van der Mark leads Fores in rain-hit session

Michael van der Mark posts the fastest time in the first test session at Phillip Island in a session that was interrupted by light rain showers.
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Michael van der Mark posted the fastest time in the first World Superbike testing session at Phillip Island as both Karel Abraham and Alex de Angelis suffered fast falls.

The Dutchman, who proved that he was far from out of his depth on his World Superbike debut in Australia a year ago, led Xavi Fores and Jonathan Rea on Monday morning, thanks to a 1m 31.510s lap.

Running Ten Kate Honda's new streamlined colour scheme, van der Mark set his fastest time just as de Angelis was dusting himself down after a fast fall through turn twelve, Phillip Island's fearsome final corner. The Italian was taken to the circuit medical centre for medical checks but was quickly deemed OK.

The crash brought a premature end to proceedings after the session had been stopped for the first time thanks to Peter Sebestyen's Team Toth R1 dropping oil around Siberia corner.

Once the track was cleared reigning world champion Rea assumed top spot, a place he held until the final five minutes, as light rain showers occasionally peppered the circuit. While van der Mark's speed came as little surprise, Fores backed up his speed at a previous test in Jerez with a fine second place.

Third fastest Rea led an all-British trio as Chaz Davies and Tom Sykes placed fourth and fifth with Jordi Torres, second for much of the session, the best of the BMWs in sixth.

Sylvain Guintoli, some 1.030s off van der Mark's pace, was seventh ahead of Davide Giugliano, Josh Brookes and Alex Lowes. American Nicky Hayden was just outside the top ten in eleventh.

Milwaukee BMW's Karel Abraham was another faller early in the session. The Czech rider high-sided at turn eleven but was declared fit after being taken to the medical centre.

World Superbike testing resumes at 15.40 local time.

Tagged as: hayden , abraham , Torres , Angelis

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