycle Racing News Ducati Leads 2nd Australia SBK Morning Test

Ducati Leads 2nd Australia SBK Morning Test

2011 World Superbike

Ducati riders continue to dominate in World Superbike testing at Phillip Island, Australia, Tuesday morning, with Carlos Checa (Ducati Althea Racing), Sylvain Guintoli and Jakub Smrz (Effenbert – Liberty Racing) all setting rapid times.

The Spaniard Checa was on superb form and ended up more than six-tenths of a second quicker than his French World Superbike rival with an astonishing time of 1:30.578 seconds, well under Regis Laconi’s circuit best lap from 2009.

Jonathan Rea (Castrol Honda) was the only World Superbike rider to get in between the twins in third place. Another Spanish rider, Joan Lascorz is showing impressive form here in testing , setting fifth quickest time on the factory Kawasaki machine, followed by Michel Fabrizio (Suzuki Alstare) and Marco Melandri (Yamaha).

Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia) only went out on the WSBL track at around 10 a.m. and settled for eleventh quickest time during the morning session of Day 2 at Phillip Island.

All four BMWs were in single file in the time sheets, but down in 14th to 17th places in this World Superbike test session. Leon Haslam is the best at the moment, but had two crashes this morning, luckily without any consequences.

2011 World Superbike Phillip Island Test Results, Day 2 Morning Session
1. 7 Checa C. (ESP) Ducati Superbike 1098R 1’30.578
2. 50 Guintoli S. (FRA) Ducati Superbike 1098R 1’31.196
3. 4 Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 1’31.206
4. 96 Smrz J. (CZE) Ducati Superbike 1098R 1’31.654
5. 17 Lascorz J. (ESP) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’31.866
6. 84 Fabrizio M. (ITA) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1’32.113
7. 33 Melandri M. (ITA) Yamaha YZF R1 1’32.122
8. 58 Laverty E. (IRL) Yamaha YZF R1 1’32.137
9. 66 Sykes T. (GBR) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’32.272
10. 41 Haga N. (JPN) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’32.299
11. 3 Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’32.387
12. 12 Waters J. (AUS) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1’32.394
13. 111 Xaus R. (ESP) Honda CBR1000RR 1’32.405
14. 91 Haslam L. (GBR) BMW S1000 RR 1’32.539
15. 11 Corser T. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 1’32.994
16. 52 Toseland J. (GBR) BMW S1000 RR 1’33.030

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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