WSBK: Aragon, day one round-up

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World Superbike


Friday’s WorldSBK activity drew to a close with the Kawasaki Racing Team leading the way. 2013 World Superbike Champion Tom Sykes topped the standings until the final minute of today’s second session, when he was displaced by current championship leader Jonathan Rea. Rea goes into FP3 tomorrow with a margin of 0.145s over his team-mate, who managed to hang on to second overall.

Chaz Davies, fastest this morning on his Racing – Ducati Superbike Team machine, improved to remain third in the combined standings ahead of his team mate – and new substitute rider for the injured Davide Giugliano – Xavi Fores, who finished an impressive fourth on his 2015 debut (+0.766s).

Leon Haslam (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) made the biggest improvement, moving up to fifth place (+0.862s) as he edged Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki), sixth with a second gap to the top.

The final places inside the top ten were taken by Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) who was 1.324s behind Rea, Althea Racing’s Nico Terol, reigning champion Sylvain Guintoli (Pata Honda World Superbike Team), who also improved late in the session and local rider Jordi Torres, who powered his Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils RSV4 RF to tenth position overall.

Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia) elevated himself to 12th place in his last quick-lap attempt before the chequered flag and finished behind fellow Italian rider Matteo Baiocco (Althea Racing Team Ducati).

Free Practice 3 is scheduled to take place at 9:55am local time tomorrow and is the last chance for the riders to make it into the afternoon’s Tissot-Superpole, courtesy of being inside the top-20 at the end of the next 45 minutes. The first ten riders will be seeded directly in the second session.


World Supersport


After two 45-minute practice sessions under the Spanish sunshine, PJ Jacobsen (Intermoto Ponyxpres Kawasaki) heads the World Supersport field into tomorrow at the head of the times, courtesy of his MotorLandAragon lap of 1.54.413s. The 21-year-old from Montgomery, New York, left it until the final two minutes to displace Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing), who was the quickest in the morning’s session.

Jacobsen, who improved his FP1 time by 1.5s, heads into tomorrow’s last free practice session with a slender advantage over Sofuoglu (+0.272s) and Jules Cluzel, (+0.302s) third aboard his MV Agusta Reparto Corse machine.

Current World Championship leader Ratthapark Wilairot powered his CORE Motorsport Thailand Honda to fourth overall on the combined classification (+0.701s) ahead of Gino Rea (CIA Insurance Landlords Honda) and Kyle Smith (Pata Honda World Supersport Team), who overcame a technical issue mid-session to move into sixth with his last flying lap of the session (+1.205s).

Roberto Rolfo (Team Lorini Honda), Riccardo Russo (CIA Landlords Insurance Honda), Lorenzo Zanetti (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) and Lucas Mahias (Intermoto Ponyexpres Kawasaki) completed the top-10.

Source: WorldSBK

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