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Voltcom Crescent Suzuki's Alex Lowes picked up where he left off at Phillip Island, topping the first free practice session on the GSX-R1000 after leading the way on both days of the final test earlier this week.

The British rider, now in his second season in Paul Denning's team after making his WSBK debut in 2014, chalked up his fastest lap of 1m 30.855s early in the session and the time stood for the duration of FP1, with Lowes the only rider managing to break into the 1m 30s bracket.

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Exciting rookie Jordi Torres was second fastest on the Red Devils Aprilia RSV4, 0.359s behind Lowes, while 2013 world champion Tom Sykes was the leading Kawasaki rider in third, lapping in 1m 31.403 as the Yorkshireman finished half a second down on Lowes.

Leon Haslam featured next on the second of the Red Devils Aprilias (1m 31.520s), narrowly clinching fourth on the time sheets ahead of Ulsterman Jonathan Rea, who lapped in 1m 31.541s on the factory Kawasaki ZX-10R after spending a significant period of time in the pits.

Spaniard Nico Terol completed the top six on the Althea Ducati (1m 31.614s) as he ended FP1 0.759s behind the leader.

World Superbike legend Troy Bayliss, who is standing in for the injured Davide Giugliano on the Racing Ducati, only completed three laps after spending time in the garage making adjustments to the machine. The 45-year-old was still 18th fastest despite his short stint on track as Bayliss returns to action in the series for the first time since announcing his retirement in 2008.

Fellow Racing rider Chaz Davies was seventh fastest followed by David Salom on the Pedercini Kawasaki, while Randy de Puniet - still battered and bruised after a huge tumble on Monday - improved his time significantly on the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki, lapping in 1m 32.135s to finish ninth and just over a second down on team-mate Lowes.

Britain's Leon Camier rounded out the first ten on the MV Agusta F4, while World Supersport champion Michael van der Mark was 12th quickest, completing FP1 one place ahead of reigning world champion Sylvain Guintoli, whose time of 1m 32.471s left him 1.6 seconds off the top.

Niccolo Canepa suffered a small problem with his Team Hero EBR machine, preventing him from completing a lap.