The Jerez circuit is packed, with 27 riders from 3 different series all cutting laps. Andrea Iannone is fastest overall on the Suzuki GSX-RR MotoGP bike, already under Jorge Lorenzo race lap record. Tom Sykes has also matched that feat on the Kawasaki WorldSBK machine, a sign that the resurfaced track is a good deal quicker.
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Tom Sykes ended the second day of the Jerez combined WorldSBK test as fastest, taking advantage of the absence of his Kawasaki Racing Team teammate, though he came up just four hundredths short of Rea's time. Rea was absent due to an appointment to collect the MBE he was awarded at Buckingham Palace.
Loris Baz made a massive leap forward on the Althea BMW, improving his time by nearly a second, taking second ahead of Eugene Laverty on the Milwaukee Aprilia, who was also six tenths quicker than he had been the day before.
The WorldSBK and BSB riders kicked off the first day of a week-long test at Jerez. With the WorldSBK riders now working under the new rules, the teams are coming to grips with the rev limits put in place.
It didn't slow the KRT Kawasakis up much, however. Jonathan Rea was fastest, as he has been all year, posting a time just under seven tenths slower than his Superpole time back in October. Tom Sykes was second quickest, just over a third of a second behind his teammate, but over a second faster than Eugene Laverty on the Milwaukee Aprilia.
The last race of the year, with all the titles decided, all that remains is Jonathan Rea's chance at a points total record, attempting to beat the 552 points hauled in by Colin Edwards in 2002 and the fight for second place in the championship between Tom Sykes and Chaz Davies.
The World Supersport championship came down to the last race, with Kenan Sofuoglu keeping it alive in spite of breaking his hip five weeks previously. Lucas Mahias led the fight by twenty points going into the last round.
Seventeen laps in the desert under artificial lighting, the air temperature was 28ºC and it was the penultimate round of the battle for second place between Tom Sykes and Chaz Davies.
World Supersport qualifying had some surprising names in Superpole one, fighting for only two slots in Superpole two.
The last Superpole of the year opened under the floodlights, with second place in the championship to be decided between Tom Sykes and Chaz Davies.
Jionathan Rea was quickest by over eight tenths of a second, ahead of Marco Melandri and Alex Lowes, in this untimed session.
Niki Tuuli was quickest ahead of Gino rea and Kyle Smith with current World Champion, deemed fit to race today, fourth quickest, ahead of championship leader Lucas Mahias.
Jonathan Rea was quickest in the last session of the day, in spite of being unable to improve on his earlier time, joined at the top by Alex Lowes. Tom Sykes and Chaz Davies continued their fight for second place in the championship third and fourth quickest.
Lucas Mahias took charge in a session where almost everyone improved on their earlier lap times. Jules Cluzel was second-quickest while Luke Stapleford and Federico Caricasulo recorded identical laps six thousandths off Cluzel's time. Sofuoglu was seventh quickest again.
Jonathan Rea topped the session ahead of Tom Sykes and Chaz Davies, the latter pair dicing for second place in the championship this weekend.
Kyle Smith opened the weekend with the quickest time in the first evening session under the lights of Qatar. Lucas Mahias, second quickest, will have to wait until Saturday to fight for the title with Kenan Sofuoglu just half a second off the pace in seventh place.
World Superbike race two mirrored the Saturday race with a red flag in the first lap and a restarted nineteen lap race.