Aragon WorldSBK Test Wednesday Times: Rea Beats Redding As Gerloff Makes WorldSBK Debut

No sooner has one season ended than the next one starts. Half of the WorldSBK field has assembled at Aragon for a two-day test, to start their preparations for the 2020 season. 

The day got off to a very wet start, with riders venturing out only once the weather started to lift. Once the track started to dry, work got underway. Unsurprisingly, it was Jonathan Rea who ended the day as fastest, the Kawasaki rider 1.4 seconds off pole record and 0.7 off the lap record.

Scott Redding ended the day as second fastest on his debut with the WorldSBK Ducati Panigale V4R, just under half a second slower than Rea, a solid start in World Superbikes for the Englishman. Michael van der Mark finished third fastest, half a second behind Rea, the Dutchman working on minor updates to his Pata Yamaha R1M while he waits for the new bike to appear at Jerez.

Chaz Davies finished fourth fastest, three tenths behind his new Ducati teammate, and just ahead of Toprak Razgatlioglu. It was the Turkish rider's first outing on the Yamaha, and he made a strong start. Razgatlioglu finished ahead the man whose seat he was taking, Alex Lowes making his first appearance on the Kawasaki, and ending just over a second behind his new teammate.

It was a bigger debut for Garrett Gerloff, the American riding a WorldSBK spec Yamaha in the GRT team for the first time. Gerloff got off to a very good start, ending ahead of his new teammate Federico Caricasulo and 1.4 seconds behind Jonathan Rea. It was the first time Gerloff had ridden on WorldSBK-spec Pirellis, and he showed promise on his first outing.

The factory Honda team of Alvaro Bautista and Leon Haslam were not at the test, Honda have elected to hold a series of private tests before joining the rest of the WorldSBK field when testing resumes in January 2020. 

Also present was Ana Carrasco. The former WorldSSP300 champion was originally scheduled to ride Jonathan Rea's Kawasaki ZX10-RR superbike, but the weather forced Kawasaki to reschedule. Carrasco will now get her chance to ride the ZX10-RR at Jerez in two weeks' time.

Times after the first day:

No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 Jonathan Rea Kawasaki ZX10-RR 1:50.416    
45 Scott Redding Ducati Panigale V4R 1:50.868 0.452 0.452
60 Michael van der Mark Yamaha YZF-R1M 1:50.941 0.525 0.073
7 Chaz Davies Ducati Panigale V4R 1:51.176 0.760 0.235
54 Toprak Razgatlioglu Yamaha YZF-R1M 1:51.313 0.897 0.137
22 Alex Lowes Kawasaki ZX10-RR 1:51.567 1.151 0.254
31 Garrett Gerloff Yamaha YZF-R1M 1:51.867 1.451 0.300
2 Leon Camier Ducati Panigale V4R 1:52.902 2.486 1.035
64 Federico Caricasulo Yamaha YZF-R1M 1:53.514 3.098 0.612
22 Ana Carrasco Kawasaki Ninja 400 2:09.544 19.128 16.030
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New engine spec out running today, or no? Curious to see the new shape of things there. Looks like Yamaha got a good HP bump for 2020. BMW should too. On paper the Honda is something to anticipate good things from - 215hp, aero, more stable geometry, big step forward.

Redding isn't wasting time. Camier finally has a great bike under him. This could be fun. (Careful with those closing speeds on Ana!).

I like JR but hoping to see some closer racing next year. Very pleased to see Scott make a strong start.

BTW I was shocked to see Ana until I saw what she was riding. Must have been a bit breezy for her as those 200bhp plus superbikes whizzed past!