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Damp conditions have hampered the start of the World Supersport Championship weekend at Phillip Island, with most teams and riders opting to sit out the first practice session altogether.

In all, just four riders would venture out late on to complete a small set of laps, with times some 20secs down on what the leaders were achieving earlier in the week during pre-season testing.

In the end, wild-card and British Supersport regular Billy McConnell had the honour of topping the first race weekend session of the season aboard the Smiths Triumph, but had precious little competition for that accolade, with just Graeme Gowland, Ryan Taylor and Roberto Rolfo also stopping the clock

There is another hour before the first WSBK practice session gets underway, with a drier circuit expected. Despite cloud, no more rain is forecast in Melbourne for the remainder of the weekend, though the area is known for its rapid changes in climate.


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