No sooner has one season ended than the next one starts. Half of the WorldSBK field has assembled at Aragon for a two-day test, to start their preparations for the 2020 season.
The day got off to a very wet start, with riders venturing out only once the weather started to lift. Once the track started to dry, work got underway. Unsurprisingly, it was Jonathan Rea who ended the day as fastest, the Kawasaki rider 1.4 seconds off pole record and 0.7 off the lap record.
Scott Redding ended the day as second fastest on his debut with the WorldSBK Aruba.it Ducati Panigale V4R, just under half a second slower than Rea, a solid start in World Superbikes for the Englishman. Michael van der Mark finished third fastest, half a second behind Rea, the Dutchman working on minor updates to his Pata Yamaha R1M while he waits for the new bike to appear at Jerez.
Chaz Davies finished fourth fastest, three tenths behind his new Ducati teammate, and just ahead of Toprak Razgatlioglu. It was the Turkish rider's first outing on the Yamaha, and he made a strong start. Razgatlioglu finished ahead the man whose seat he was taking, Alex Lowes making his first appearance on the Kawasaki, and ending just over a second behind his new teammate.
It was a bigger debut for Garrett Gerloff, the American riding a WorldSBK spec Yamaha in the GRT team for the first time. Gerloff got off to a very good start, ending ahead of his new teammate Federico Caricasulo and 1.4 seconds behind Jonathan Rea. It was the first time Gerloff had ridden on WorldSBK-spec Pirellis, and he showed promise on his first outing.
The factory Honda team of Alvaro Bautista and Leon Haslam were not at the test, Honda have elected to hold a series of private tests before joining the rest of the WorldSBK field when testing resumes in January 2020.
Also present was Ana Carrasco. The former WorldSSP300 champion was originally scheduled to ride Jonathan Rea's Kawasaki ZX10-RR superbike, but the weather forced Kawasaki to reschedule. Carrasco will now get her chance to ride the ZX10-RR at Jerez in two weeks' time.
Times after the first day:
|1||Jonathan Rea||Kawasaki ZX10-RR||1:50.416|
|45||Scott Redding||Ducati Panigale V4R||1:50.868||0.452||0.452|
|60||Michael van der Mark||Yamaha YZF-R1M||1:50.941||0.525||0.073|
|7||Chaz Davies||Ducati Panigale V4R||1:51.176||0.760||0.235|
|54||Toprak Razgatlioglu||Yamaha YZF-R1M||1:51.313||0.897||0.137|
|22||Alex Lowes||Kawasaki ZX10-RR||1:51.567||1.151||0.254|
|31||Garrett Gerloff||Yamaha YZF-R1M||1:51.867||1.451||0.300|
|2||Leon Camier||Ducati Panigale V4R||1:52.902||2.486||1.035|
|64||Federico Caricasulo||Yamaha YZF-R1M||1:53.514||3.098||0.612|
|22||Ana Carrasco||Kawasaki Ninja 400||2:09.544||19.128||16.030|