Five-time champion Jonathan Rea continues to rule the roost in World Superbike championship. The Kawasaki rider topped the timesheets for much of the first day of the test in Jerez, ending the day as fastest, after spending Thursday working on race pace on used tires and on getting the most out of the engine of the Kawasaki ZX-10RR, to take on the might of the Ducati Panigale V4 R.
Two Yamahas finished behind Rea, Toprak Razgatlioglu getting impressively close to the Kawasaki, just a couple of hundredths slower than Rea. Pata Yamaha teammate Michael van der Mark was third quickest, a third of a second behind Rea, and a quarter of a second ahead of Rea's new teammate and Van der Mark's old teammate Alex Lowes on the Kawasaki. Loris Baz put the Ten Kate Yamaha into fifth, a further third of a second behind Lowes.
Scott Redding ended the first day over nine tenths behind Rea, and half a second ahead of his Aruba.it Ducati teammate Chaz Davies. Redding had a crash earlier in the day on the Panigale V4 R, but was still the best of the Ducatis, carrying on the momentum he built up at the first test in Aragon.
Tom Sykes was seventh fastest on the BMW S1000RR, the Yorkshireman continuing to work towards making the BMW more competitive, while his new teammate Eugene Laverty, reunited with former crew chief Marcus Eschenbacher, was half a second behind Sykes on his debut on the BMW.
The Hondas of Alvaro Bautista and Leon Haslam are conspicuous by their absence. The factory Honda team has decided to start the first part of their testing program at private tests, allowing them to develop the brand new Honda CBR1000RR-R out of sight of the media and rival teams. They will only start to test in public in January.
In the WorldSSP class, reigning champion Randy Krummenacher topped the timesheets on the MV Agusta, just edging out newcomer Philipp Oettl on the Kawasaki, who was in turn faster than the fleet of Yamahas behind him, which included Isaac Viñales, Andrea Locatelli, Steven Odendaal, and Hannes Soomer.
Times at the end of the first day:
|1||1||SBK||Jonathan Rea||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1:39.207|
|2||54||SBK||Toprak Razgatlioglu||Yamaha YZF-R1M||1:39.226||0.019||0.019|
|3||60||SBK||Michael Van Der Mark||Yamaha YZF-R1M||1:39.541||0.334||0.315|
|4||22||SBK||Alex Lowes||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1:39.780||0.573||0.239|
|5||76||SBK||Loris Baz||Yamaha YZF-R1M||1:40.128||0.921||0.348|
|6||45||SBK||Scott Redding||Ducati Panigale V4R||1:40.137||0.930||0.009|
|7||66||SBK||Tom Sykes||BMW S1000RR||1:40.431||1.224||0.294|
|8||7||SBK||Chaz Davies||Ducati Panigale V4R||1:40.659||1.452||0.228|
|9||59||SBK||Niccolo Canepa||Yamaha YZF-R1M||1:40.854||1.647||0.195|
|10||50||SBK||Eugene Laverty||BMW S1000RR||1:40.971||1.764||0.117|
|11||51||SBK||Michele Pirro||Ducati Panigale V4R||1:40.995||1.788||0.024|
|12||31||SBK||Garrett Gerloff||Yamaha YZF-R1M||1:41.068||1.861||0.073|
|13||12||SBK||Xavi Fores||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1:41.098||1.891||0.030|
|14||64||SBK||Federico Caricasulo||Yamaha YZF-R1M||1:41.439||2.232||0.341|
|15||32||SBK||Lorenzo Savadori||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1:41.527||2.320||0.088|
|1||21||SSP||Randy Krummenacher||MV Agusta F3 675||1:43.150|
|2||65||SSP||Philipp Öttl||Kawasaki ZX-6RR||1:43.210||0.060||0.060|
|3||132||SSP||Isaac Viñales||Yamaha YZF-R6||1:43.412||0.262||0.202|
|4||5||SSP||Andrea Locatelli||Yamaha YZF-R6||1:43.474||0.324||0.062|
|5||4||SSP||Steven Odendaal||Yamaha YZF-R6||1:43.843||0.693||0.369|
|6||38||SSP||Hannes Soomer||Yamaha YZF-R6||1:43.865||0.715||0.022|
|7||122||SSP||Federico Fuligni||MV Agusta F3 675||1:44.391||1.241||0.526|
|8||61||SSP||Can Oncu||Kawasaki ZX-6RR||1:44.991||1.841||0.600|
|9||84||SSP||Loris Cresson||Yamaha YZF-R6||1:46.509||3.359||1.518|
|221||M2||Fabio Di Giannantonio||Speed Up||1:41.929||2.722|
|121||CIV||Christophe Ponsson||Aprilia RSV4||1:42.343||3.136|
|101||Ana Carrasco||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1:53.416||14.209|