Home favourite Garry McCoy proved the surprise package during pre-season testing for the World Supersport Championship as he took Triumph to the front of the field at Phillip Island.

Riding a heavily revised Triumph 675, this year prepared by BE1 Racing, McCoy was a tenth quicker than the closest competition around his local circuit.

It raises hopes that the British brand will be a factor in a championship dominated by Honda in recent years, although it wasn't multiple champions Ten Kate that got closest to McCoy on this occasion.

Instead, Yamaha were closer in pace to Triumph, with Cal Crutchlow an excellent second quickest around a circuit he has never experienced before, while his team-mate Fabien Foret reinforced his position in third, the pair one and two tenths adrift of the pace setter.

Ten Kate had to be content with fourth and fifth, with Andrew Pitt leading Kenan Sofuoglu, although both were just two and four tenths behind McCoy themselves.

McCoy's team-mate Gianluca Nannelli was sixth quickest, with Indonesia's Doni Tata Pradita slowest of the seven runners, almost three seconds behind.



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