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Sykes stays ahead of Rea to lead Kawasaki one-two

Tom Sykes continues his stellar preseason form by topping the combined timesheets on Monday at Phillip Island, Jonathan Rea 0.19s slower.
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Following on from his impressive winter form in Spain, Tom Sykes set the early pace in Australia as he led Kawasaki team-mate Jonathan Rea on the first day of the final preseason test.

Sykes was quickest thanks to a 1m 31.097s lap that eventually saw him better Rea's best by 0.196s as the 2016 ZX-10R demonstrated its adaptability at different tracks.

In an afternoon that saw two stoppages thanks to firstly a collision between Team Toth's Peter Sebestyen and Grillini Kawasaki's Dominic Schmitter, then a frightening fall for Chaz Davies at the final corner, Michael van der Mark placed third despite failing to better his morning time.

A potential surprise in fourth came in the shape of Jordi Torres, winner of the final race of 2015, as he showed his Althea BMW was a match for the machines outside the KRT Kawasaki garage.

Indeed van der Mark's third fastest lap of 1m 31.510s was just less than two tenths of a second faster than Davies' ninth best time, underlining the added strength in depth in the 2016 field.

A late flyer promoted Nicky Hayden to fifth, as the Crescent Yamaha duo of Sylvain Guintoli (sixth) and Alex Lowes' (seventh) times were separated by 0.065s.

Xavi Fores headed up a Ducati trio in eighth, with Davies, unharmed after his high-speed fall, ninth and the returning Davide Giugliano a place behind in tenth.

There was also a crash for Milwaukee BMW's Josh Brookes, who fell at turn eleven, the same place that claimed team-mate Karel Abraham in the morning. The reigning British Superbike champion ended the day in 14th.



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Sykes, Australian WSBK 2016
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Sykes, WSBK Race2, German WSBK 2016
Jonathan Rea, WSBK Race2, German WSBK 2016
Jonathan Rea, WSBK Race2, German WSBK 2016
Sykes, WSBK Race2, German WSBK 2016
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Luvnit

February 22, 2016 8:32 PM

My money is on Jonathan Rea! Tom Sykes is out to prove he can beat Jonathan so will be all guns blazing! This is when it all starts to go wrong as too much pressure causes mistakes to happen?

auner

February 22, 2016 12:07 PM
Last Edited 143 days ago

Early days all over the motor sports yet ( the rallies excepted), but F1 and SBK have already shown sings of status-quo at horizon and motoGP may not be too far off. Don't ask me to choose between TS and JR as I don't have to bet now, but I can tell you these : - if TS might be able to demote JR, then that will be the former's best season yet (his previous WC included) - should JR succeed to make the double /back-to-back titles, the latter title will be much more disputed.



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