WSS: Parkes tops opening test session

Kawasaki score a 1-2 in the first of four World Supersport sessions to be held over the next two days.
Broc Parkes gave the local fans something to smile about as he topped the opening wet-to-dry session for the final World Supersport Championship test at Phillip Island.

The Australian rider headed a 26-strong list of riders that have ventured to the island venue to test ahead of the opening round later this week, though a damp start ensured most would keep their running to a minimum.

A successful start to the two-day test for Kawasaki, Parkes was trailed by his team-mate David Salom, the pair just one tenth apart after swapping positions at the top of the timesheets prior to the chequered flag being dropped.

The duo were comfortably ahead of third place man Sam Lowes on the Parkalgar Honda and Fabien Foret, who completed just one flying lap to go fourth best on the Ten Kate machine.

PTR Bogdanka pair James Ellison – who suffered a fall late one - and Pawel Szkopek continued their impressive build up to the opening race in fifth and sixth, ahead of stablemate Miguel Praia on the second Parkalgar CBR600RR.

Luca Scassa, Florian Marino and Chaz Davies were other riders to wait until the circuit was at its best in the final minutes to set a time, the trio filling positions eighth to tenth with their late efforts.

Elsewhere, Suriano Racing made its first WSS appearance having skipped the Portimao test, the only two-man Triumph team on the grid making a solid start with Danilo Dell'Omo in 11th and Ronan Quarmby in 16th.

Also arriving in Australia was Lorenzini Kawasaki, who went 15th with Massimo Roccoli, and Robbin Harms, who was 17th on his eponymous Honda.

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