Althea Ducati's Carlos Checa made the most of a new front suspension change to jump to the top of the time-sheets on the second day of the three-day World Superbike test at Phillip Island.
The reigning champion edged out day one pacesetter Tom Sykes on his Kawasaki, with Aprilia pair Max Biaggi and Eugene Laverty next.
Checa said: “I did not have a good night last night, suffering from indigestion, and I lost time in the morning. We continued with our plan later in the day and we found a good set-up with front suspension, which I like probably better than our standard.
“We took more time than normal to confirm that the feeling was right and we did the job today that we planned yesterday.”
Checa's fastest lap of 1m 32.2s was a tenth of a second faster than the impressive Sykes as he underlines his status as the race favourite for the opening World Superbike round at Phillip Island on February 26.
The veteran Spaniard has a formidable record at the picturesque venue, where he has won three of the last four races.