News 24 Feb 2020
Razgatlioglu tops the timesheets on day one of Phillip WorldSBK test
Rookie Locatelli fastest in the WorldSSP category.
It was Pata Yamaha newcomer Toprak Razgatlioglu who topped the timesheets on the opening day of the Phillip Island Motul FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) test, edging out Tom Sykes (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK) and Loris Baz (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha).
Razgatlioglu set a blistering lap of 1m30.740s to surge to the top of the times, while Sykes and Baz set times 1m30.762s and 1m30.777s respectively.
Five-time defending champion Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) was fourth with a time of 1m30.996s, while the top five was completed by Leon Haslam (Team HRC) with a 1m30.996s lap.
Sixth went to WorldSBK rookie Scott Redding (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati), followed by Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha), Eugene Laverty (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK), Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team) and Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati). Regular front-runner Alvaro Bautista (Team HRC) was 15th.
In WorldSSP, rookie Andrea Locatelli (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team) set the pace with a lap of 1ms33.336s, edging out reigning champion Randy Krummenacher (MV Agusta Reparto Corse), whose fastest time was 1m33.638s.
Raffaele De Rosa (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) was third with a time of 1m33.671s, while the top five was rounded out by Isaac Vinales (Kallio Racing) and Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing). Australian wildcard Oli Bayliss (Cube Racing) was 16th fastest with a time of 1m35.918s.