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Rapid Rea ends Phillip Island WorldSBK test on top

Tuesday, February 20 2018

Treble World Champion Jonathan Rea ended World Superbike pre-season testing on top of the pile at Australia's Phillip Island, but all indicators point towards a competitive start to the season, which gets underway down under this weekend.

Rea overcame another crash in the early stages of the test to set the quickest time of the two day test, but only 0.128s ahead of Ducati's Marco Melandri, who fastest time came in Monday's opening session.

Rea's team mate Tom Sykes was third, only 0.076s behind Melandri, with Eugene Laverty fourth on the Milwaukee Aprilia, and Xavi Fores fifth on the Barni Ducati.

Next up was the Pata Yamaha pair of Michael van der Mark and Alex Lowes, with Leon Camier eighth on the Red Bull Honda. BMW's Loris Baz and Lorenzo Savadori completed the top-10, with Savadori less than a second away from the ultimate pace.

The opening World Superbike Championship rounds of the year take place at the circuit this weekend, with the field then competing in Thailand, Spain, Netherlands and Italy before heading to Donington Park on 25-27 May for the only UK round.

World Superbike official test, Phillip Island, combined results:

1. Jonathan Rea, Kawasaki Racing Team, 1m30.598
2. Marco Melandri, Aruba.it Racing Ducati, +0.128s
3. Tom Sykes, Kawasaki Racing Team, +0.206s
4. Eugene Laverty, Milwaukee Aprilia, +0.476s
5. Xavi Fores, Barni Racing Team Ducati, +0.478s
6. Michael van der Mark, Pata Yamaha, +0.533s
7. Alex Lowes, Pata Yamaha, +0.772s
8. Leon Camier, Red Bull Honda, +0.939s
9. Loris Baz, Gulf Althea BMW, +0.944s
10. Lorenzo Savadori, Milwaukee Aprilia, +0.981s

The only UK round of World Superbikes takes place at Donington Park on 25-27 May, with tickets starting at £28, with reduced prices for teens 13-15 and free admission for children aged 12 and under. For more information, click here