Jerez WSBK Test, Day 1: Rea Edges Sykes On First Day

Monday saw the first day of a week of action for various classes at Jerez, with testing scheduled for the Kawasaki, Yamaha and Ducati World Superbike teams, as well as Ducati, Aprilia and Honda's MotoGP teams later in the week. 

For the first day of action, the Kawasaki World Superbike and World Supersport teams were joined by the Althea BMW squad, MV Agusta's WSS effort, and James Ellison of the BSB GBMoto squad. Jonathan Rea ended the day as the fastest man, a little way off the Superpole time from the race in September, just beating out his teammate Tom Sykes at the end of the session. The two Kawasakis swapped fastest times at the end, Rea prevailing at the flag. Althea made their debut on BMW S1000RRs, German IDM champion Markus Reiterberger making an impressive test debut, finishing ahead of his new teammate Jordi Torres. BSB rider James Ellison was the slowest of the Kawasakis, his lower spec BSB ZX-10R 1.6 seconds off the pace of Rea's WSBK machine.

Kenan Sofuoglu was the fastest World Supersport rider, his countryman and Superstock 600 champion Toprak Razgatlioglu a second behind him. Razgatlioglu is making the switch to the Superstock 1000 class for 2016. Randy Krummenacher made his World Supersport debut at Jerez, ending the first day 1.6 seconds behind Sofuoglu. 

MV Agusta were also at the track, with Jules Cluzel making his return to racing after a long layoff due to injury, a broken leg he sustained in a crash at Jerez back in September. Cluzel and Massimo Roccoli were well off the pace of Sofuoglu, but were focused more on testing. Marco Melandri was also at the test, riding the MV Agusta 1000 F4, in his new official role as test rider for the Italian manufacturer. No times were released for Melandri, however.

Times at the end of day 1:

Pos No Rider Bike Series Time Diff Prev
1 65 Jonathan Rea Kawasaki ZX-10R WSBK 1:40.826    
2 66 Tom Sykes Kawasaki ZX-10R WSBK 1:40.899 0.073 0.073
3 21 Markus Reiterberger BMW S1000RR WSBK 1:42.039 1.213 1.140
4 81 Jordi Torres BMW S1000RR WSBK 1:42.101 1.275 0.062
5 77 James Ellison Kawasaki ZX-10R BSB 1:42.457 1.631 0.356
6 35 Raffaele De Rosa BMW S1000RR STK1000 1:43.163 2.337 0.706
7 54 Kenan Sofuoglu Kawasaki ZX-6R WSS 1:43.387 2.561 0.224
8 154 Toprak Razgatlioglu Kawasaki ZX-6R WSS 1:44.652 3.826 1.265
9 4 Randy Krummenacher Kawasaki ZX-6R WSS 1:45.019 4.193 0.367
10 155 Massimo Roccoli MV Agusta 675 F3 CIV 1:45.174 4.348 0.155
11 16 Jules Cluzel MV Agusta 675 F3 WSS 1:45.456 4.630 0.282
12 55 Ilya Mihalchik Kawasaki ZX-6R WSS 1:45.617 4.791 0.161


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