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WorldSSP Official Pre-Season Test, Phillip Island | Yari Montella leads Ducati 1-2, Booth-Amos top ten

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Yari Montella had the honour of topping the first morning of pre-season testing for the 2024 WorldSSP Championship action as he led a Ducati 1-2 in a competitive session at Phillip Island.

With the intermediate class leading out for two days of official test action around the Australian venue prior to this weekend's opening round of the 2024 season at the same venue, Montella was only a tenth shy of the Phillip Island lap record after four hours of track running.

Indeed, with good conditions throughout, lap times tumbled as the session wore on with Montella striking out front with a 1m 32.277s effort with 45mins of the session remaining on the Barni Spark Racing Ducati Panigale V2.


It was enough to put a tenth between himself as fellow Ducati rider Adrian Huertas, the Spaniard making a strong account of himself on his debut with defending champion Aruba.it Racing, posting a 1m 32.370s time.

Federico Caricasulo was an impressive third fastest on his debut aboard MV Agusta machinery, the 2019 WorldSSP runner-up having made the switch from Ducati machinery over the winter to join the privateer Motozoo AIR Racing team.

He led a trio of Yamaha riders with 2023 vice-champion Stefano Manzi on the Ten Kate Racing machine popping up into fourth place, ahead of fellow R6 riders Lucas Mahias (GMT94) and Valentin Debise (Evan Bros. Team).

Having lost most of the 2023 WorldSSP season through injury, Oliver Bayliss made his home knowledge count as he sprung up to a fine seventh best in the closing stages of the session, just ahead of Tom Booth-Amos, the Briton - making his first appearance at Phillip Island - showing strongly for the factory-backed PTR Triumph team.

Marcel Schroetter was the best placed of the factory MV Agusta duo in ninth, with his team-mate Bahattin Sofuoglu in 11th, the pair sandwiching Jorge Navarro, who held onto tenth aboard the privateer WRP Triumph despite a crash in the final hour.

His team-mate John McPhee, meanwhile, endured a steady start to proceedings, the Scot - a surprise podium winner in a wet race at Phillip Island last year - down in 23rd, just behind the best of the new Honda CBR600RR entries, that of Khairul Idham Bin Pawi

2024 WorldSSP Pre-Season Testing | Official Testing Results, Phillip Island

Monday | Day 1 of 2 | Conditions - Dry, Sunny

🇦🇺 ⏱️ 2024 WorldSSP Pre-Season Testing Results | Phillip Island | Day 1 of 2 [Monday]
Pos.RiderNatTeamMotorcycleLap Time
1Yari Montella🇮🇹BARNI Spark RacingDucati Panigale V21m 32.277
2Adrian Huertas🇪🇦Aruba.it RacingDucati Panigale V21m 32.370
3Federico Caricasulo🇮🇹Motozoo ME AIR RacingMV Agusta F3 800 RR1m 32.529
4Stefano Manzi🇮🇹Ten Kate RacingYamaha R61m 32.535
5Lucas Mahias🇫🇷GMT94Yamaha R61m 32.730
6Valentin Debise🇫🇷Evan Bros. TeamYamaha R61m 32.872
7Oliver Bayliss🇦🇺D34G RacingDucati Panigale V21m 32.911
8Tom Booth-Amos🇬🇧PTRTriumph STR 765 RS1m 32.969
9Marcel Schroetter🇩🇪MV Agusta Reparto CorseMV Agusta F3 800 RR1m 33.004
10Jorge Navarro🇪🇦WRP-RT Motorsport by SKMTriumph STR 765 RS1m 33.018
11Bahattin Sofuoglu🇹🇷MV Agusta Reparto CorseMV Agusta F3 800 RR1m 33.111
12Tom Toparis🇦🇺Stop & Seal RacingYamaha R61m 33.248
13Can Oncu🇹🇷Kawasaki Puccetti RacingKawasaki ZX-6R1m 33.256
14Niccolo Antonelli🇮🇹Ecosantagata Althea RacingDucati Panigale V21m 33.422
15Marcel Brenner🇨🇭Viamo RacingKawasaki ZX-6R1m 33.444
16Lorenzo Baldassarri🇮🇹Orelac Racing VerdnaturaDucati Panigale V21m 33.567
17Piotr Biesiekirski🇵🇱Ecosantagata Althea RacingDucati Panigale V21m 33.678
18Niki Tuuli🇫🇮EAB RacingDucati Panigale V21m 33.680
19Anupab Sarmoon🇹🇭Yamaha Thailand Racing TeamYamaha R61m 33.727
20Yeray Ruiz🇪🇦VFT RacingYamaha R61m 34.062
21Ondrej Vostatek🇨🇿PTRTriumph STR 765 RS1m 34.136
22Khairul Idham Bin Pawi🇲🇾Petronas MIE RacingHonda CBR600RR1m 34.179
23John McPhee🇬🇧WRP-RT Motorsport by SKMTriumph STR 765 RS1m 34.356
24Glenn van Straalen🇳🇱Ten Kate RacingYamaha R61m 34.598
25Kaito Toba🇯🇵Petronas MIE RacingHonda CBR600RR1m 35.056
26Hikari Okubo🇯🇵Vince64 Racing by PuccettiKawasaki ZX-6R1m 35.604
27Krittapat Keankum🇹🇭Yamaha Thailand Racing TeamYamaha R61m 35.644

Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit | Lap Records - WorldSSP

🇦🇺 ⏱️ 🏁 Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit| Lap Records - WorldSSP
-RiderNatTeamBikeLap TImeYearClassification
-Andrea Locatelli🇬🇧BARDAHL Evan Bros. Racing Yamaha R61m 32.1762020All-Time Lap Record
-Sandro Cortese🇬🇧GRTYamaha R61m 33.0122018Best Race Lap
-Stefano Manzi🇹🇷Ten Kate RacingYamaha R61m 32.81420232023 Superpole

2024 WorldSBK & WorldSSP Pre-Season Testing Schedule & Programme

🇦🇺 ⏱️ 2024 WorldSBK Pre-Season Testing Schedule
-DayClassLocal TimeUK Time [+11hrs]
-19 Feb - MondayWorldSSP P19.10 - 13.1022.10 (Sunday) - 2.10
-19 Feb - MondayWorldSSP P213.40 - 17.402.40 - 6.40
-20 Feb - TuesdayWorldSBK P19.10 - 13.1022.10 (Sunday) - 2.10
-20 Feb - TuesdayWorldSBK P213.40 - 17.402.40 - 6.40

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