Jerez WorldSBK & MotoGP Test 1pm Friday Times: Rea Leads Sykes As Qualifiers Appear

Jonathan Rea was fastest at lunchtime at the Jerez WorldSBK and MotoGP test. Rea was into the 1'37s on a qualifying tire early on in the session, riders getting started early so they can finish up early. Kawasaki teammate Tom Sykes is second quickest, also setting his time on a qualifier, while KTM's Pol Espargaro is the fastest of the MotoGP riders, just ahead of Andrea Iannone and Alex Rins on the Suzuki.

Times at 1pm:

Pos No Name Class Bike Time Diff Gap
1 1 Jonathan Rea SBK Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:37.986    
2 66 Tom Sykes SBK Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:38.326 0.340 0.340
3 44 Pol Espargaro MGP KTM RC16 1:38.419 0.433 0.093
4 29 Andrea Iannone MGP Suzuki GSX-RR 1:38.461 0.475 0.042
5 42 Alex Rins MGP Suzuki GSX-RR 1:38.542 0.556 0.081
6 9 Danilo Petrucci MGP Ducati GP17/18 1:38.607 0.621 0.065
7 22 Alex Lowes SBK Yamaha YZF-R1M 1:38.622 0.636 0.015
8 38 Bradley Smith MGP KTM RC16 1:38.688 0.702 0.066
9 45 Scott Redding MGP Aprilia RS-GP 1:39.124 1.138 0.436
10 43 Jack Miller MGP Ducati GP17 1:39.164 1.178 0.040
11 50 Sylvain Guintoli MGP Suzuki GSX-RR 1:39.510 1.524 0.346
12 33 Marco Melandri SBK Ducati Panigale 1:39.577 1.591 0.067
13 2 Leon Camier SBK Honda CBR1000RR 1:39.672 1.686 0.095
14 59 Niccolo Canepa SBK Yamaha YZF-R1M 1:39.855 1.869 0.183
15 12 Xavi Fores SBK Ducati Panigale 1:39.942 1.956 0.087
16 41 Eugene Laverty MGP Aprilia RS-GP 1:39.969 1.983 0.027
17 60 Michael van der Mark SBK Yamaha YZF-R1M 1:40.076 2.090 0.107
18 104 Dan Linfoot BSB Honda CBR1000RR 1:40.826 2.840 0.750
19 122 Jason O'Halloran BSB Honda CBR1000RR 1:41.500 3.514 0.674
20 121 Michael Rinaldi SBK Ducati Panigale 1:43.955 5.969 2.455


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Someone give him a damn GP contract already. What's the hold up

Or Kawasaki should enter their SBK machines into Motogpp

ElbowsFlorida, what does this make of "How well could Rea do on a MotoGP bike?"

Looks like the answer could be something like "not as well as he could on his production bike." Too bad he works for a factory with no GP program in which he could do some testing and perhaps another wild card. He did rather well way back when on the Honda. He has improved since then.

The bikes, I still can't wrap my head around the speed relative to the full prototypes. High praise is due for what the manufacturers have for us to go buy for such a paltry sum. Then for what the race programs are getting on the track for a fraction of the GP bikes.

Agreed that Rea deserves a go and won't get one. Little left to prove where he is too eh? GP bikes/tires aren't for everyone of course. And the level of competition is so very high now. But can't you see him right away mid pack and moving forward if entering now with a decent bike? And the Bstone was a much tougher transition than the more conventional Michelin.

Too bad we won't get to know.

Then there is Kawi's decision to pour so much money into SBK and stay out of GP - it has payed off well their SBK endeavor. With Piaggio now owning Aprilia I would guess that Kawi has the smallest gross earnings compared to the other GP manu corporations. Who knows what is best...