WSBK: Phillip Island test goes well for Checa but puts Rea in hospital ahead of season opening race on Feb 27th

WSBK: Phillip Island test goes well for Checa but puts Rea in hospital ahead of season opening race on Feb 27th

Althea Racing team rider Carlos Checa smashes Laconi’s 2009 Superpole lap record by half a second at Phillip Island -image Althea Racing

Phillip Island (Australia), Tues 22nd Feb 2011: the Althea Racing team, and rider Carlos Checa, concluded testing at the Phillip Island track, with fantastic results. The Spanish rider, having been fastest on track yesterday recorded a 1m30.578.  With this extremely impressive time, Carlos and his Ducati 1198 also smash Laconi’s 2009 Superpole lap record by half a second.

“I’d say that the test went extremely well, we worked well with the tyres and I felt comfortable on the bike right from the start. I was a little worried as we have not rested much over the winter but we did a great job here. I thank the entire team and also Pirelli for all their hard work which allowed me to record some fast times. We’ve found a strong rhythm and are very satisfied. The Ducati always goes well at Phillip Island so we’ll try to make the most of this opportunity and focus on achieving great results on Sunday.” Carlos Checa commented.

Jonathan Rea was transferred to The Alfred hospital in Melbourne to undergo x-rays and scans on his left wrist at Phillip Island

Jonathan Rea crashed during a World Superbike championship testing session at Phillip Island in Australia this afternoon, potentially jeopardising his participation in this weekend’s opening round of the 2011 championship.

Rea had set the third quickest time in this morning’s session on day two of an official WSBK test and was on his first lap this afternoon when he crashed at Phillip Island’s fast turn three, getting off his Castrol Honda CBR1000RR at around 210kph (130mph).

Rea dislocated the ring finger on his left hand but was later transferred to The Alfred hospital in Melbourne to undergo x-rays and scans on his left wrist. Despite the crash, the 24-year-old set the third fastest overall time of the test, with Carlos Checa and Sylvain Guintoli taking the top two slots.

Results Tuesday, 22 February 2011 07:33

1   7 Checa C. (ESP) Ducati 1098R 1’30.578
2  50 Guintoli S. (FRA) Ducati 1098R 1’31.196
3   4 Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 1’31.206
4  96 Smrz J. (CZE) Ducati 1098R 1’31.654
5  17 Lascorz J. (ESP) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’31.866
6   3 Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’31.870
7  84 Fabrizio M. (ITA) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1’32.113
8  33 Melandri M. (ITA) Yamaha YZF R1 1’32.122
9  58 Laverty E. (IRL) Yamaha YZF R1 1’32.137
10  66 Sykes T. (GBR) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’32.272
11  41 Haga N. (JPN) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’32.299
12  12 Waters J. (AUS) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1’32.394
13 111 Xaus R. (ESP) Honda CBR1000RR 1’32.405
14  91 Haslam L. (GBR) BMW S1000 RR 1’32.413
15  52 Toseland J. (GBR) BMW S1000 RR 1’32.880
16  11 Corser T. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 1’32.994
17  86 Badovini A. (ITA) BMW S1000 RR 1’33.233
18  67 Staring B. (AUS) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’33.398
19   6 Yanagawa A. (JPN) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’33.432
20 121 Berger M. (FRA) Ducati 1098R 1’33.485
21  44 Rolfo R. (ITA) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’33.514
22   2 Camier L. (GBR) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1’33.560
23   8 Aitchison M. (AUS) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1’33.721

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