A week ahead of the 2016 World Superbike season opener at Phillip Island, the grid was at the Australian circuit for the final preseason test. Just like the MotoGP testing there last week, rain affected most of the test session.Leading the way Monday at the 2.76-mile circuit containing 12 corners was the 2013 World SBK Champion Tom Sykes. The Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja pilot posted a quickest time of 1:31.097 aboard the redesigned 2016 Kawasaki ZX-10R.
Read our 2016 Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja Review.Sykes finished 0.196 of a second ahead of his teammate, the reigning World SBK Champion Jonathan Rea. During the afternoon sessions, Althea BMW’s Jordi Torres finished third, just ahead of Honda’s newest WSBK pilot – the 2006 MotoGP Champion Nicky Hayden. Fifth went to 2014 World SBK Champion Sylvain Guintoli aboard the returning Yamaha YZF-R1.But on the combined timesheets, Hayden’s teammate Michael Van der Mark earned third overall – he was the only rider in the top 10 to not improve during the afternoon session.Speaking of the test, World SBK says “With light rain a constant threat throughout most of the day, the second session also saw stoppages for red flags and crashes for many riders including Milwaukee pair Abraham and Brookes for separate incidents at turn 11, as well as Peter Sebestyen, Dominic Schmitter and 2015 title contender Ducati Team’s Chaz Davies.“Davies, who escaped unhurt from a fall at the final turn on his Panigale R, ended the day in ninth on the combined timesheets with a tenth and a half advantage over Aruba.it Ducati teammate Davide Giugliano as Barni Racing Team’s Xavi Fores proved the fastest 1199 Panigale R of the day.”It’s worth noting that Sykes also lead the other preseason test at Jerez as the Brit seeks a second World SBK title. All riders will return to the Phillip Island circuit Tuesday for the final day of preseason testing ahead of the season opener, which gets underway February 26 in Australia.For more, visit World Superbike News.
Zero Electric ADV Bike + Al and Bridget from Throw Your Leg Over
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome to Motos and Friends, a weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
Electric mobility is everywhere nowadays. Whether it’s a car, a truck, an assisted bicycle, a scooter, or any number of new innovations, the electric revolution is certainly here. In this week’s first segment, Nic de Sena took a ride on Zero’s recently announced new Adventure bike—the Zero DSR-X. There’s been a lot of hype about this new arrival on the ADV scene, and of course the questions are many. Nic talks to me about whether Zero actually have a credible, alternative energy ADV bike—or if the machine is just simply an empty promise.
In our second segment, I chat with Al and Bridget from ‘Throw Your Leg Over’. They took time out to record this episode from somewhere in the middle of Romania, of all places.
These interesting Aussies have traveled—and painstakingly documented—the thousands of miles they’ve covered riding the best roads and sights through Australia, Tasmania, Europe, eastern Europe, and Scandinavia, among other places.