Supersport race to be shortened to 15 laps due to tyre life

Tyres aren’t a problem for top of the time sheets Lowes

Photo: WSBK

For the second year running, the World Supersport race at Phillip Island has been dashed by 6 laps in order to preserve tyre life. The decision was taken to shorten the race last year after the 2011 race, in which numerous riders rear tyres burst due to being too worn.

The race was originally scheduled to run for 21 laps however after the first practice and qualifying sessions Pirelli (the control tyre supplier for WSB and WSS) and the race organisers have decided to reduce the distance to 15 laps. Phillip Island has been resurfaced over the winter, whilst making it faster has also caused grip issues, the first WSS practice session has to be stopped numerous times due to crashes.

However, fastest man on day 1, Sam Lowes says he is unsure why this decision has been taken. The 22 year old put in the fastest lap ever on a supersport machine during what he claims to be a race run in QP1. Lowes also put on social networking site twitter that he only used one tyre within the full hours session. He tweeted about the change: We will have a shorter race on Sunday now,  15 laps due to tyres… for me it is no problem to make full distance but respect Pirelli decision”

Several world superbike riders have also made comments about tyre life, a decision is expected tomorrow on whether the superbike races will be reduced.

The second qualifying session will take place this evening and the race will be broadcast live on British Eurosport from 02:00 GMT Sunday morning. 


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