News 10 Feb 2016

Jones concludes Phillip Island ASBK test on top

Australian Superbike Champion sets pre-season pace.

Image: Russell Colvin.

Image: Russell Colvin.

DesmoSport Ducati’s Mike Jones set the pace across two days of Australian Superbike testing at Phillip Island, his Tuesday laptime establishing him at the top of the order aboard the 1299 Panigale.

Reigning ASBK champion Jones – preparing for a wildcard appearance on 26-28 February – posted a 1m33.233s on lap 20 of 54 during day two, placing him 0.441s ahead of Kawasaki-mounted WorldSBK racer Josh Hook at 1m33.674s.

After setting the fastest time on Monday, Crankt Protein Honda Racing’s Jamie Stauffer was third with a 1m33.837s, unable to match his time from the day prior. He was ahead of teammate Troy Herfoss at 1m33.919s.

Like Hook, fellow international Bryan Staring was on track riding a private ZX-10R and ended the session fifth overall at 1m33.978s, which was ahead of ASBK regular Daniel Falzon on his Yamaha YZF-R1.

SA Kawasaki BCperformance teammates Ben Burke and Robbie Bugden were seventh and eighth respectively on the latest ZX-10R, trailed by Yamaha privateer Superbike class rookie Michael Blair and Jed Metcher, who was also preparing for a WorldSBK wildcard.

Top of the Supersport entries was Mark Chiodo with a 1m37.093s, followed by Cube Racing Kawasaki’s day one pace-setter Callum Spriggs and Alex Phillis, who will contest the WorldSSP race at the end of the month.

2016 Australian Superbike test
Phillip Island, VIC

Tuesday results:
1. Mike JONES 1m33.233s
2. Josh HOOK 1m33.674s
3. Jamie STAUFFER 1m33.837s
4. Troy HERFOSS 1m33.919s
5. Bryan STARING 1m33.978s
6. Daniel FALZON 1m34.093s
7. Ben BURKE 1m34.505s
8. Robby BUGDEN 1m34.756s
9. Michael BLAIR 1m34.767s
10. Jed METCHER 1m35.015s
11. Matt WALTERS 1m35.347s
12. John HUNT 1m36.043s
13. Trent GIBSON 1m36.578s
14. Sloan FROST 1m36.823s
15. Mark CHIODO 1m37.093s
16. Ryan HAMPTON 1m37.116s
17. Callum SPRIGGS 1m37.326s
18. Adam CHRISTIE 1m37.368s
19. Mathew HARDING 1m37.436s
20. Alex PHILLIS 1m38.148s
21. Kyle BUCKLEY 1m38.426s
22. Ryan TAYLOR 1m38.885s
23. Phil LOVETT 1m39.186s
24. Evan BYLES 1m39.566s
25. Robbie MENZIES 1m40.029s
26. Lachlan EPIS 1m40.245s
27. Patrick LI 1m41.388s
28. Kym GROSSER 1m41.700s
29. Ben WHITE 1m42.085s
30. Ryan MASRI 1m45.547s

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