Rea Leads Kawasaki 1-2 on Friday at Aragon

Jonathan Rea remains the man to beat in World Superbikes after topping the timesheets in Friday practice at Motorland Aragon. The championship leader, who has won three of the opening four races, edged out his teammate Tom Sykes as Kawasaki demonstrated their strength in this afternoon’s second session.

In the morning, Ducati made the brighter start with Chaz Davies six tenths quicker than any other make of motorcycle. The Welshman, a double winner here in the past with BMW, clocked a 1:52.009 to finish three tenths clear of his new teammate Xavi Fores, the current German Superbike champion, who has taken over the second Ducati in the continued absence of Davide Giugliano.

In the afternoon, Kawasaki took over with Sykes going straight to the top with a 1:51.566 before improving by another two tenths shortly afterwards. For a while, it appeared as though the 2013 champion would end the afternoon on top but with seconds remaining, Rea crept ahead with a 1:51.234 to maintain his superiority over his compatriot.

Davies and Fores both improved to secure third and fourth for Ducati with Leon Haslam the leading Aprilia in fifth, eight tenths down on his title rival. Alex Lowes fell from third in the morning to sixth overall on the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki, just ahead of PATA Honda’s Michael van der Mark, Nicolas Terol and reigning champion Sylvain Guintoli.

Home favourite Jordi Torres currently holds the last automatic spot in SP2 and tomorrow morning’s final practice session will determine the top ten riders who will be granted a guaranteed shot at pole position.



165. Jonathan ReaKawasakiKawasaki Racing Team1:51.234SP2
266. Tom SykesKawasakiKawasaki Racing Team1:51.379SP2
37. Chaz Racing – Ducati SBK Team1:51.582SP2
4112. Xavi Racing – Ducati SBK Team1:52.000SP2
591. Leon HaslamApriliaAprilia Racing Team – Red Devils1:52.096SP2
622. Alex LowesSuzukiVoltcom Crescent Suzuki1:52.309SP2
760. Michael van der MarkHondaPATA Honda World Superbike1:52.558SP2
818. Nicolas TerolDucatiAlthea Racing1:52.607SP2
91. Sylvain GuintoliHondaPATA Honda World Superbike1:52.617SP2
1088. Jordi TorresApriliaAprilia Racing Team – Red Devils1:52.766SP2
1115. Matteo BaioccoDucatiAlthea Racing1:52.893SP1
1286. Ayrton BadoviniBMWBMW Motorrad Italia SBK1:52.922SP1
1336. Leandro MercadoDucatiBarni Racing Team1:53.010SP1
1414. Randy de PunietSuzukiVoltcom Crescent Suzuki1:53.178SP1
1544. David SalomKawasakiTeam Pedercini1:53.293SP1
1659. Niccolo CanepaEBRTeam Hero EBR1:53.752SP1
1751. Santiago BarraganKawasakiGrillini SBK Team1:54.221SP1
1823. Christophe PonssonKawasakiGrillini SBK Team1:54.372SP1
192. Leon CamierMV AgustaMV Agusta Reparto Corse1:55.015SP1
2040. Roman RamosKawasakiTeam Go Eleven1:55.205SP1
2190. Javier AlvizKawasakiTeam Pedercini1:55.462
2210. Imre TothBMWBMW Team Toth1:57.230
2372. Larry PegramEBRTeam Hero EBR1:57.904
2475. Gabor RizmayerBMWBMW Team Toth1:58.841