Scott Redding maintained his grip on proceedings ahead of the first Superpole for the 2020 WorldSBK Championship season at Phillip Island as he topped FP3.

The ex-MotoGP rider, making his WorldSBK debut this weekend for Ducati, waited until the last few seconds of the short 20min session to pump in a 1m 29.896s lap.

The quickest time of the weekend so far, it means Redding heads into qualifying having now set the pace in all three practice sessions aboard the Ducati Panigale V4 R.

His late effort was enough to unseat Michael van der Mark from the top spot as the Yamaha rider nonetheless underlined the performance of the new R1, while defending champion Jonathan Rea enjoyed a more positive start to the day aboard the Kawasaki ZX-10RR in third.

Ten Kate Yamaha’s Loris Baz maintained his place in the upper echelons of the leaderboard with the fourth best time, ahead of Alex Lowes, who showed a stronger turn of pace in FP3 than he has done in any other test or practice session this week.

Toprak Razgatlioglu was sixth fastest, with Tom Sykes and Eugene Laverty lifting their BMWs into the top ten in seventh and ninth positions, sandwiching the Puccetti Kawasaki of Xavi Fores. Sandro Cortese on the Pedercini Kawasaki rounded out the top ten.

After a strong Friday showing, it was a disheartening start to the day for Honda after Leon Haslam suffered a crash at Turn 4. Though he returned to the track later on he was only 18th best, while Alvaro Bautista continues to look out of sorts down in 12th place.

Elsewhere, Leon Camier failed to set a time on the Barni Ducati.