The six-time Champion topped the times by just over a tenth of a second ahead of Toprak Razgatlioglu
Sunday’s action for the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship kicked off with a 15-minute Warm Up session at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit during the Grand Ridge Brewery Australian Round, with Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) topping the times in the final Warm Up session of the season. He was just over a tenth clear of his nearest rivals are taking to the track later in the session compared to other riders as he looks to add to his Race 1 victory in Sunday’s two encounters.
Rea opted to leave the pits with just under nine minutes left of the session left and immediately set his stall out, with his fastest lap time coming at the start of his five-lap stint when he posted a 1’31.062s. Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK) completed a nine-lap stint in Warm Up, one shy of the Tissot Superpole Race distance, as he posted a time just 0.131s slower than Rea, while teammate Andrea Locatelli completed the top three and was around two tenths down on his teammate.
Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) was fourth and he almost matched Locatelli’s time, the pair separated by just 0.026s at the end of the 15-minute session with Lowes only completing six laps during the session; the fewest of anyone on the grid. Newly-crowned Champion Alvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) was fifth after he set a 1’31.451s while Garrett Gerloff (GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK) started his final day during a round as a Yamaha rider in sixth place and the top Independent rider.
Rookie Philipp Oettl (Team Goeleven) was seventh as he continued his strong performances at Phillip Island, finishing as the second-fastest Ducati in Warm Up. He was around four tenths clear of Loris Baz (Bonovo Action BMW) as the Frenchman led the BMW charge on Sunday morning with a 1’32.459s while Axel Bassani (Motocorsa Racing) and Scott Redding (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) rounded out the top ten.
The top six following WorldSBK Warm Up, full results here:
1. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) 1’31.062s
2. Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK) +0.131s
3. Andrea Locatelli (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK) +0.342s
4. Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) +0.368s
5. Alvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) +0.389s
6. Garrett Gerloff (GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team) +0.526s
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