Oct 20

Sharp Jonathan Rea sets pace in early Jerez run

Alex Lowes and Marco Melandri were also in top 3

The opening WorldSBK session at Jerez saw a series of fast laps in the final minutes and ended with Rea on top.

As the riders undertook their first practice at the Pirelli Spanish Round it was Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) who registered the fastest lap of the superb 4.423km Circuito de Jerez with an excellent late 1’40.291 time. The triple World Champion really picked up the pace in the latter stages of FP1 on a resurfaced track and was 0.6s faster than closest challenger Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team). Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) was just 0.002s behind Lowes in third.

Eugene Laverty (Milwaukee Aprilia) was fourth best, with Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) and Roman Ramos (Team Kawasaki Go Eleven) both provisionally leading before ending up fifth and sixth respectively.

Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati), Jordi Torres (Althea BMW Racing Team), Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) and Lorenzo Savadori (Milwaukee Aprilia) completed the top ten.

The complete article here on worldsbk.com

source: worldsbk.com