2018 Imola World Superbike FP2 Results: Rea Not As Quick But Still Quickest

Jonathan Rea was quickest in a session where he and Chaz Davies were unable to better their morning's times, ahead of an improving Marco Melandri. Lorenzo Savadori was third quickest this session on the Aprilia, fourth quickest overall, behind Davies. Eugene Laverty, having passed a medical evaluation after FP1, improved on his morning's result and was eighth quickest.

Result:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'47.038   280,7
2 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale R 1'47.150 0.112 280,0
3 32 L. SAVADORI Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'47.407 0.369 277,8
4 66 T. SYKES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'47.468 0.430 280,7
5 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale R 1'47.473 0.435 284,4
6 81 J. TORRES MV Agusta 1000 F4 1'47.572 0.534 277,8
7 12 X. FORES Ducati Panigale R 1'47.602 0.564 275,0
8 50 E. LAVERTY Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'48.085 1.047 276,4
9 22 A. LOWES Yamaha YZF R1 1'48.095 1.057 273,6
10 91 L. HASLAM Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'48.185 1.147 272,9
11 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale R 1'48.247 1.209 267,5
12 60 M. VAN DER MARK Yamaha YZF R1 1'48.315 1.277 276,4
13 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'48.428 1.390 275,7
14 40 R. RAMOS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'48.713 1.675 272,9
15 76 L. BAZ BMW S 1000 RR 1'48.745 1.707 272,9
16 2 L. CAMIER Honda CBR1000RR 1'48.945 1.907 269,5
17 45 J. GAGNE Honda CBR1000RR 1'49.024 1.986 275,7
18 36 L. MERCADO Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'49.190 2.152 270,9
19 37 O. JEZEK Yamaha YZF R1 1'49.795 2.757 268,8
20 99 P. JACOBSEN Honda CBR1000RR 1'49.909 2.871 267,5
21 68 Y. HERNANDEZ Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'50.128 3.090 270,2
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I'm impressed by Eugene Laverty's performance today! Already 9th this morning and now a good chunk faster and in 8th, despite returning a round earlier than expected, after that serious injury.

Lorenzo Savadori puzzles me. Often he is struggling to get into the top ten and also way behind Laverty, and every now and then he is all the way at the front, like now in FP2. It would be great if he could figure out how to get this speed consistently.

I can't help but still getting the impression that the Milwaukee team is not exactly the best at preparing and setting up bikes. They were getting nowhere with the BMW before and with the totally different Aprilia it's not that much better. Surely the changing rules (like losing 1100 rpm and as I understand it not even being allowed to make use of chassis adjustability that is standard on the RSV4) do not help Aprilia, but the very inconsistent speed and problems suggest that the team is often not exploiting the potential of the bike. All this judged from my arm chair, of course.

 

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Eugene is a top notch rider who's been fast on a variety of bikes -- he should be a podium contender every round. I don't remember Biaggi's bike having reliability issues. This should be a winning combination.  Too bad it's not a full factory effort.

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