Tom Sykes was the fastest man after the first day of the group test for World Superbike series, lapping well under the race lap record set by teammate Jonathan Rea here last September. The Kawasaki riders showed that the ZX-10R is already an extremely competitive machine, needing only some minor fettling to get it ready for 2016.
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Testing has finished at last at Jerez, with the onset of the winter test ban for both MotoGP and World Superbike teams. The final day of testing for the World Superbike squads ended as it had been all week, with the Kawasaki pair on top of the timesheets, and both men breathtakingly fast once the teams broke out the qualifying tires. It was Tom Sykes who walked away as fastest, the Yorkshireman obliterating the official Superpole record by just shy of a whole second. Sykes' fast lap left Jonathan Rea in second, though he was also no slouch.
Testing continued for the fourth day at Jerez, the track getting busier than ever as more and more riders joined the fray. Once again, only the World Superbike riders had transponders, the MotoGP teams electing to keep their times private.
The third day of the combined World Superbike and MotoGP test at Jerez saw a lot more action on track at the Spanish circuit, as some teams left and several more arrived to start testing. The BMW Althea and Kawasaki teams were the absentees, while the Ten Kate Honda teams, Barni Ducati and Aruba.it Ducati teams, Leon Camier at MV Agusta, and the Crescent Yamaha World squad all joined the World Superbike fray. The Repsol Honda and Gresini Aprilia teams were both out with their official MotoGP riders, while Michele Pirro was on testing duties for Ducati.
Reigning World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea has once again topped the timesheets on the second day of the combined WSBK/World Supersport test at Jerez, the Kawasaki man putting in a scorching lap at the end of the day to assert his authority, demoting his teammate Tom Sykes into second spot, over a third of a second behind him. Sykes was hampered by a small crash in the Michelin corner, and was unable to improve his time at the end.
Monday saw the first day of a week of action for various classes at Jerez, with testing scheduled for the Kawasaki, Yamaha and Ducati World Superbike teams, as well as Ducati, Aprilia and Honda's MotoGP teams later in the week.
Alex Lowes would not compete in the last race of the season, his bike not able to start the race and Xavi Fores also sat the race out due to illness.
Jonathan Rea led Tom Sykes into the first turn ahead of Leon Haslam and Chaz Davies but Davies would make up two places and set the fastest lap on lap two and take the lead as they crossed the line to start lap three.
The last race of the season was fifteen floodlit laps.
Kenan Sofuoglu hit turn one first and was followed by Lucas Mahias, PJ Jacobsen, Lorenzo Zanetti and Kyle Smith. Three of these five would make the podium.
Seventeen laps under floodlights and the riders were held a little longer than normal before the lights started the race.
Leon Camier waved from the grid, his bike not enjoying the delay and when the eventual start came, he didn't move, pushing his bike into the pits as everyone else charged to the first corner.
Jordi Torres continues his dominance on race rubber ahead of the Kawasakis of Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea with Chaz Davies and Michael van der Mark not far behind.
The nighttime schedule at Qatar, the last race weekend of the year, has the fourth untimed free practice after Superpole and World Superbike qualifying began a little later than it was scheduled to after the delays in World Supersport qualifying.
After a red flag fron an early spill before anyone recorded a lap, the restarted 42 minute session would finally see Cal Crutchlow's 2009 lap record fall.
Jordi Torres and Michael van der Mark approach the 1'57 mark ahead of Leon Haslam and Jonathan Rea. Rea and Tom Sykes were unable to improve on their times from yesterday, but their times were close enough not to matter. Niccolo Canepa and David Salom are the favourites in Superpole One to get promoted to the second session.
Nico Terol was quickest in the first session of the day, ahead of Kenan Sofuoglu, but it was not quicker than third-quickest Lucas Mahias's best time from yesterday.
Jonathan Rea set the day's quickest lap as everyone improved on their morning's times. Jordi Torres continued to be quick under two tenths behind Rea with Tom Sykes and Chaz Davies close behind.