Tom Sykes was the fastest man after the first day of the group test for World Superbike series, lapping well under the race lap record set by teammate Jonathan Rea here last September. The Kawasaki riders showed that the ZX-10R is already an extremely competitive machine, needing only some minor fettling to get it ready for 2016.
Chaz Davies took second place, just over a tenth behind Rea, the Aruba.it Ducati man benefiting from a couple of days test at Portimao last week, and already up to speed. Davies ended over a tenth ahead of reigning world champion Jonathan Rea, the second Kawasaki man nearly a third of a second off the pace of his teammate. Nicky Hayden showed he is making the transition to the World Superbike series extremely well, not far off the pace of Rea and even heading the timesheets at one point. Hayden and Ten Kate Honda teammate Michael van der Mark put in a lot of laps on Tuesday, and were out early on when the track was still drying.
Alex Lowes was fifth fastest on the Yamaha YZF-R1, despite still lacking strength in his shoulder from a crash at the end of last year. The Pata Yamaha team still have plenty of work to do, but the pace of the new Yamaha is already promising. Teammate Sylvain Guintoli was not quite so fast, ending the day in 9th.
Davide Giugliano is another rider returning from injury, but Giugliano's recovery period has been much longer. The factory Ducati rider is still regaining fitness after fracturing vertebrae last year, so posting the sixth fastest time was a positive start.
In the World Supersport class, Kenan Sofuoglu made a strong start, the Kawasaki man fastest once again on the ZX-6R. His teammate Randy Krummenacher, freshly switched from the Moto2 paddock, made a very strong impression, finishing under two tenths off the pace of the four-time World Supersport champion.
Times after the first day of testing:
|1||66||Tom Sykes||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1:40.882|
|2||7||Chaz Davies||Ducati 1199R||1:41.041||0.159||0.159|
|3||65||Jonathan Rea||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1:41.210||0.328||0.169|
|4||69||Nicky Hayden||Honda CBR1000RR||1:41.371||0.489||0.161|
|5||22||Alex Lowes||Yamaha YZF-R1||1:41.505||0.623||0.134|
|6||34||Davide Giugliano||Ducati 1199R||1:41.792||0.910||0.287|
|7||60||Michael van der Mark||Honda CBR1000RR||1:41.891||1.009||0.099|
|8||12||Xavi Fores||Ducati 1199R||1:41.900||1.018||0.009|
|9||50||Sylvain Guintoli||Yamaha YZF-R1||1:42.165||1.283||0.265|
|10||2||Leon Camier||MV Agusta F4||1:42.896||2.014||0.731|
|11||20||Sylvain Barrier||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1:43.836||2.954||0.940|
|12||25||Josh Brookes||BMW S1000RR||1:43.923||3.041||0.087|
|13||17||Karel Abraham||BMW S1000RR||1:45.462||4.580||1.539|
|14||11||Saeed Al Sulaiti||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1:47.211||6.329||1.749|
|1||1||Kenan Sofuoglu||Kawasaki ZX-6R||1:44.059|
|2||21||Randy Krummenacher||Kawasaki ZX-6R||1:44.232||0.173||0.173|
|3||87||Lorenzo Zanetti||MV Agusta F3||1:44.806||0.747||0.574|
|4||55||Ilya Mihalchick||Kawasaki ZX-6R||1:45.810||1.751||1.004|
|5||16||Jules Cluzel||MV Agusta F3||1:47.519||3.460||1.709|
|6||10||Nacho Calero||Kawasaki ZX-6R||1:47.874||3.815||0.355|
|7||63||Zulfahmi Khairuddin||Kawasaki ZX-6R||1:49.847||5.788||1.973|
|1||77||James Ellison||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1:43.808|
|2||160||Peter Hickman||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1:44.679||0.871||0.871|
|1||36||Tati Mercado||Ducati 1199R||1:43.747|
|2||112||Mike Rinaldi||Ducati 1199R||1:44.157||0.410||0.410|
|3||111||Jeremy Guarnoni||Yamaha YZF-R1||1:44.229||0.482||0.072|
|4||23||Christophe Ponsson||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1:44.731||0.984||0.502|