Phillip Island WSBK: Redding quickest in practice for Ducati

Rachit Thukral
motorsport.com

With the first practice taking place on a damp Phillip Island circuit, all of the day’s quickest times were set in the dry second session.

Kawasaki’s Alex Lowes led the way when practice resumed in the afternoon, immediately moving to the top of the charts with a time of 1m31.336s.

Leon Haslam, who left Kawasaki to join the factory Honda team over the winter, then took over the top, breaking the 1m31s barrier with a 1m30.936s flyer.

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A red flag was thrown soon after to recover debris from track, and although the session went back to green soon after, Haslam’s benchmark remained unbeaten until the final two minutes of practice.

Redding, making his WSBK debut for the factory Ducati team, set a blistering time of 1m30.436s, dethroning Haslam by half a second.

Moments later, Razgatlioglu also managed to better Haslam’s chart-topping time, albeit finishing over four tenths down on Redding, before Michael van der Mark (Yamaha) relegated the Honda rider to fourth.

Loriz Baz finished fifth for the Ten Kate Yamaha team, while five-time champion Jonathan Rea’s late effort of 1m30.978s was only good enough for sixth.

Tom Sykes was the lead BMW rider in seventh, while Alvaro Bautista was next up in eighth on his debut weekend with Honda.

Puccetti Kawasaki of Xaxi Fores.

Chaz Davies was only 13th quickest on the second of the two factory Ducatis, over a second slower than teammate Redding, who also topped the morning session in the wet.

The field was propped up by multiple Suzuka 8 Hours winner Takumi Takahashi, who is making his full-time WSBK debut with the MIE Althea Honda team.

FP2 results:

1

45

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Scott Redding

Ducati

1'30.436

 

2

54

Turkey
Turkey

Toprak Razgatlioglu

Yamaha

1'30.854

0.418

3

60

Netherlands
Netherlands

Michael van der Mark

Yamaha

1'30.905

0.469

4

91

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Leon Haslam

Honda

1'30.936

0.500

5

76

France
France

Loris Baz

Yamaha

1'30.973

0.537

6

1

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Jonathan Rea

Kawasaki

1'30.978

0.542

7

66

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Tom Sykes

BMW

1'31.161

0.725

8

19

Spain
Spain

Alvaro Bautista

Honda

1'31.201

0.765

9

21

Italy
Italy

Michael Ruben Rinaldi

Ducati

1'31.213

0.777

10

12

Spain
Spain

Xavi Fores

Kawasaki

1'31.265

0.829

11

22

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Alex Lowes

Kawasaki

1'31.336

0.900

12

11

Germany
Germany

Sandro Cortese

Kawasaki

1'31.397

0.961

13

7

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Chaz Davies

Ducati

1'31.478

1.042

14

50

Ireland
Ireland

Eugene Laverty

BMW

1'31.747

1.311

15

31

United States
United States

Garrett Gerloff

Yamaha

1'31.898

1.462

16

64

Italy
Italy

Federico Caricasulo

Yamaha

1'32.008

1.572

17

77

Chile
Chile

Maximilian Scheib

Kawasaki

1'32.030

1.594

18

2

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Leon Camier

Ducati

1'32.649

2.213

19

13

Japan
Japan

Takumi Takahashi

Honda

1'34.995

4.559

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