World Superbike: Jonathan Rea Close To Lap Record As Jerez Test Ends

World Superbike: Jonathan Rea Close To Lap Record As Jerez Test Ends

© 2019, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. by David Swarts

All-Time Superbike Lap Record: 1:38.247, Jonathan Rea, 2019

Superbike Race Lap Record: 1:39.004, Alvaro Bautista, 2019

FIM Superbike World Championship

Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto

Jerez de la Frontera, Spain

November 29, 2019

Unofficial Day Two Test Results (all on Pirelli tires):

  1. Jonathan Rea, UK (Kawasaki), 1:38.397
  2. Loris Baz, France (Yamaha), 1:39.280
  3. Michael van der Mark, Netherlands (Yamaha), 1:39.287
  4. Alex Lowes, UK (Kawasaki), 1:39.400
  5. Scott Redding, UK (Ducati), 1:39.466
  6. Tom Sykes, UK (BMW), 1:39.587
  7. Toprak Razgatlioglu, Turkey (Yamaha), 1:39.634
  8. Niccolo Canepa, Italy (Yamaha), 1:39.967
  9. Chaz Davies, UK (Ducati), 1:40.000
  10. Eugene Laverty, Ireland (BMW), 1:40.328
  11. Xavi Fores, Spain (Kawasaki), 1:40.356
  12. Michele Pirro, Italy (Ducati), 1:40.427
  13. Federico Caricasulo, Italy (Yamaha), 1:40.613
  14. Garrett Gerloff, USA (Yamaha), 1:40.714
  15. Lorenzo Savadori, Italy (Kawasaki), 1:40.946

 

 

More, from a press release issued by Dorna WorldSBK Press Office:

Jerez Test – Day 2

Rea fights back to end Jerez test on top, Baz impresses in second

The reigning five-time WorldSBK Champion fended off a resurgent Loris Baz, who is back at the front of WorldSBK

The 2020 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship is edging ever-closer as the final test of 2019 is all done and dusted. New motorcycles, team changes and rookie and returning riders made headlines across the two days at the Circuito de Jerez, which took place in more-or-less untroubled conditions. Despite a handful of red flags, it was Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) who topped the timesheets, whilst closely behind were Loris Baz (Ten Kate Racing – Yamaha) and Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK).

Loris Baz. Photo courtesy of Dorna WorldSBK Press Office.
Loris Baz. Photo courtesy of Dorna WorldSBK Press Office.

Having just been pipped for top slot at lunch time, the KRT squad were back on top come the end of the test, as Jonathan Rea was the first rider into the 1’38s. The time, which is under Alvaro Bautista’s race lap record from last year, slotted him nicely at the top whilst teammate Alex Lowes completed day two of the test in fourth place. Xavi Fores (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) enjoyed a successful comeback to WorldSBK and finished just outside the top ten in 11th, as he continued to become more accustomed to the bike. Aboard the Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki, Lorenzo Savadori finished 15th and began to get used to Showa suspension.

Michael van der Mark. Photo courtesy of Dorna WorldSBK Press Office.
Michael van der Mark. Photo courtesy of Dorna WorldSBK Press Office.

Yamaha were once again leading the charge to Kawasaki, although this time it was Loris Baz (Ten Kate Racing – Yamaha) who was second. The Frenchman bolted up to the top just after lunch but was pegged back by the reigning five-time WorldSBK Champion. Eager to improve the feeling on fresh rubber whilst the bike works a treat on old tyres, Baz is back at the forefront of WorldSBK.

Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Official Team) suffered a mechanical problem which resulted in an oil leak and subsequent crash at Turn 1, bring out the red flags. Federico Caricasulo (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team) and Andrea Locatelli (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team) also crashed on oil. Van der Mark finished in third overall, just 0.007 from Baz. Having been inside the top four for most of the day, Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Official Team) finished seventh, refining his feeling with Ohlins suspension, as he’d not used it before. On the 2020 R1, Niccolò Canepa was eighth. GRT Yamaha’s top rider was Federico Caricasulo in 13th, whilst Garrett Gerloff was 14th.

WorldSBK rookie Scott Redding (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) was the leading Ducati Panigale V4 R rider in fifth, as the British rider continued his understanding of the team and bike in WorldSBK-spec. Redding has pleased the entire team at ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati with his quick adaptation, adding to the positive mood inside the box. The focus for the team on a whole was the balance of the bike and to try some new parts on the rear end. For Chaz Davies, the Welshman finished in ninth and was over 1.5s behind Jonathan Rea. BARNI Ducati’s Michele Pirro was in 12th place.

The best of the BMWs was once again Tom Sykes (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team), as the British rider continued his progress and used all of his famed development skills in order to get the bike to his liking. The 2013 WorldSBK Champion leapt up to sixth in the final ten minutes of action, making it three British riders inside the top five. New teammate and former WorldSBK title rival Eugene Laverty was quietly going about his business, as he finished in tenth place on his return to the Shaun Muir Racing fold.

The next test for the WorldSBK circus will take place back at the Jerez circuit before moving immediately on to Portimao, from the 21st to the 26th January. Until then, riders and team personnel will be looking forward to relaxing over the festive periods!

 

WorldSSP: Andrea Locatelli set the pace on the final day of testing in Jerez

With weather conditions welcoming more track action it was the Italian WorldSSP rookie to end the final day of testing on top

Andrea Locatelli (5). Photo courtesy of Dorna WorldSBK Press Office.
Andrea Locatelli (5). Photo courtesy of Dorna WorldSBK Press Office.

Sun shone down again on the second and final day of testing at Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto where WorldSBK and WorldSSP riders continued their preparations for 2020. With the track becoming faster today compared to Day 1, it was this time former Moto2™ rider Andrea Locatelli (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team) to set the pace ending on top of the WorldSSP timesheets.

Unfortunately, the best lap of the Italian was also the last that he was able to put in today, as in the afternoon he got involved in a three-rider crash due to the oil left on track by the Yamaha of Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Official Team). Despite that Locatelli was still able to put in 44 laps today while trying different tyre compounds and adapting to his new team and his new WorldSSP machine.

Second overall was another rider coming over from the Moto2™ paddock as Phillip Öttl (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) closed 0.046 s off Locatelli’s best lap and just 0.014 s ahead of Randy Krummenacher. It didn’t take long for the 2019 WorldSSP World Champion to adapt to the new environment of the MV AGUSTA Reparto Corse garage, as he declared to be thrilled about his new squad and the project. After having closed Day 1 on top, the Swiss rider did only 31 laps today ending with a 1’42.743 as his best lap for the day. On the other side of the garage, Federico Fuligni completed 85 laps today to finish sixth overall.

EAB Ten Kate Racing rider Steven Odendaal was fourth ahead of Kallio Racing rider Hannes Soomer, while his teammate Isaac Viñales finished 7th ahead of former Moto3™ rider Can Öncü, who also tried to do as many kilometres as possible to adapt quickly to his new Kawasaki of the Turkish Racing Team.

Closing the order, Belgian rider Loris Cresson (Team Toth) returned on track today after the nasty crashed suffered on the first day of testing in Jerez, completing the day with a best lap in 1’45.621.

WorldSSP Jerez Test Day 2 Unofficial Times:

1. Andrea Locatelli (BARDAHL Evan. Bros WorldSSP Team) – 1’42.683 (44 laps)
2. Philipp Oettl (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) – 1’42.729 (62 laps)
3. Randy Krummenacher (MV AGUSTA Reparto Corse) – 1’42.743 (31 laps)
4. Steven Odendaal (EAB Ten Kate Racing) – 1’43.090 (88 laps)
5. Hannes Soomer (Kallio Racing) – 1’43.262 (39 laps)
6. Federico Fuligni (MV AGUSTA Reparto Corse) – 1’43.311 (88 laps)
7. Isaac Viñales (Kallio Racing) 1’43.366 (43 laps)
8. Can Öncü (Turkish Racing Team) 1’44.779 (73 laps)
9. Loris Cresson (Team Toth) 1’45.621 (40 laps)

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