Phillip Island: Friday qualifying report

TOSELAND KEEPS BAYLISS AT BAY Brit James Toseland has drawn first blood in perfect conditions, during qualifying at the World Superbike Championship at Phillip Island. In the beautiful sunny weather, Toseland recorded the fastest ...

TOSELAND KEEPS BAYLISS AT BAY

Brit James Toseland has drawn first blood in perfect conditions, during qualifying at the World Superbike Championship at Phillip Island.

In the beautiful sunny weather, Toseland recorded the fastest lap-time during the one hour World Superbikes qualifying session, clocking 1:32.040 -- shaving a massive 0.347 seconds off Australian Troy Bayliss' morning practise time.

Bayliss had to settle for second overall, finishing ahead of Spaniard Fonsi Nieto who rounded out the top-three.

The current World Champion, whose best time of the session was 1:32.641, held the top position for the best part of the hour before being overtaken by Toseland in the latter stages.

Toseland is in fine form having won the opening round of racing in Qatar, and will be looking to double up in Australia to complete the perfect start to his racing year.

Of the other Australians who were on the track, Troy Corser finished with the fifth fastest time overall, while Steve Martin clocked in at number 12.

Karl Muggeridge managed the 13th fastest time, while Josh Brookes was the 16th fastest of the 22 riders competing.

The second qualifying session for the World Superbikes will take place on Saturday at 1:45pm local time.

-credit: ma.org.au

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Steve Martin , James Toseland , Fonsi Nieto , Troy Corser , Karl Muggeridge , Phillip Island