WSS: Triumph out pace Yamaha, Honda

Home favourite Garry McCoy proved the surprise package during pre-season testing for the World Supersport Championship as he took Triumph to the front of the field at Phillip Island.

Riding a heavily revised Triumph 675, this year prepared by BE1 Racing, McCoy was a tenth quicker than the closest competition around his local circuit.

It raises hopes that the British brand will be a factor in a championship dominated by Honda in recent years, although it wasn't multiple champions Ten Kate that got closest to McCoy on this occasion.

Instead, Yamaha were closer in pace to Triumph, with Cal Crutchlow an excellent second quickest around a circuit he has never experienced before, while his team-mate Fabien Foret reinforced his position in third, the pair one and two tenths adrift of the pace setter.

Ten Kate had to be content with fourth and fifth, with Andrew Pitt leading Kenan Sofuoglu, although both were just two and four tenths behind McCoy themselves.

McCoy's team-mate Gianluca Nannelli was sixth quickest, with Indonesia's Doni Tata Pradita slowest of the seven runners, almost three seconds behind.

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Shami - Unregistered

February 22, 2009 8:37 AM

Good show by McCoy !!Hope he can keep this up in races as well, so that the factories can notice him & give him a ride back in the premier classes. Would love to see him back in MotoGP on a Yamaha or a Ducati.. thats where he really belongs

ToneDef - Unregistered

February 24, 2009 10:07 PM

If there's one rider in motorcycle racing that could do with some decent luck for a change it has got to be Garry McCoy.I really hope he has a good season this year and gets through it without any more injuries.This guy was awesome on a 500 but then had a run of bad luck with silly injuries which has plagued his career,i think he could do with a good season now and certainly deserves it.This just proves what a great rider he is when things go well.WSS looks like it's going to be good this year.Well,it's good every year actually :-)

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