Phillip Island WorldSBK: Krummenacher sets WorldSSP pace

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Reigning WorldSSP king Randy Krummenacher finished the second free practice at Phillip Island with a last-gasp lap to claim first place ahead of Andrea Locatelli, who had been quickest right until the very end of the session.

The Bardahl Yamaha rookie had topped the earlier opening practice session as well as being quickest in the official test. Locatelli beat fellow Italian rider Raffaele de Rosa (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) who finished the session in third place, making for a strong opening for MV Agusta in first and third.

Turkish rider Can Öncü (Turkish Racing Team) finished the session in fourth place after improving his lap times throughout. The Turkish star put in a string of good laps and cemented his fourth place in the standings.

He was one of several riders who improved after the second Red Flag, along with Isaac Vinales (Kallio Racing), who ended the session in fifth place. Odendaal was sixth at the end of the running despite the fact he was unable to return to his bike. A mixed day for the South African who will be eager to return to a strong pace tomorrow.

Corentin Perolari (GMT94 Yamaha) finished in seventh place ahead of Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) in eighth, the latter of which had a late mechanical problem on the Gardner Straight.

Despite a mechanical problem, Jules Cluzel managed to hold on to a spot in the top ten in ninth. Philipp Oettl (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) rounded out the top ten, with the German rider completing a solid day one. Spaniard Manuel Gonzalez (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) finished the session in 12th place while Britain’s Danny Webb was 15th and Australian wildcard Oli Bayliss (CUBE Racing) finished 18th.

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