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Old 02-23-2016, 04:33 AM   #1
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Phillip Island WSBK test Guintoli takes to the top

Just over a tenth of a second separates the top two

AS THE start of the 2016 World Superbike Championship is just around the corner, all riders took to the Phillip Island circuit today to make the most of a dry day with Sylvain Guintoli finishing day two as the fastest man.

The weather remained fair for the final day of testing before the first races of the 2016 season begin in Australia. A fully dry track meant riders were all out to put in their fastest laps despite red flags interrupting the sessions which led to large delays to track action.

At the end of the final session, Yamaha rider Guintoli was the fastest man on track despite a crash earlier in the session on his YZF-R1. The 2014 World Superbike Champion led reigning Champion Jonathan Rea by a just over a tenth of a second, with 2013 British Superbike Champion Alex Lowes registering the third best time of the afternoon.

Monday’s fastest man Tom Sykes was fourth on his Kawasaki ZX-10R with his just not as consistent as team-mate Rea. Troy Bayliss’ wildcard rider Mike Jones was the fastest Aussie of the day in 14th, with reigning BSB Champion Josh Brookes three tenths back.

Australian Josh Hook had a crash at the Southern Loop and has since been diagnosed with a dislocated left shoulder and fractured greater tubercle after being taken to the Medical Center. The Australian rider’s crash left on track at Turn 2. Marshals were unable to clear the track safely whilst bikes continued to circulate and therefore red flags were shown.

A further red flag following a crash for Roman Ramos saw the session end early, but there were only a few minute remaining.

Bikes and riders will not take to the track until Friday 26th February were the 2016 World Superbike Championship begins in Phillip Island.

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