Jerez WorldSBK Test Thursday Results: Rea Fastest, Yamahas Impress

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 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:

Pos No Class Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
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  
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I hope that's a good Omen for the M1. I wonder how Toprak is feeling wrt to his switch from the Kawa to Yam.  Redding ahead of Davies is a welcome surprise. Great to see another rider capable of fighting at the deep end.