World Superbike: Jonathan Rea tops first day of Aragon test

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Rea set a time of 1m49.394s right at the end of day’s running on the improved Kawasaki ZX-10RR, dislodging long-time pacesetter Razgatlioglu from the top of the timesheets.

The reigning WSBK champion had been quickest in the first two sessions of the day and looked set to maintain a perfect run until he stopped on track in sector 4 with less than a handful of minutes left on the clock.

That left the door open for Rea to snatch the top spot from his 2021 title rival, the Ulsterman pipping his earlier benchmark from FP2 by just 0.016s on his final flying lap.

However, the Ulsterman’s time was over a second slower than the lap with which he took pole position at Aragon last year, as the poor conditions limited any meaningful running at the Spanish venue. The Kawasaki rider himself completed only four laps in the morning session as he waited for the temperature to rise to a suitable level.

Rea and Bautista were the only two riders to set a lap in the 1m49s bracket during the three-part test day, with Alvaro Bautista their closest rival in third with a time of 1m50.025s on the factory Ducati.

GRT Yamaha rider put in an impressive display to finish as the top independent rider in fourth, setting a time of 1m50.120s on the 2022-spec R1 and comfortably outpacing the second works Kawasaki of Alex Lowes.

Andrea Locatelli made it three Yamaha R1s in the top six, but ended up more than a second off the pace of both Rea and factory teammate Razgatlioglu.

The BMW contingent was led by Bonovo MGM rider Loris Baz, the Frenchman lapping the circuit in 1m50.446s in the final session to end up seventh on the overall leaderboard.

Kohta Nozane was not far behind aboard the second of the GRT Yamaha bikes, just ahead of the top Honda of MotoGP convert Iker Lecuona – who caused a prolonged yellow flag in session 3 when he stopped on track in sector 2.

The top 10 was rounded out by Eugene Laverty, who like his teammate Baz outperformed the factory BMWs of new recruit Scott Redding and rookie Ilia Mykhalchyk.

Redding was classified 13th with a time of 1m50.734s, while Mykhalchyk finished further down the order in 15th while deputising for the injured Michael van der Mark.

Michael Ruben Rinaldi’s time from the second session on the factory Ducati was good enough to place him 11th, just ahead of Philipp Oettl on the GoEleven Panigale V4 R and Redding’s BMW.

Factory Honda rider Xavi Vierge finished a distant 16th, more than two seconds off the pace of the lead runners.

The Dorna-supported Aragon test continues on Tuesday ahead of the opening round of the season at the same track later this weekend.

Aragon WSBK test – Day 1 results:

Pos

Rider

Team

Time

Gap

1

1 65 Jonathan Rea

GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK

1:49.394

 

2

2 1 Toprak Razgatliouglu

TUR Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK

1:49.410

0.016

3

3 19 Alvaro Bautista

ESP Aruba.It Racing – Ducati

1:50.025

0.631

4

4 31 Garrett Gerloff

USA GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team

1:50.120

0.726

5

5 22 Alex Lowes

GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK

1:50.423

1.029

6

6 55 Andrea Locatelli

ITA Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK

1:50.433

1.039

7

7 76 Loris Baz

FRA Bonovo Action BMW

1:50.446

1.052

8

8 3 Kohta Nozane

JPN GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team

1:50.520

1.126

9

9 7 Iker Lecuona

ESP Team HRC

1:50.586

1.192

10

10 50 Eugene Laverty

IRL Bonovo Action BMW

1:50.600

1.206

11

11 21 Michael Rinaldi

ITA Aruba.It Racing – Ducati

1:50.632

1.238

12

12 5 Philipp Oettl

DEU Team Goeleven

1:50.713

1.319

13

13 45 Scott Redding

GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team

1:50.734

1.340

14

14 44 Lucas Mahias

FRA Kawasaki Puccetti Racing

1:51.151

1.757

15

15 37 Ilia Mykhalchyk

UKR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team

1:51.438

2.044

16

16 97 Xavi Vierge

ESP Team HRC

1:51.446

2.052

17

17 2 Roberto Tamburini

ITA Yamaha Motoxracing WorldSBK Team

1:51.737

2.343

18

18 47 Axel Bassani

ITA Motocorsa Racing

1:51.890

2.496

19

19 23 Christophe Ponsson

FRA Gil Motor Sport-Yamaha

1:52.727

3.333

20

20 29 Luca Bernardi

SMR BARNI Spark Racing Team

1:52.937

3.543

21

21 36 Leandro Mercado

ARG MIE Racing Honda Team

1:53.100

3.706

22

22 52 Oliver Konig

CZE Orelac Racing Verdnatura

1:53.326

3.932

23

23 35 Hafizh Syahrin

MYS MIE Racing Honda Team

1:53.945

4.551

24

24 84 Loris Cressson

BEL TPR Team Pedercini Racing

1:54.688

5.294

25

25 16 Gabriele Ruiu

ITA Bmax Racing

   

 



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