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.
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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.
Lucas Mahias continues to fend off Kenan Sofuoglu, with the Hondas of Kyle Smith and PJ Jacobsen withon four tenths of a second.
Jordi Torres set the fastest time, over half of a second ahead of the Kawasaki pairing of current world champion Jonathan Rea and former world champion Tom Sykes.
Lucas Mahias opens the last weekend of the year by setting the fastest time of the session, under four hundredths of a second quicker than newly crowned champion. Kenan Sofuoglu.
The last race of the day, only five minutes later than advertised, would be the full twenty one laps in the dry, most of the dampness having left the track.
Leon Haslam took the early lead ahead of Chaz Davies, Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes. Haslam kept the lead for two laps until Rea, having passed Davies, pushed him offline, leaving him with the only option of cutting the chicane and slotting back into fourth place, behind the front three.