Xerox Ducati's Troy Bayliss
lead the way in free practice one at Phillip Island in Australia, ahead of round two of the Corona Extra World Superbike Championship.
He headed off challenges from Chris Walker
on the new green PSG-1Kawasaki, and former World Champion James Toseland on the Winston Ten Kate machine. The top three all lapped in the 1 min 33 secs, with fourth place man and current World Champion Troy Corser
lapping in 1min 34.163secs on the Alstare Corona Extra Suzuki.
Japanese buddies Noriyuki Haga
and Yukio Kagayama
were in sixth and seventh respectively and this time round they didn't end up in the gravel!
Regis Laconi, now team-mate to Chris Walker
in the PSG-1 squad, came home in eighth place after a difficult weekend in Qatar. He will be hoping for better results on the Kawasaki after a lacklustre start to his season.
Former GP star Roby Rolfo rounded out the top ten on his SC Carrachi Ducati. Speaking with Crash.net ahead of the event, he admitted he is finding the World Superbike paddock very relaxed and is enjoying being here. They only had a test at Valencia pre season and so they are still improving the bike, however it won't be long before Rolfo is at the sharp end of the competition.
Steve Martin on the Foggy Petronas lapped in thirteenth position at his home circuit. The nature of the Phillip Island track lay out means corner speed is vital and the Petronas carries good corner speed, therefore the team after hoping for a strong result here. WSBK free practice (1) results – Phillip Island:
10.Roby RolfoLouise Cain