2017 Motorland Aragon World Superbike FP2 Results: Rain Doesn't Slow Rea

Three quarters of the way through the session, it started to rain lightly and the pace dropped accordingly, with some riders, Jonathan Rea included, deciding to pit in and call it a day. With a few minutes left, Rea decided to head back out anyway, and recorded a 1'50.062, knocking the Ducatis of Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies down a spot. Tom Sykes was also pushed back a spot by his teammate, but all four riders improved on their mornings' times. 

Alex Lowes and Xavi Fores were unable to improive on the earlier session's times and they end the day in fifth and sixth places. Leandro Mercado, quicker on the Aprilia than Julian Simon's last-minute entry covering for the injured Lorenzo Savadori, managed to qualify for Superpole two behind Eugene Laverty as the Hondas of Stefan Bradl and Nicky Hayden just missed out in eleventh and twelfth and places.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'50.062   305,1
2 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 1'50.161 0.099 305,1
3 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'50.305 0.243 300,8
4 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'50.383 0.321 302,5
5 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 1'50.769 0.707 301,7
6 12 X. FORÉS Ducati Panigale R 1'50.894 0.832 304,2
7 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'51.054 0.992 304,2
8 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'51.385 1.323 298,3
9 36 L. MERCADO Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'51.549 1.487 306,8
10 6 S. BRADL Honda CBR1000RR 1'51.686 1.624 296,7
11 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'51.766 1.704 295,9
12 88 R. KRUMMENACHER Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'52.126 2.064 299,2
13 81 J. TORRES BMW S 1000 RR 1'52.127 2.065 304,2
14 69 N. HAYDEN Honda CBR1000RR 1'52.136 2.074 296,7
15 15 A. DE ANGELIS Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'52.183 2.121 295,1
16 21 M. REITERBERGER BMW S 1000 RR 1'52.227 2.165 300,8
17 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta 1000 F4 1'52.283 2.221 295,1
18 84 R. RUSSO Yamaha YZF R1 1'52.827 2.765 288,8
19 3 J. SIMON Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'53.875 3.813 299,2
20 86 A. BADOVINI Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'53.940 3.878 294,3
21 37 O. JEZEK Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'54.376 4.314 280,5

Qualifying:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time
    Superpole Two:    
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'50.062
2 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 1'50.161
3 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'50.305
4 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'50.383
5 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 1'50.641
6 12 X. FORÉS Ducati Panigale R 1'50.728
7 81 J. TORRES BMW S 1000 RR 1'50.798
8 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'50.956
9 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'51.054
10 36 L. MERCADO Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'51.174
    Superpole One:    
11 6 S. BRADL Honda CBR1000RR 1'51.177
12 69 N. HAYDEN Honda CBR1000RR 1'51.507
13 21 M. REITERBERGER BMW S 1000 RR 1'51.753
14 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'51.766
15 15 A. DE ANGELIS Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'52.080
16 84 R. RUSSO Yamaha YZF R1 1'52.096
17 88 R. KRUMMENACHER Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'52.126
18 2 L. CAMIER MV Agusta 1000 F4 1'52.283
19 3 J. SIMON Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'53.326
20 86 A. BADOVINI Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'53.347
21 37 O. JEZEK Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'53.729

 

Round Number: 
3
2017
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Comments

I thought Julian Simon is substituting for Savadori in the Milwaukee team and Mercado is riding last year's RSV4 for Ioda Racing? Or have they switched places?

Apart from that, I am starting to get the impression Milwaukee is not a particularly good team when it comes to preparing motorcycles. Last year with the BMWs they were way behind Althea BMW and now they manage to even mess up the RSV4, it seems. Add to all the set-up problems the oil leak/engine failure of Savadori last time out and you would say they have have quite mediocre technical people there. Hopefully I'll be proven wrong about this very soon, or Laverty in particular will get quite frustrated.

Coincidence, or are both Honda's topping out at 296.7kph / 185mph? I know these first few races are like tests for a bike as new as that, but you'd think they'd be geared to a little more than that.

Both Hondas were faster in FP1, both going over 300Km/h, so it's not a gearing issue. I suspect they were testing race pace and were planning on going faster later when the surprise rain stymied their plans.