Jerez WorldSBK January Test, Tuesday Times: Rea Fastest As Ducati Panigale V4 Debuts

Jonathan Rea's WorldSBK reign continues, the triple world champion topping the timesheets on the first day of testing of 2018 at Jerez. The Kawasaki rider was fastest early, and was never challenged, none of the other riders able to get under the 1:40 mark.

Second fastest overall was Pata Yamaha's Alex Lowes, the Englishman just two tenths slower than Rea, and a tenth quicker than Rea's Kawasaki teammate Tom Sykes. The Ducati Duo of Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies took fourth and fifth respectively, Melandri fractionally slower than Sykes, while Davies was half a second off the pace of his teammate. 

Michael van der mark was sixth quickest, ahead of the Milwaukee Aprilia of Eugene Laverty and the Red Bull Honda of Leon Camier. American Jake Gagne, making his debut as a full time WorldSBK rider, was a second slower than his teammate.

The test was notable for the first public appearance of the Ducati Panigale V4. The 1100cc street version was launched just a couple of days ago at Valencia, but this was the first time the 1000cc race version, due to be launched at the end of this year, had been seen in public.

Below are the overall times from the day, and the times sorted by class/series.

Overall times:

Pos No Rider Bike Class Time Diff Prev
1 1 Jonathan Rea Kawasaki ZX-10RR SBK 1:39.862    
2 22 Alex Lowes Yamaha YZF-R1 SBK 1:40.064 0.202 0.202
3 66 Tom Sykes Kawasaki ZX-10RR SBK 1:40.178 0.316 0.114
4 33 Marco Melandri Ducati Panigale R SBK 1:40.238 0.376 0.060
5 7 Chaz Davies Ducati Panigale R SBK 1:40.704 0.842 0.466
6 60 Michael van der Mark Yamaha YZF-R1 SBK 1:40.758 0.896 0.054
7 50 Eugene Laverty Aprilia RSV4 RF SBK 1:40.775 0.913 0.017
8 2 Leon Camier Honda CBR1000RR SBK 1:40.888 1.026 0.113
9 59 Nicolo Canepa Yamaha YZF-R1 SBK 1:41.034 1.172 0.146
10 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia RSV4 RF SBK 1:41.038 1.176 0.004
11 76 Loris Baz BMW S1000RR SBK 1:41.129 1.267 0.091
12 21 Michael Rinaldi Ducati Panigale R STK 1:41.202 1.340 0.073
13 81 Jordi Torres MV Agusta F4 SBK 1:41.314 1.452 0.112
14 91 Leon Haslam Kawasaki ZX-10RR BSB 1:41.438 1.576 0.124
15 87 Lorenzo Zanetti Ducati Panigale V4 STK 1:41.665 1.803 0.227
16 68 Yonny Hernandez Kawasaki ZX-10RR SBK 1:42.035 2.173 0.370
17 45 Jake Gagne Honda CBR1000RR SBK 1:42.060 2.198 0.025
18 36 Leandro Mercado Kawasaki ZX-10RR SBK 1:42.143 2.281 0.083
19 54 Toprak Razgatlioglu Kawasaki ZX-10RR SBK 1:42.168 2.306 0.025
20 12 Luke Mossey Kawasaki ZX-10RR BSB 1:42.605 2.743 0.437
21 3 Raffaelle De Rosa MV Agusta F3 SSP 1:43.738 3.876 1.133
22 52 Alessandro Delbianco BMW S1000RR STK 1:43.924 4.062 0.186
23 154 Kenan Sofuoglu Kawasaki ZX-6R SSP 1:43.998 4.136 0.074
24 78 Hikari Okubo Kawasaki ZX-6R SSP 1:45.010 5.148 1.012
25 86 Ayrton Badovini MV Agusta F3 SSP 1:45.273 5.411 0.263
26 10 Nacho Calero Kawasaki ZX-6R SSP 1:45.492 5.630 0.219

Times by class / series:

Pos No Rider Bike Class Time Diff Prev
WorldSBK
1 1 Jonathan Rea Kawasaki ZX-10RR SBK 1:39.862    
2 22 Alex Lowes Yamaha YZF-R1 SBK 1:40.064 0.202 0.202
3 66 Tom Sykes Kawasaki ZX-10RR SBK 1:40.178 0.316 0.114
4 33 Marco Melandri Ducati Panigale R SBK 1:40.238 0.376 0.060
5 7 Chaz Davies Ducati Panigale R SBK 1:40.704 0.842 0.466
6 60 Michael van der Mark Yamaha YZF-R1 SBK 1:40.758 0.896 0.054
7 50 Eugene Laverty Aprilia RSV4 RF SBK 1:40.775 0.913 0.017
8 2 Leon Camier Honda CBR1000RR SBK 1:40.888 1.026 0.113
9 59 Nicolo Canepa Yamaha YZF-R1 SBK 1:41.034 1.172 0.146
10 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia RSV4 RF SBK 1:41.038 1.176 0.004
11 76 Loris Baz BMW S1000RR SBK 1:41.129 1.267 0.091
12 81 Jordi Torres MV Agusta F4 SBK 1:41.314 1.452 0.185
13 68 Yonny Hernandez Kawasaki ZX-10RR SBK 1:42.035 2.173 0.721
14 45 Jake Gagne Honda CBR1000RR SBK 1:42.060 2.198 0.025
15 36 Leandro Mercado Kawasaki ZX-10RR SBK 1:42.143 2.281 0.083
16 54 Toprak Razgatlioglu Kawasaki ZX-10RR SBK 1:42.168 2.306 0.025
 
WorldSSP
1 3 Raffaelle De Rosa MV Agusta F3 SSP 1:43.738    
2 154 Kenan Sofuoglu Kawasaki ZX-6R SSP 1:43.998 0.260 0.260
3 78 Hikari Okubo Kawasaki ZX-6R SSP 1:45.010 1.272 1.012
4 86 Ayrton Badovini MV Agusta F3 SSP 1:45.273 1.535 0.263
5 10 Nacho Calero Kawasaki ZX-6R SSP 1:45.492 1.754 0.219
 
Superstock 1000
1 21 Michael Rinaldi Ducati Panigale R STK 1:41.202    
2 87 Lorenzo Zanetti Ducati Panigale V4 STK 1:41.665 0.463 0.463
3 52 Alessandro Delbianco BMW S1000RR STK 1:43.924 2.722 2.259
 
BSB
1 91 Leon Haslam Kawasaki ZX-10RR BSB 1:41.438    
2 12 Luke Mossey Kawasaki ZX-10RR BSB 1:42.605 1.167 1.167

 

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Comments

If I were Kawasaki I would be worried.  The brand new Ducati is only a couple of tenths off the pace its first outing.  Could this finally be Chaz' year?