Sun shone down on the opening day of testing around Circuito de Jerez Angel Nieto and the World Superbike Championship riders were out to make some strong steps for 2019.
With four teams out on track, we were treated to an abundance of new bikes, new riders and new teams and plenty of laps were put in around the 4.4km track.
Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) has been working through his testing programme, meaning he had a busy day around the circuit. Working with suspension, tyre work, finding a balance with their chassis and weight distribution and their new engine, it was a productive day for the reigning world champion who came out on track at 1pm and shot right to the top of the timing screens. The reigning world champion ended day one with a time of 1.39.657, putting in 57 laps.
Leon Haslam (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) is continuing to get used to his new bike and is focusing on putting in as many laps as possible throughout the two days in Andalusia. Despite suffering a crash through turn five, the British rider ended day one in fifth putting in 71 laps, with a time of 1.40.390.
Aruba.it Racing – Ducati had a big day in Jerez as their new recruit in Alvaro Bautista began to get to grips not only with his new team, but also adapting to the World Superbike machine.
Focusing on his pace with the all new Ducati Panigale V4 R, he was able to impress on his first day of the ‘new era’, setting a 1.39.919 after an impressive 65 laps and ending in second position. Whilst for Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) who is embarking on his third day with his new bike – his second in the dry – he was still working on base setting for 49 laps. His time of 1.40.202 put him in third overall.
Brand new WorldSBK team GRT Yamaha had their first day with the step up into the premier class, with experienced Marco Melandri and WorldSBK rookie Sandro Cortese. Spending their first day getting adapted to the YZF-R1, the team are taking things step by step and were able to put in 125 laps collectively. Melandri ended day one in sixth, whilst Cortese finished the day in eighth.
Continuing to work on improving the gap to the front runners, Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) and Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) continued to work through the parts and updates they had last week around MotorLand Aragon.
With elements of their chassis, swing arm and electronics to work on the 2018 race winners had another productive day in Spain. Lowes was never outside the top four and ended in fourth with a time of 1.40.296. Whilst van der Mark was taking a more steady approach and ended with a time of 1.41.572 in seventh position.
It wasn’t only SBK teams testing, as there were three FIM Supersport World Championship teams out on track. MV Agusta Reparto Corse had 2018 star Rafaelle De Rosa out on track, whilst Kawasaki Puccetti Racing took to the track with Hikari Okubo and Team Pedercini Racing were out on track putting in the miles over the winter.
Action resumes on track tomorrow for the final day of pre-season testing in November. Keep up with all the action on the WorldSBK VideoPass.
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Rea delighted to take first victory arou
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Sharp Rea sets pace in early Jerez run
Rea feels fired up for the challenge at
Davies aims to have another solid weeken
Lowes feeling great with the R1
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2018 WorldSBK calendar begins to take sh
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Bradl to sit out on the remainder of the
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Rea: "Whatever happens tomorrow we have
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Sharp Rea leads opening Magny-Cours sess
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Pirelli confirmed as official tyre suppl
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Laverty: "We’ve had the same problems si
Rea tops official Portimao test
Rea makes it a double at Portimao
Davies happy to take 20 points in race o
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Rea storms to pole in Portimao sunshine
Rea: "I managed to be very consistent"
Rapid Rea leads the way on day one
Rea on top in opening Portimao session
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