Swiss rider Randy Krummenacher (Evan Bros Yamaha), returning to WorldSSP after a year in WorldSBK, concluded the two-day test on top after a best lap of 1:33.499. He was followed by world champion Lucas Mahias (1:33.547) and Federico Caricasulo (1:33.643) on the factory Yamahas, and then former Moto3 world champion Sandro Cortese (Kallio Racing Yamaha, 1:33.871).
The biggest news from a local perspective was the sizzling form of Ant West (Antwest EAB Kawasaki, 1:34.038), who was fifth, just in front of Briton Luke Stapleford (Profile Racing Yamaha, 1:34.074).
West has finished third in the last two WorldSSP races at Phillip Island and, based on his brilliant form on his new Kawasaki, will fancy going all the way in 2018.
West’s countrymen Tom Toparis (Cube Racing Kawasaki), Lachlan Epis (GoEleven Kawasaki) and Aiden Wagner (CIA Landlord Insurance Honda) were 17th, 23rd and 24th at the test, although the latter will not race as he continues to recover from a knee reconstruction.
The 18-lap WorldSSP race to start the season will be held at 1:20pm this Sunday.
The opening round of the 2018 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship Yamaha Finance round will feature the 22-lap WorldSBK races on Saturday and Sunday, the 18-lap WorldSSP race on Sunday, and 12 national support races during the weekend across superbike, supersport, supersport 300 and YMF R3 Cup. Aussie WorldSBK icon Troy Bayliss will make his racing comeback in superbike.
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Pre-purchase ticket sales close Wednesday February 21 at 4:00pm. Buy early and save or get your tickets at the gate from 8am Friday, Saturday and Sunday of race weekend.
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**Children 15 and under are free and must be accompanied by a paying adult.