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Checa, Sykes fastest again in Australia

Carlos Checa and Tom Sykes continue to set the benchmark as free testing at Phillip Island comes to an end for the week.
Reigning World Superbike Champion Carlos Checa brought the third and final day of 'free testing' at Phillip Island to a close with the fastest time, while Kawasaki's Tom Sykes continued his impressive form to maintain second.

The Althea Ducati rider, who dominated the series in 2011 to claim his first WSBK title, was again in charge as lap times continued to tumble, the Spaniard settling at an unofficial 1min 31.8secs on race tyres, a tenth faster than Sykes, who was also on race rubber.

Using a qualifying rear tyre, Leon Haslam was also able to maintain BMW's positive start to testing with a run to the third quickest time, ahead of Max Aprilia's Biaggi and the second Kawasaki of Joan Lascorz.

Jakub Smrz headed up Effenbert-Liberty Ducati's challenge in sixth, ahead of Eugene Laverty, whose day was cut short by an accident [see separate story], while Michel Fabrizio made the biggest gains over the course of the day to finish eight on the BMW Italia GoldBet machine.

Maxime Berger and Marco Melandri rounded out the top ten, just edging out Crescent Fixi Suzuki's Leon Camier, Davide Giugliano, Sylvain Guintoli, Ayrton Badovini, David Johnson, Lorenzo Zanetti, Josh Brookes and David Salom.



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Nick636

February 15, 2012 10:14 AM

Also, DEAD IMPRESSED by Sykes. Said for a while he's super fast and top class. I hope he keeps it up. Top 5, even Top 6 would make me happy this year, with regular podiums would be perfect!

Nick636

February 15, 2012 11:35 AM
Last Edited 1757 days ago

@ trr That would be, almost, unheard of! BUT it would be the ultimate start to the season! Even better, can you imagine 2 Kawasakis on the podium... WAIT! I'm getting carried away. In moments like these it is important to keep one's head, but to be honest, it is easy to get excited. I JUST WANT SOME DAM RACING!!! And of course, good luck and a speedy recovery to all the injured guys!!!



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