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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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