Aragon World Superbike Test: Loris Baz Leads Johnny Rea At End Of Two-Day Test

Loris Baz has topped the timesheets at the two-day test held at Aragon for some of the World Superbike teams. Baz had spent the test working on bike set up, on a track he has not run well on in the past. The Frenchman ended up three tenths quicker than Jonathan Rea, at his first full test after returning from a broken femur. Rea and Pata Honda teammate Leon Haslam spent most of their time working on electronics, making big steps with the HRC package they had struggled with for most of the season. Rea was two tenths quicker than Chaz Davies on the factory Ducati, the Welshman making his second test on the Italian machine, and ending up ahead of Marco Melandri on the factory Aprilia.

Major absentee at the test was reigning world champion Tom Sykes. The Yorkshireman had been scheduled to test, but his wife went into labor before the test started, and Sykes rushed back to be with his wife as she gave birth to their baby daughter.

Unofficial test times:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Previous
1 76 Loris Baz Kawasaki 1:57.1    
2 65 Jonathan Rea Honda 1:57.4 0.3 0.3
3 19 Chaz Davies Ducati 1:57.6 0.5 0.2
4 33 Marco Melandri Aprilia 1:58.0 0.9 0.4
5 34 Davide Giugliano Ducati 1:58.2 1.1 0.2
6 91 Leon Haslam Honda 1:58.5 1.4 0.3
7 66 Alex Hofmann Aprilia 2:00.8 3.7 2.3


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A world championship and now and now a brand new baby? What more could Sykes ask for this year. If anything see to me like he's been having great year so far.

Congratulations to Tom Sykes, Toms speed and Amies beauty in her genes, the kid would be wonderful.

On the racing front I was really impressed by Chaz Davies times. As this was not a mandatory for all teams test the real order would emerge later but one can hope for more frontrunners than Sykes and Aprilia.

Enjoy the new addition! World champion and a healthy baby, the stars were aligned nicely for the man this year, and he deserved it too!

Rea is did great with an old CBR. I think it's up for an update next year. But, will he still be with Honda? I see a move up to GP next for him.