If the first day of the combined WSBK test was hampered by a wet track at the start, on Wednesday, it was fog which delayed the action. The fog blanketed the track at 10am, when the track was due to open, but it lifted quickly in the warmth of the Andalusian sun. An extra ten minutes was tacked on to the end of the day, to compensate for the loss of the hour or so in the morning.
It may have been a different day, but the timesheets still had the same leader. Kawasaki's Tom Sykes continued to dominate the timesheets, becoming the first WSBK rider to lap the track in under 1'40, posting a lap of 1'39.924, three tenths under the pole record at the track. The two factory Aruba.it Ducatis were close behind, Davide Giuliano impressing with a 1'40.047, Chaz Davies finishing third six hundredths of a second slower than his teammate.
Nicky Hayden's adaptation to WSBK is progressing well, the American beating his Ten Kate Honda teammate by under a tenth of a second and finishing with the fourth fastest time. Michael van der Mark was fifth, ahead of Xavi Fores on the Barni Racing Ducati. Jonathan Rea was uncharacteristically slow, ending the day in seventh without ever chasing a really hot lap. The Kawasaki man ended just ahead of the Pata Yamaha of Sylvain Guintoli, Alex Lowes considerably slower, still struggling with a shoulder injury.
Australian newcomer Josh Brookes made a big step forward on the Milwaukee BMW, ending with the 10th time, but lapping two seconds quicker than on Tuesday. Leon Camier put the MV Agusta into 11th, while Brookes' teammate Karel Abraham ended in twelfth.
In the World Supersport class, it was Kenan Sofuoglu who was fastest once again, extending his lead over his teammate Randy Krummenacher to nearly half a second. Lorenzo Zanetti was third fastest on the MV Agusta, while Jules Cluzel is still some way off the pace, ending the day in fourth, 1.7 seconds behind Sofuoglu.
Times from Jerez:
|1||66||Tom Sykes||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1:39.924|
|2||34||Davide Giugliano||Ducati 1199R||1:40.047||0.123||0.123|
|3||7||Chaz Davies||Ducati 1199R||1:40.110||0.186||0.063|
|4||69||Nicky Hayden||Honda CBR1000RR||1:40.534||0.610||0.424|
|5||60||Michael van der Mark||Honda CBR1000RR||1:40.601||0.677||0.067|
|6||12||Xavi Fores||Ducati 1199R||1:40.761||0.837||0.160|
|7||65||Jonathan Rea||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1:40.856||0.932||0.095|
|8||50||Sylvain Guintoli||Yamaha YZF-R1||1:41.018||1.094||0.162|
|9||22||Alex Lowes||Yamaha YZF-R1||1:41.361||1.437||0.343|
|10||25||Josh Brookes||BMW S1000RR||1:41.826||1.902||0.465|
|11||2||Leon Camier||MV Agusta F4||1:42.182||2.258||0.356|
|12||17||Karel Abraham||BMW S1000RR||1:42.628||2.704||0.446|
|13||20||Sylvain Barrier||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1:42.886||2.962||0.258|
|14||11||Saeed Al Sulaiti||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1:45.007||5.083||2.121|
|1||1||Kenan Sofuoglu||Kawasaki ZX-6R||1:43.091|
|2||21||Randy Krummenacher||Kawasaki ZX-6R||1:43.582||0.491||0.491|
|3||87||Lorenzo Zanetti||MV Agusta F3||1:44.278||1.187||0.696|
|4||16||Jules Cluzel||MV Agusta F3||1:44.802||1.711||0.524|
|5||55||Ilya Mihalchick||Kawasaki ZX-6R||1:44.938||1.847||0.136|
|6||63||Zulfahmi Khairuddin||Kawasaki ZX-6R||1:45.637||2.546||0.699|
|7||10||Nacho Calero||Kawasaki ZX-6R||1:46.309||3.218||0.672|
|1||36||Tati Mercado||Ducati 1199R||1:42.641|
|2||112||Mike Rinaldi||Ducati 1199R||1:42.969||0.328||0.328|
|3||111||Jeremy Guarnoni||Yamaha YZF-R1||1:44.044||1.403||1.075|
|4||23||Christophe Ponsson||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1:44.993||2.352||0.949|
|1||77||James Ellison||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1:42.442|
|2||160||Peter Hickman||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1:43.420||0.978||0.978|