2019 Jerez WorldSBK Test Times: Lowes Edges Rea As WorldSBK Returns To Action

The winter break is officially over for the WorldSBK teams, as almost the entire paddock assembled in Jerez for the first test of 2019. The WorldSBK and WorldSSP riders took to a freshly resurfaced Jerez to get 2019 underway.

Alex Lowes ended the day as fastest, the Pata Yamaha rider taking over at the top of the timesheets in the final couple of hours to finish just eight hundredths of a second faster than reigning world champion Jonathan Rea. Rea was four tenths faster than KRT teammate Leon Haslam, who was in turn a tenth quicker than Toprak Razgatlioglu on the Puccetti Kawasaki. 

A trio of Yamahas finished behind the Kawasaki threesome, Michael van der Mark just a fraction quicker than Marco Melandri of the GRT Yamaha squad, who was in turn faster than Sandro Cortese. Stefan Bradl was eighth fastest on the Honda RC213V MotoGP bike, there in his capacity as HRC test rider. Chaz Davies was the fastest Ducati rider in ninth, just under a second slower than Lowes and half a second quicker than his teammate Alvaro Bautista.

The SMR-run BMW squad of Tom Sykes and Markus Reiterberger were also at the test, but were running without transponders, as it was their first time out on the bike. The Moriwaki Althea Honda team of Leon Camier and Ryuichi Kyonari were not present.

Federico Caricasulo dominated the first day of the WorldSSP test, the Yamaha rider nearly nine tenths quicker than Raffaele De Rosa on the MV Agusta.

Times at the end of the first day of the test:

Pos No Class Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 22 sbk Alex Lowes Yamaha YZF-R1 1:40.442    
2 1 sbk Jonathan Rea Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:40.450 0.008 0.008
3 91 sbk Leon Haslam Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:40.877 0.435 0.427
4 54 sbk Toprak Razgatlioglu Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:41.001 0.559 0.124
5 60 sbk Michael van der Mark Yamaha YZF-R1 1:41.047 0.605 0.046
6 33 sbk Marco Melandri Yamaha YZF-R1 1:41.119 0.677 0.072
7 11 sbk Sandro Cortese Yamaha YZF-R1 1:41.203 0.761 0.084
8 2 mgp Stefan Bradl Honda RC213V 1:41.370 0.928 0.167
9 7 sbk Chaz Davies Ducati Panigale V4R 1:41.375 0.933 0.005
10 19 sbk Alvaro Bautista Ducati Panigale V4R 1:41.857 1.415 0.482
11 81 sbk Jordi Torres Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:41.973 1.531 0.116
12 36 sbk Leandro Mercado Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:42.886 2.444 0.913
13 50 sbk Eugene Laverty Ducati Panigale V4R 1:43.376 2.934 0.490
14 21 sbk Michael R Rinaldi Ducati Panigale V4R 1:43.973 3.531 0.597
15 52 sbk Alessandro Delbianco Honda CBR1000RR 1:45.437 4.995 1.464
1 64 ssp Federico Caricasulo Yamaha YZF-R6 1:42.847    
2 3 ssp Raffaele De Rosa MV Agusta F3 675 1:43.730 0.883 0.883
3 121 ssp Randy Krummenacher Yamaha YZF-R6 1:43.854 1.007 0.124
4 44 ssp Lukas Mahias Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:43.948 1.101 0.094
5 78 ssp Hikari Okubo Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:45.317 2.470 1.369
6 16 ssp Jules Cluzel Yamaha YZF-R6 1:45.493 2.646 0.176
7 94 ssp Corentin Perolari Yamaha YZF-R6 1:45.930 3.083 0.437
8 47 ssp Rob Hartog Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:46.643 3.796 0.713
9 122 ssp Federico Fuligni MV Agusta F3 675 1:47.473 4.626 0.830
10 10 ssp Nacho Calero Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:47.635 4.788 0.162
11 6 ssp María Herrera Yamaha YZF-R6 1:47.734 4.887 0.099
12 86 ssp Ayrton Badovini Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:48.002 5.155 0.268
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Go Alex Lowes, go Yamaha, could be a chance to take second behind Jonathan Rea

Stefan slower than seven superbikes. Mid field of only 15 bikes. Only 18 entered full time. SBK dying or what?

No Leon Camier, No Kiyonari? are Honda busy doing something else ?

No BeeEms. Do they need to test? are they taking SBK seriously?

Does anyone know much about Alessandro Delbianco ?

Maria Herrera five seconds a lap off the pace. that should come down a bit. Quicker than Bado 86

HRC busy in Madrid. Repsol & Honda patting themselves on the back. Both riders on light duties.

to keep Kawasaki under pressure and just behind on enough occasions to provide excellent racing. I have to admit being highly sympathetic to and hopeful for KTR, and not a fan of HRC doing well - much as I wish Camier some success after so much high level effort for so long. Conflicts such as these keep us engaged....

Seeing as he broke his left side fibula & tibia back in 2015. I also broke the lower extreme of my left fib/tib right at the ankle joint (hardware still holding it all together) and only have about 70% mobility left. And yeah, missing shifts has always been far more common since that injury.