Testing has finished at last at Jerez, with the onset of the winter test ban for both MotoGP and World Superbike teams. The final day of testing for the World Superbike squads ended as it had been all week, with the Kawasaki pair on top of the timesheets, and both men breathtakingly fast once the teams broke out the qualifying tires. It was Tom Sykes who walked away as fastest, the Yorkshireman obliterating the official Superpole record by just shy of a whole second. Sykes' fast lap left Jonathan Rea in second, though he was also no slouch. Rea ended eight tenths faster than the Superpole record. There is a chance he could have gone faster, but a crash in the afternoon put an end to his day's testing.
Xavi Fores made an impressive debut as a full time WSBK rider, ending the test as third fastest on the Barni Ducati, eight tenths behind Sykes but still well under the existing Superpole record, as was Nicky Hayden. The Ten Kate Honda rider made a strong impression on his second test on the Honda CBR1000RR, adapting well to the Pirellis and riding a production bike again. Hayden ended well ahead of Chaz Davies, the first of the factory Aruba.it Ducati riders, while Davide Giugliano made good progress on his return from a long layoff from injury. Leon Camier was the last of the WSBK riders, working on major electronics updates for the MV Agusta F4.
PJ Jacobsen was the sole World Supersport rider at the test, working on improving the set up on the CBR600RR but with very little to measure himself against. Later in the afternoon, Jacobsen got a run out on Michael van der Mark's CBR1000RR, the Dutchman having left the test for a medical check up on his arm. Van der Mark warned Jacobsen via Twitter to be careful, as "she can bite." The American found that out very quickly, falling just a few minutes later, but not before setting his fastest time of the day on the Fireblade. Meanwhile, Van der Mark has been diagnosed with an overstressed muscle as the cause of his arm pain.
The MotoGP riders were also out, but no official times were available. Updates when we receive unofficial times later today.
Officially recorded times for the World Superbike riders:
|1||66||Tom Sykes||Kawasaki ZX-10R||SBK||1:39.313|
|2||65||Jonathan Rea||Kawasaki ZX-10R||SBK||1:39.524||0.211||0.211|
|3||12||Xavi Fores||Ducati 1199 R||SBK||1:40.148||0.835||0.624|
|4||69||Nicky Hayden||Honda CBR1000RR||SBK||1:40.193||0.880||0.045|
|5||7||Chaz Davies||Ducati 1199 R||SBK||1:40.774||1.461||0.581|
|6||34||Davide Giugliano||Ducati 1199 R||SBK||1:41.152||1.839||0.378|
|7||2||Leon Camier||MV Agusta 1000 F4||SBK||1:41.219||1.906||0.067|
|8||99||PJ Jacobsen||Honda CBR600RR||SSP||1:42.292||2.979||1.073|