Haslam and Lowes complete the podium, Torres ahead of Sykes in fourth.
The 24-year-old Englishman was the first rider to break the 1’35 barrier to record a 1’34.685s lap time.
The Briton on lap record pace on the opening day of WorldSBK action
The 2015 eni FIM World Superbike Championship officially began with a series of events that also celebrated 25 years of WorldSBK competition at the iconic Phillip Island GP Circuit.
With almost perfect weather conditions the 25 protagonists relished the opportunity to fine tune their machines.
Laverty fights his way back to win after poor start.
The season starts this coming weekend in Australia.