Jerez Combined WSBK And MotoGP Test: Lowes Leads Haslam On Second Day Of Test

Alex Lowes has topped the second day of combined testing for teams from both major world championships at Jerez. After another wet morning, the track finally dried out in the afternoon, allowing the riders to post competitive lap times. Lowes ended the day as fastest, the Suzuki rider posting a fast lap right at the end of the day, beating his superpole time from the race weekend here back in September. 

Lowes was one of a group of riders who chased a quick time at the end of the day, Kawasaki's Tom Sykes ending just over a tenth of a second behind Lowes, while Leon Haslam put the factory-backed Red Devils Roma Aprilia into third place. Both Aprilia WSBK riders were fast all day, Haslam and possible future teammate Michel Fabrizio dominating proceedings earlier.

Alvaro Bautista was the fastest of the two MotoGP riders who used a transponder, the Suzuki MotoGP men electing not to. According to Spanish magazine Motociclismo, Aleix Espargaro set a lap of 1'40.1 on the Suzuki GSX-RR, while teammate Maverick Viñales did a best lap of 1.40.7. Of the Aprilia riders, Bautista was faster than he had been on the Honda RC213V  at the race back in May, but still around 1.4 seconds slower than his qualifying time. He was over half a second quicker than his new teammate at Gresini Aprilia, Marco Melandri.

Jonathan Rea was fifth fastest, a quarter of a second behind his new teammate Tom Sykes, and ahead of Michel Fabrizio on the second Red Devils Roma Aprilia. Sylvain Guintoli also chased a quick lap at the end of the day on the Pata Honda CBR1000RR, ending ahead of Melandri, who was eighth, and WSBK rookie Michael van der Mark, who was ninth fastest. Randy De Puniet was tenth fastest on the second Suzuki GSX-R1000.

Testing is set to continue for two more days, with Forward Yamaha and some Moto2 teams set to join the fray. The weather does not look like cooperating, however: rain is forecast from Wednesday afternoon onwards, to last for the rest of the week.

Official times for riders with transponders:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 22 Alex Lowes Suzuki GSX-R1000 1:40.730    
2 66 Tom Sykes Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:40.853 0.123 0.123
3 91 Leon Haslam Aprilia RSV4 1:40.865 0.135 0.012
4 19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia ART MotoGP 1:41.100 0.370 0.235
5 65 Jonathan Rea Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:41.127 0.397 0.027
6 84 Michel Fabrizio Aprilia RSV4 1:41.384 0.654 0.257
7 1 Sylvain Guintoli Honda CBR1000RR 1:41.639 0.909 0.255
8 33 Marco Melandri Aprilia ART MotoGP 1:41.682 0.952 0.043
9 60 Michael van der Mark Honda CBR1000RR 1:42.651 1.921 0.969
10 14 Randy De Puniet Suzuki GSX-R1000 1:42.938 2.208 0.287
11 54 Kenan Sofuoglu Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:43.730 3.000 0.792
12 101 Raffaele Da Rosa Ducati 1199R STK 1:44.920 4.190 1.190
13 100 Luca Savadori Ducati 1199R STK 1:45.985 5.255 1.065


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For Aprilia's GP bike to be nearly a second slower than their WSBK spec machine is a bit of a worry. I know Melandri is probably still adjusting to the machine but in theory the bike should be very similiarto the WSBK machne but with more power, better electronics and better tyres..