Rea just 0.024s shy of the lead, Lowes third after FP2 blistering lap
One further free practice session tomorrow morning will decide which of the WorldSBK riders make it into Tissot-Superpole, as an increase in track temperature in this afternoon’s FP2 prevented many of them from improving at Jerez.
The current running order at the end of Day 1 is mostly unchanged from the morning’s results, with Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) heading team-mate and 2015 World Champion elect Jonathan Rea by 0.024s, the pair a fraction ahead of Alex Lowes. The Voltcom Crescent Suzuki rider elevated himself into the top ten with a time of 1.42.730s which – despite a mid-session tumble – bodes well for FP3, taking place tomorrow at 09:45 local time. Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati SBK Team) clung on to fourth, 0.099s behind Sykes after he too failed to improve.
Niccolò Canepa (Althea Racing Ducati) moved one step down to fifth place, while Jordi Torres (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) did improve this afternoon, the Spaniard ending the day sixth after losing the front at turn 2, a few metres up the track from where he also fell few hours earlier.
Torres’ team-mate Leon Haslam was seventh ahead of Matteo Baiocco (Althea Racing Ducati), Michele Pirro (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Superbike Team) and Sylvain Guintoli (Pata Honda World Superbike Team).
11th to 15th positions were the most altered – Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) will head into tomorrow 11th ahead of Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia), Leandro Mercado (Barni Racing Ducati), Randy de Puniet (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) and Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse).
WorldSBK Jerez – Combined times Free Practice 1 and 2
1 – Tom Sykes Kawasaki Racing Team 1’41.957
2 – Jonathan Rea Kawasaki Racing Team +0.024
3 – Alex Lowes Voltcom Crescent Suzuki +0.090