Jerez WorldSBK & MotoGP Test Combined Times: Dovizioso, Rea Fastest From Jerez Test Week

With five days of testing complete at Jerez, the balance can be drawn up for the riders in all three series which were present. Conditions were almost perfect, with five days of sunshine and reasonably warm temperatures for the time of year. The track resurfacing, which took place during the summer, helped immensely, especially for the MotoGP teams, as they rode here on the old surface back in May.

The temperatures suited the WorldSBK riders better than the MotoGP teams. Track temperatures were closer to those prevalent at the WorldSBK weekend back in October, but nearly 20°C cooler than in May for MotoGP. Michelin had brought the same compounds used back in May, though there were no complaints from the riders.

Andrea Dovizioso finished the test as fastest overall, the factory Ducati rider a quarter of a second under the pole record set by Jorge Lorenzo back in 2015, and six tenths faster than the pole time from this year's race. Cal Crutchlow was second fastest overall, a tenth of a second under the pole record on the LCR Honda, and a tenth faster than Jorge Lorenzo on the other factory Ducati. 

Jonathan Rea was fastest of the WorldSBK riders, and fourth fastest overall on the Kawasaki ZX-10R. The Kawasaki man was vastly faster than he had been at the Spanish round of World Superbikes: a whole second under the lap record set by Marco Melandri in October, and just two hundredths of a second slower than Jorge Lorenzo's MotoGP pole record. 

Rea was one of three WorldSBK riders under the series pole record. Tom Sykes was a third of a second slower than his teammate, and eighth fastest overall, while Pata Yamaha rider Alex Lowes was three tenths slower than Sykes and eleventh fastest of the 39 riders who had lapped the track at some point during the week.

The fastest times set by each rider during the week appear below, in a list of all classes combined, as well as sorted separately by class. Below that appears a table where the riders are sorted by improvement over the different days of the test, once again both as a combined list as well as sorted by class.

Combined times from all five days of the test:

Pos No Rider Class Bike Overall Day Diff Prev
1 4 Andrea Dovizioso MGP Ducati GP17/18 1:37.663 Thursday    
2 35 Cal Crutchlow MGP Honda RC213V 1:37.818 Thursday 0.155 0.155
3 99 Jorge Lorenzo MGP Ducati GP17/18 1:37.921 Thursday 0.258 0.103
4 1 Jonathan Rea SBK Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:37.986 Friday 0.323 0.065
5 29 Andrea Iannone MGP Suzuki GSX-RR 1:38.030 Friday 0.367 0.044
6 44 Pol Espargaro MGP KTM RC16 1:38.230 Friday 0.567 0.200
7 42 Alex Rins MGP Suzuki GSX-RR 1:38.307 Friday 0.644 0.077
8 66 Tom Sykes SBK Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:38.326 Friday 0.663 0.019
9 53 Tito Rabat MGP Ducati GP17 1:38.387 Friday 0.724 0.061
10 9 Danilo Petrucci MGP Ducati GP17/18 1:38.607 Friday 0.944 0.220
11 22 Alex Lowes SBK Yamaha YZF-R1M 1:38.622 Friday 0.959 0.015
12 38 Bradley Smith MGP KTM RC16 1:38.688 Friday 1.025 0.066
13 45 Scott Redding MGP Aprilia RS-GP 1:38.778 Friday 1.115 0.090
14 43 Jack Miller MGP Ducati GP17 1:38.876 Thursday 1.213 0.098
15 21 Franco Morbidelli MGP Honda RC213V 1:38.923 Thursday 1.260 0.047
16 30 Takaaki Nakagami MGP Honda RC213V 1:38.992 Thursday 1.329 0.069
17 2 Leon Camier SBK Honda CBR1000RR 1:39.333 Friday 1.670 0.341
18 12 Xavi Fores SBK Ducati Panigale 1:39.384 Friday 1.721 0.051
19 41 Eugene Laverty MGP Aprilia RS-GP 1:39.485 Thursday 1.822 0.101
20 50 Sylvain Guintoli MGP Suzuki GSX-RR 1:39.510 Friday 1.847 0.025
21 33 Marco Melandri SBK Ducati Panigale 1:39.577 Friday 1.914 0.067
22 60 Michael van der Mark SBK Yamaha YZF-R1M 1:39.577 Friday 1.914 0.000
23 73 Alex Márquez MGP Honda RC213V 1:39.782 Thursday 2.119 0.205
24 59 Niccolo Canepa SBK Yamaha YZF-R1M 1:39.855 Friday 2.192 0.073
25 121 Michael Rinaldi SBK Ducati Panigale 1:40.223 Friday 2.560 0.368
26 10 Xavier Simeon MGP Ducati GP17 1:40.332 Thursday 2.669 0.109
27 76 Loris Baz SBK BMW S1000RR 1:40.468 Tuesday 2.805 0.136
28 50 Eugene Laverty SBK Aprilia RSV4 1:40.551 Tuesday 2.888 0.083
29 81 Jordi Torres SBK MV Agusta F4 1:40.595 Tuesday 2.932 0.044
30 7 Chaz Davies SBK Ducati Panigale 1:40.630 Wednesday 2.967 0.035
31 91 Leon Haslam BSB Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:40.768 Tuesday 3.105 0.138
32 104 Dan Linfoot BSB Honda CBR1000RR 1:40.790 Friday 3.127 0.022
33 32 Lorenzo Savadori SBK Aprilia RSV4 1:40.841 Tuesday 3.178 0.051
34 122 Jason O'Halloran BSB Honda CBR1000RR 1:40.950 Friday 3.287 0.109
35 12 Luke Mossey BSB Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:40.984 Tuesday 3.321 0.034
36 65 Leandro Mercado SBK Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:41.034 Tuesday 3.371 0.050
37 72 Takumi Takahashi MGP Honda RC213V 1:41.089 Wednesday 3.426 0.055
38 68 Yonny Hernandez SBK Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:42.476 Monday 4.813 1.387
39 10 Nacho Calero SSP Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:45.067 Tuesday 7.404 2.591

Combined times, sorted by class:

Pos No Rider Class Bike Overall Day Diff Prev
1 4 Andrea Dovizioso MGP Ducati GP17/18 1:37.663 Thursday    
2 35 Cal Crutchlow MGP Honda RC213V 1:37.818 Thursday 0.155 0.155
3 99 Jorge Lorenzo MGP Ducati GP17/18 1:37.921 Thursday 0.258 0.103
4 29 Andrea Iannone MGP Suzuki GSX-RR 1:38.030 Friday 0.367 0.109
5 44 Pol Espargaro MGP KTM RC16 1:38.230 Friday 0.567 0.200
6 42 Alex Rins MGP Suzuki GSX-RR 1:38.307 Friday 0.644 0.077
7 53 Tito Rabat MGP Ducati GP17 1:38.387 Friday 0.724 0.080
8 9 Danilo Petrucci MGP Ducati GP17/18 1:38.607 Friday 0.944 0.220
9 38 Bradley Smith MGP KTM RC16 1:38.688 Friday 1.025 0.081
10 45 Scott Redding MGP Aprilia RS-GP 1:38.778 Friday 1.115 0.090
11 43 Jack Miller MGP Ducati GP17 1:38.876 Thursday 1.213 0.098
12 21 Franco Morbidelli MGP Honda RC213V 1:38.923 Thursday 1.260 0.047
13 30 Takaaki Nakagami MGP Honda RC213V 1:38.992 Thursday 1.329 0.069
14 41 Eugene Laverty MGP Aprilia RS-GP 1:39.485 Thursday 1.822 0.493
15 50 Sylvain Guintoli MGP Suzuki GSX-RR 1:39.510 Friday 1.847 0.025
16 73 Alex Márquez MGP Honda RC213V 1:39.782 Thursday 2.119 0.272
17 10 Xavier Simeon MGP Ducati GP17 1:40.332 Thursday 2.669 0.550
18 72 Takumi Takahashi MGP Honda RC213V 1:41.089 Wednesday 3.426 0.757
                 
1 1 Jonathan Rea SBK Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:37.986 Friday    
2 66 Tom Sykes SBK Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:38.326 Friday 0.340 0.340
3 22 Alex Lowes SBK Yamaha YZF-R1M 1:38.622 Friday 0.636 0.296
4 2 Leon Camier SBK Honda CBR1000RR 1:39.333 Friday 1.347 0.711
5 12 Xavi Fores SBK Ducati Panigale 1:39.384 Friday 1.398 0.051
6 33 Marco Melandri SBK Ducati Panigale 1:39.577 Friday 1.591 0.193
7 60 Michael van der Mark SBK Yamaha YZF-R1M 1:39.577 Friday 1.591 0.000
8 59 Niccolo Canepa SBK Yamaha YZF-R1M 1:39.855 Friday 1.869 0.278
9 121 Michael Rinaldi SBK Ducati Panigale 1:40.223 Friday 2.237 0.368
10 76 Loris Baz SBK BMW S1000RR 1:40.468 Tuesday 2.482 0.245
11 50 Eugene Laverty SBK Aprilia RSV4 1:40.551 Tuesday 2.565 0.083
12 81 Jordi Torres SBK MV Agusta F4 1:40.595 Tuesday 2.609 0.044
13 7 Chaz Davies SBK Ducati Panigale 1:40.630 Wednesday 2.644 0.035
14 32 Lorenzo Savadori SBK Aprilia RSV4 1:40.841 Tuesday 2.855 0.211
15 65 Leandro Mercado SBK Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:41.034 Tuesday 3.048 0.193
16 68 Yonny Hernandez SBK Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:42.476 Monday 4.490 1.442
17 10 Nacho Calero SSP Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:45.067 Tuesday 7.081 2.591
                 
1 91 Leon Haslam BSB Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:40.768 Tuesday    
2 104 Dan Linfoot BSB Honda CBR1000RR 1:40.790 Friday 0.022 0.022
3 122 Jason O'Halloran BSB Honda CBR1000RR 1:40.950 Friday 0.182 0.160
4 12 Luke Mossey BSB Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:40.984 Tuesday 0.216 0.034

Improvement over test days:

No Rider Class Bike Best Improvement  
9 Danilo Petrucci MGP Ducati GP17/18 1:38.607 2.284  
73 Alex Márquez MGP Honda RC213V 1:39.782 1.968  
122 Jason O'Halloran BSB Honda CBR1000RR 1:40.950 1.866  
66 Tom Sykes SBK Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:38.326 1.679  
1 Jonathan Rea SBK Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:37.986 1.664  
2 Leon Camier SBK Honda CBR1000RR 1:39.333 1.523  
59 Niccolo Canepa SBK Yamaha YZF-R1M 1:39.855 1.439  
104 Dan Linfoot BSB Honda CBR1000RR 1:40.790 1.165  
121 Michael Rinaldi SBK Ducati Panigale 1:40.223 1.151  
22 Alex Lowes SBK Yamaha YZF-R1M 1:38.622 1.148  
81 Jordi Torres SBK MV Agusta F4 1:40.595 1.033  
65 Leandro Mercado SBK Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:41.034 1.007  
60 Michael van der Mark SBK Yamaha YZF-R1M 1:39.577 0.996  
76 Loris Baz SBK BMW S1000RR 1:40.468 0.884  
21 Franco Morbidelli MGP Honda RC213V 1:38.923 0.817  
4 Andrea Dovizioso MGP Ducati GP17/18 1:37.663 0.735  
10 Nacho Calero SSP Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:45.067 0.718  
12 Luke Mossey BSB Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:40.984 0.717  
38 Bradley Smith MGP KTM RC16 1:38.688 0.665  
50 Eugene Laverty SBK Aprilia RSV4 1:40.551 0.632  
12 Xavi Fores SBK Ducati Panigale 1:39.384 0.618  
45 Scott Redding MGP Aprilia RS-GP 1:38.778 0.594  
30 Takaaki Nakagami MGP Honda RC213V 1:38.992 0.592  
32 Lorenzo Savadori SBK Aprilia RSV4 1:40.841 0.533  
35 Cal Crutchlow MGP Honda RC213V 1:37.818 0.519  
91 Leon Haslam BSB Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:40.768 0.511  
41 Eugene Laverty MGP Aprilia RS-GP 1:39.485 0.510  
99 Jorge Lorenzo MGP Ducati GP17/18 1:37.921 0.497  
53 Tito Rabat MGP Ducati GP17 1:38.387 0.467  
44 Pol Espargaro MGP KTM RC16 1:38.230 0.412  
50 Sylvain Guintoli MGP Suzuki GSX-RR 1:39.510 0.253  
29 Andrea Iannone MGP Suzuki GSX-RR 1:38.030 0.250  
10 Xavier Simeon MGP Ducati GP17 1:40.332 0.210  
33 Marco Melandri SBK Ducati Panigale 1:39.577 0.138  
43 Jack Miller MGP Ducati GP17 1:38.876 0.122  
42 Alex Rins MGP Suzuki GSX-RR 1:38.307 0.053  
7 Chaz Davies SBK Ducati Panigale 1:40.630 0.000 Only rode 1 day
72 Takumi Takahashi MGP Honda RC213V 1:41.089 0.000 Only rode 1 day
68 Yonny Hernandez SBK Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:42.476 0.000 Only rode 1 day

Overall improvement by class:

No Rider Class Bike Best Improvement
9 Danilo Petrucci MGP Ducati GP17/18 1:38.607 2.284
73 Alex Márquez MGP Honda RC213V 1:39.782 1.968
21 Franco Morbidelli MGP Honda RC213V 1:38.923 0.817
4 Andrea Dovizioso MGP Ducati GP17/18 1:37.663 0.735
38 Bradley Smith MGP KTM RC16 1:38.688 0.665
45 Scott Redding MGP Aprilia RS-GP 1:38.778 0.594
30 Takaaki Nakagami MGP Honda RC213V 1:38.992 0.592
35 Cal Crutchlow MGP Honda RC213V 1:37.818 0.519
41 Eugene Laverty MGP Aprilia RS-GP 1:39.485 0.510
99 Jorge Lorenzo MGP Ducati GP17/18 1:37.921 0.497
53 Tito Rabat MGP Ducati GP17 1:38.387 0.467
44 Pol Espargaro MGP KTM RC16 1:38.230 0.412
50 Sylvain Guintoli MGP Suzuki GSX-RR 1:39.510 0.253
29 Andrea Iannone MGP Suzuki GSX-RR 1:38.030 0.250
10 Xavier Simeon MGP Ducati GP17 1:40.332 0.210
43 Jack Miller MGP Ducati GP17 1:38.876 0.122
42 Alex Rins MGP Suzuki GSX-RR 1:38.307 0.053
           
66 Tom Sykes SBK Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:38.326 1.679
1 Jonathan Rea SBK Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:37.986 1.664
2 Leon Camier SBK Honda CBR1000RR 1:39.333 1.523
59 Niccolo Canepa SBK Yamaha YZF-R1M 1:39.855 1.439
121 Michael Rinaldi SBK Ducati Panigale 1:40.223 1.151
22 Alex Lowes SBK Yamaha YZF-R1M 1:38.622 1.148
81 Jordi Torres SBK MV Agusta F4 1:40.595 1.033
65 Leandro Mercado SBK Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:41.034 1.007
60 Michael van der Mark SBK Yamaha YZF-R1M 1:39.577 0.996
76 Loris Baz SBK BMW S1000RR 1:40.468 0.884
50 Eugene Laverty SBK Aprilia RSV4 1:40.551 0.632
12 Xavi Fores SBK Ducati Panigale 1:39.384 0.618
32 Lorenzo Savadori SBK Aprilia RSV4 1:40.841 0.533
33 Marco Melandri SBK Ducati Panigale 1:39.577 0.138
           
10 Nacho Calero SSP Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:45.067 0.718
           
122 Jason O'Halloran BSB Honda CBR1000RR 1:40.950 1.866
104 Dan Linfoot BSB Honda CBR1000RR 1:40.790 1.165
12 Luke Mossey BSB Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:40.984 0.717
91 Leon Haslam BSB Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:40.768 0.511

 

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Maybe things have changed, but I've been working under the assumption that SBK machines are 40-50 hp down on the MotoGP bikes. Not only that, but they're based on production machines, whereas the latter are race-driven prototypes. 

So if that's the case, where do the millions of dollars spent on MotoGP exotica really go--I mean, if Rea and Sykes can put themselves in the top 10 of a fairly representative set of top machines and riders?

Or it it just that Kawasaki pour as much money into the ZX-10R as they would a MotoGP effort, and that the bike is so exotic that it might as well be a prototype?

Total votes: 62

were sbk times set on qualifiers?

Total votes: 98

Rea and Sykes set thier times on Q tyres but they only did 1 single flying lap each early on in the day. Also they were both on the new spec, low revving, ~12 BHP down, 2018 motors.

Lowes and VDM apparently were on race tyres

Total votes: 88

Ianone and Rins (mostly Ianone) both put a super soft Michelin in on Friday in an attempt to beat Rea’s time. Ianone was apparently quite annoyed that a super bike was faster than him and really really wanted to log the fastest time on Friday.

Suzuki did convince Michelin to give them some supersofts but it wasn’t enough, he still couldn’t beat Rea. 

How much difference is there between a Pirelli Q and a Michelin super soft race tyre is unknown but it would be very surprising if there was more than 2-3 tenths in it either way. How would a Kwak sbk go on Michelin and carbon brakes? Probably slower than it would on Pirelli’s and steel without some significant alterations to chassis stiffness and suspension response. 

Total votes: 80

Now that we have both classes on the same track at the same time, can somone please confirm the fastest WSBK lap on non-qualifying tires? Even if we're missing the factory Honda and Yamaha teams.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Total votes: 59

I don't think the social media excitement about WSB riders vs MotoGP riders was really the best conclusion to draw from the times.

The conclusion I drew is that the fact that the top couple of WSB teams are so much faster than the top BSB teams present [...and so close to MotoGP times] demonstrates exactly why WSB is struggling to put on thrilling races. Obviously there is a different rule spec between the two series - BSB being a lot closer to Superstock, which is largely echoed in most Superbike race series where Superbikes and Superstock generally run together or are the same thing - which means no wildcards running their national spec bike will do anything in a dry WSB race. Likewise if a top national superbike team steps up to WSB they will have to put in some decent investment (which they might not be able to afford to along with increased travel costs) to compete with Kawasaki and Ducati's factory teams who are at no fault but are working within a rule set which allows them to spend their way on electronics getting them close to MotoGP performance and too far out of reach of private teams. Some of the private WSB teams are probably much closer to stock regulations than we think. The WSB field is too spread out in terms of performance compared to MotoGP, BSB, and indeed compared to the European Superstock 1000 championship which has great racing (and parity between manufacturers) but the TV coverage gets buried, almost like they don't want us to know they run a great litre class championship on the same bill as WSB.

Why run a Superbike championship where the spec is so much higher than all the national series?!?

Total votes: 55