Barcelona WorldSBK Test Day 1 Times: Redding Leads Rea, As Baz Is Fastest Yamaha

Testing is underway again for the WorldSBK series, with the main protagonists assembled at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo, near Barcelona. Scott Redding ended the day as fastest, the Ducati rider getting up to speed quickly again, finishing nearly two tenths faster than reigning champion Jonathan Rea on the Kawasaki.

Loris Baz was the quickest of the Yamahas, a quarter of a second behind Redding, and three tenths faster than Alex Lowes on the second Kawasaki. Alvaro Bautista was the fastest Honda rider, a fraction behind Lowes, while Tom Sykes was a little over a tenth off the time of Bautista on the BMW.

Of the WorldSSP Yamahas present, Jules Cluzel was quickest, four tenths faster than Steven Odendaal, while Corentin Perolari was further four tenths behind the South African.

Also present at the test were the Marc VDS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Moto2 team of Sam Lowes and Augusto Fernandez, riding track-prepped Yamaha R1s, in full Estrella Galicia regalia. Sam Lowes was 3.4 seconds slower on a production R1 than Loris Baz on the WorldSBK-spec race machine.

Combined times from the morning and afternoon sessions:

Pos No Rider Bike Session Time Diff Prev
1 45 Scott Redding Ducati Panigale V4 R PM 1:41.727    
2 1 Jonathan Rea Kawasaki ZX-10RR AM 1:41.910 0.183 0.183
3 76 Loris Baz Yamaha YZF R1 PM 1:41.980 0.253 0.070
4 22 Alex Lowes Kawasaki ZX-10RR PM 1:42.318 0.591 0.338
5 19 Alvaro Bautista Honda CBR1000RR PM 1:42.320 0.593 0.002
6 66 Tom Sykes BMW S1000 RR PM 1:42.455 0.728 0.135
7 11 Sandro Cortese Kawasaki ZX-10RR PM 1:42.573 0.846 0.118
8 7 Chaz Davies Ducati Panigale V4 R PM 1:42.641 0.914 0.068
9 54 Toprak Razgatlioglu Yamaha YZF R1 PM 1:42.771 1.044 0.130
10 50 Eugene Laverty BMW S1000 RR PM 1:42.832 1.105 0.061
11 60 Michael van der Mark Yamaha YZF R1 AM 1:42.975 1.248 0.143
12 91 Leon Haslam Honda CBR1000RR PM 1:42.996 1.269 0.021
13 36 Leandro Mercado Ducati Panigale V4 R PM 1:42.997 1.270 0.001
14 31 Garrett Gerloff Yamaha YZF R1 PM 1:43.119 1.392 0.122
15 64 Federico Caricasulo Yamaha YZF R1 PM 1:43.535 1.808 0.416
16 77 Maximilan Scheib Kawasaki ZX-10RR PM 1:43.568 1.841 0.033
17 20 Sylvain Barrier Ducati Panigale V4 R AM 1:44.430 2.703 0.862
1 16 Jules Cluzel Yamaha YZF R6 PM 1:46.168    
2 4 Steven Odendaal Yamaha YZF R6 AM 1:46.576 0.408 0.408
3 94 Corentin Perolari Yamaha YZF R6 PM 1:46.998 0.830 0.422
Marc VDS
1 222 Sam Lowes Yamaha YZF R1 AM 1:45.416    
2 37 Augusto Fernandez Yamaha YZF R1 AM 1:45.662 0.246 0.246
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It is only testing but thanks for the good news MotoMatters!

Scott Redding seems to be riding well. Next Ducati is Chaz almost a second a lap slower. I'm assuming Chaz is not doing the same program as S.R.45. Thinking Davies is still refining his approach to the V4. Hope he gets his head around it.

Congratulations Loris Baz, fastest Yamaha, good to see. That should spur on the factory riders. Where is Toprak? Ahead of Magic Michael, Both a little off the pace, wonder why?

Tom Sykes quickest BMW; cool.

Alvaro fastest Honda by three quarters of a second. Seems the new RRRRRRRR fireblade is improving.

No Leon Camier at this test, could be a bad sign that his injury is continuing to trouble L.C.2. Damn it!

Augusto Fernandez on a hotted up R1. Welcome to (almost) superbikes Augusto Fernandez.

Is it known who (if any) set their fast times with the rear qualifying tyre, and who did it with a standard race tyre or the qualifying race tyre?