Results From Day 1 Of World Supersport Testing At Phillip Island

Troy Siahaan
by Troy Siahaan

Despite losing the World Supersport title last year to a hard-charging Sam Lowes, Mahi Racing Team India’s Kenan Sofuoglu, aboard his Kawasaki ZX-6R, hasn’t lost any of the pace that has made him the overwhelming favorite heading into 2014. He topped the timesheets on the first day of testing at Phillip Island, setting a time of 1:33.521, putting him at near lap-record pace.

Second on the day was Dutchman Michael van der Mark, aboard the Pata Honda CBR600RR. His time of 1:33.918 made him the only other rider to dip into the 1:33’s. An impressive third goes to Vladimir Leonov (1:34.360), who switched from Yamaha machinery last year to the MV Agusta F3 675, as part of the Italian manufacturer’s factory-backed return to international racing.

American PJ Jacobsen was eighth fastest (1:34.723) in this, his rookie season in WSS. He spent last year in the British Superbike series.

Monday’s combined times:

1. Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki) 1:33.521

2. Michael Vd Mark (Honda) 1:33.918

3. Vladimir Leonov (MV Agusta) 1:34.360

4. Jack Kennedy (Honda) 1:34.393

5. Fabio Menghi (Yamaha) 1:34.402

6. Riccardo Russo (Honda) 1:34.550

7. Kevin Coghlan (Yamaha) 1:34.619

8. PJ Jacobsen (Kawasaki) 1:34.723

9. Lorenzo Zanetti (Honda) 1:34.860

10. Florian Marino (Kawasaki) 1:34.944

Troy Siahaan
Troy Siahaan

Troy's been riding motorcycles and writing about them since 2006, getting his start at Rider Magazine. From there, he moved to Sport Rider Magazine before finally landing at in 2011. A lifelong gearhead who didn't fully immerse himself in motorcycles until his teenage years, Troy's interests have always been in technology, performance, and going fast. Naturally, racing was the perfect avenue to combine all three. Troy has been racing nearly as long as he's been riding and has competed at the AMA national level. He's also won multiple club races throughout the country, culminating in a Utah Sport Bike Association championship in 2011. He has been invited as a guest instructor for the Yamaha Champions Riding School, and when he's not out riding, he's either wrenching on bikes or watching MotoGP.

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