Motorland Aragon, Spain
Press releases after Sunday's WSBK round at Aragon:
The second World Superbike race at Moorland Aragon took place under higher temperatures, air temperature up from 12°C to 18°C and track from 18°C to 32°C, and while these temperatures pale in comparison to the ones at Buriram, the difference between the two requires setup and strategic changes.
Sixteen laps of Motorland Aragon without weather interrupting proceedings.
Eighteen laps of the five kilometre circuit, with everyone taking the same front tyre apart from Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes going for the softer option.
The layout of Motorland Aragon has been changed to the FIM standard, resetting all qualifying and race records, with the fiddly hairpin and chicane at the end of the track replaced with the same last turn as MotoGP, referred to as turns sixteen and seventeen but taken as a single double-apex left-hander.
World Supersport qualifying took place in 19°C weather with no major incidents.
A few days ago, rain was rumoured for Superpole, but the weather was not an issue for qualifying at Aragon.
In the untimed practice session, Tom Sykes put in the quickest lap ahead of Superpole, with the Aprilia pair of Leon Haslam and Jordi Torres half a second behind.
Kenan Sofuoglu set the fastest time in the morning's session, beating out Kyle Smith and Jules Cluzel. Qualifying is looking strung out as laptimes drop rapidly outside the top seven places and many riders have been unable to improve on their times from yesterday, including PJ Jacobsen whose time from yesterday is still the third-quickest of the weekend.
The entries for Superpole have been decided and Chaz Davies sits in provisional pole, with Jonathan Rea and Davies's Ducati teammate Xavi Forres filling out the top three spots. Kawasaki's Tom Sykes was the only rider in the top fifteen unable to improve on his best time from yesterday, but his time was good enough for him to split the Aprilias of Leon Haslam and Jordi Torres on the provisional second row.
Press releases after the first day of practice for the World Superbike series at Motorland Aragon:
Jonathan Rea, winner of three out of the four races this year, outqualified his Kawasaki teammate Tom Sykes by under two tenths of a second. The Ducati pair of Chaz Davies and Xavi Forres continue their morning's form with the third and fourth quickest times.
PJ Jacobsen sets the fastest lap of the weekend, beating out Kenan Sofuoglu for the top spot. Jules Cluzel and title leader Film Wilairot are within a second of Jacobsen's best lap.