World Superbike 2019 is off to an interesting start down under. At the end of practice Friday, Alvaro Bautista’s new Ducati Panigale V4 was 0.14-second quicker than the Kawasaki ZX-10R of four-time Champ Jonathan Rea, followed by the other factory Kawi, followed by 2013 Champ Tom Sykes on a brand-new factory-backed BMW S1000RR – followed by a Yamaha, a Honda, and another Yamaha. We’ve got the top eight qualifiers, then, within 0.5-second of each other, on five different makes. If the goal was parity, so far so good.
Under WSBK’s new format, there’ll be another practice Saturday at 10 am, followed by Superpole at 12:15, then the first race of 2019 at 3 pm. On Sunday, there’ll be another Superpole Race at noon, followed by WSBK Race 2, again at 3 pm.
|WorldSBK Friday Practice Combined Times|
Tons more info over here at WorldSBK.