Bautista tops Friday WSBK timesheets from Rea
Alvaro Bautista stayed true to form, from his earlier timesheet topping testing, and closed out Friday opening practice in the top spot once again, with Jonathan Rea not far off and the top eight all in the 1:30s.
Bautista’s run on the all-new Ducati Panigale V4 R continued today when he produced a searing 1min30.327sec lap in the second 50-minute session.
Bautista, the 2006 125 GP world champion before going onto race successfully in the 250cc and MotoGP ranks, was one of 11 riders in the 19-rider field to better his time in the second outing.
World champion Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki) wasn’t one of those, but not from a lack of trying as he pushed his ZX-10RR to the limit in the final five minutes.
Rea, currently sitting on a record 11-race winning streak in the production series still finished day one second overall, ahead of teammate Leon Haslam, new BMW signing Tom Sykes, Alex Lowes (Yamaha), Leon Camier (Honda), Sandro Cortese (Yamaha) and Markus Reiterberger (BMW).
Michael van der Mark (Yamaha) and Toprak Razgatlioglu (Kawasaki) completed the top 10, while Marco (Melandri) and world No. 2 Chaz Davies (Ducati) were 13th and 14th – but only one second behind Bautista!
Australia’s Troy Herfoss (Honda) was 19th.
The WorldSBK riders will now rest up and prepare for a massive Saturday: final practice is at 10:00am, before Superpole qualifying at 12:15pm and then the opening 22-lap race at 3:00pm.
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Top Ten WorldSBK Friday Combined
- Alvaro Bautista (19) Ducati 1m30.327
- Jonathan Rea (1) Kawasaki 1m30.341
- Leon Haslam (91) Kawasaki 1m30.482
- Tom Sykes (66) BMW 1m30.664
- Alex Lowes (22) Yamaha 1m30.783
- Leon Camier (2) Honda 1m30.792
- Sandro Cortese (11) Yamaha 1m30.850
- Markus Reiterberger (28) BMW 1m30.862
- Michael van der Mark (60) Yamaha 1m31.049
- Toprak Razgatlioglu (54) Kawasaki 1m31.125
…19. Troy Herfoss (17) Honda 1m34.324 (Australian wild card)