Jonathan Rea tops WSBK FP1 in Thailand

Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) rode to the fastest time in an extended 75 minute FP1 at a very hot and humid Chang International circuit in Buriram, Thailand.

With ambient temperatures in excess of 34 degrees Celsius and rising, the 26 riders made the most of the track time available, Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) the first to record a time.

At the half way point Rea was still fastest, significantly faster than his initial lap, which was to be expected, the British rider who jointly leads the overall championship standings after the first two races was 0.134s ahead of Aruba Ducati rider Chaz Davies and Jordi Torres (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) who continues to shine on his WorldSBK season.

At the flag, despite a number of personal improving laps from a dozen riders in the final minutes, nobody was able to topple Kawasaki mounted Rea who managed to hold on to top spot after 3 personal improving laps of his own. The British rider holds a margin of 0.751s over team mate Tom Sykes and Jordi Torres who complete the top three, going into this afternoon’s FP2.

Davies was still able to finish fourth courtesy of his time posted early in the session while Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) improved from 16th to 5th on his final lap.

Leon Haslam (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) completed the top 6.

Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda WSBK Team) moved into 7th in the final four minutes ahead of David Salom (Team Pedercini) who returns to racing after his crash in Australia. The Spaniard was just ahead of ever improving Leandro Mercado (Barni Racing) and reigning World Champion Sylvain Guintoli (Pata Honda WSBK Team) who rounded out the top ten.

Troy Bayliss (Aruba Ducati SBK) looked quick in sector 3 eventually finishing FP1 in 14th.

Jordi Torres broke the 300kmph barrier, recording 302kmph along the longest 1000m straight between turns one and two. The straight comes to an end with a tight right handed hairpin which many riders have said presents a great overtaking opportunity, along with the final corner.

Chaz Davies was the only faller in a session was very much about the riders learning their way around the 4.5km circuit, the British rider falling at the left handed turn 3 as the session entered the final 31 minutes, he was able to rejoin.

World Superbike 2015 – Round Two – Chang International circuit in Buriram, Thailand – Free Practice One Results

  1. Rea – Kawasaki 1m35.004
  2. Sykes – Kawasaki 1m35.755
  3. Torres – Aprilia 1m36.004
  4. Davies – Ducati 1m36.054
  5. Lowes – Suzuki 1m36.147
  6. Haslam – Aprilia 1m36.206
  7. Vd Mark – Honda 1m36.218
  8. Salom – Kawasaki 1m36.252
  9. Mercado – Ducati 1m36.354
  10. Guintoli – Honda 1m36.425
  11. Barrier – BMW 1m36.478
  12. De Puniet – Suzuki 1m36.641
  13. Terol – Ducati 1m36.733
  14. Bayliss – Ducati 1m36.909
  15. Camier – MV Agusta 1m36.940
  16. Baiocco – Ducati 1m37.006
  17. Canepa – EBR 1m38.250
  18. Nakacharoensri – Honda 1m38.599
  19. Pegram – EBR 1m38.772
  20. Barragan – Kawasaki 1m38.930
  21. Ponsson – Kawasaki 1m39.191
  22. Toth – BMW 1m40.393
  23. Gildenhuys – Kawasaki 1m40.453
  24. Ramos – Kawasaki 1m41.625
  25. Chumjai – BMW 1m41.739
  26. Sikora – BMW 1m42.766

World Supersport 2015 – Round Two – Chang International circuit in Buriram, Thailand – Free Practice One Results

  1. Jacobsen – Kawasaki 1m38.592
  2. Smith – Honda 1m38.852
  3. Sofuoglu – Kawasaki 1m38.991
  4. Wilairot – Honda 1m39.223
  5. Zanetti – MV Agusta 1m39.227
  6. Rea – Honda 1m39.242
  7. Cardenas – Honda 1m39.510
  8. Faccani – Kawasaki 1m39.520
  9. Mahias – Kawasaki 1m39.806
  10. Rolfo – Honda 1m40.013
  11. Baldolini – MV Agusta 1m40.218
  12. Schmitter – Kawasaki 1m40.284
  13. Kraisart – Yamaha 1m40.284
  14. Warokorn – Honda 1m40.372
  15. Russo – Honda 1m40.388
  16. Menghi – Yamaha 1m40.632
  17. Wahr – Honda 1m40.782
  18. Cluzel – MV Agusta 1m41.453
  19. Nocco – Honda 1m41.511
  20. Gamarino – Kawasaki 1m41.764
  21. Scott – Honda 1m42.002
  22. Clarke – Honda 1m42.352
  23. Polamai – Yamaha 1m43.083

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2015 World Superbike Championship Standings after round one

1. L. HASLAM APRILIA 45

2. J. REA KAWASAKI 45

3. C. DAVIES DUCATI 32

4. T. SYKES KAWASAKI 23

5. S. GUINTOLI HONDA 20

6. N. TEROL DUCATI 18

7. L. CAMIER MV AGUSTA 14

8. J. TORRES APRILIA 13

9. M. BAIOCCO DUCATI 12

10. M. VD MARK HONDA 11

11. R. DE PUNIET SUZUKI 9

12. L. MERCADO DUCATI 9

13. A. LOWES SUZUKI 7

14. R. RAMOS KAWASAKI 6

15. S. BARRIER BMW 5

16. S. BARRAGAN KAWASAKI 3

17. T. BAYLISS DUCATI 3

18. L. PEGRAM EBR 2

19. J. METCHER KAWASAKI 2

20. C. PONSSON KAWASAKI 1

 

 

2015 World Supersport Championship Standings after round one

1. J. CLUZEL MV AGUSTA 25

2. L. ZANETTI MV AGUSTA 20

3. G. REA HONDA 16

4. K. SMITH HONDA 13

5. R. WILAIROT HONDA 11

6. K. SOFUOGLU KAWASAKI 10

7. A. BALDOLINI MV AGUSTA 9

8. R. ROLFO HONDA 8

9. D. SCHMITTER KAWASAKI 7

10. P. JACOBSEN KAWASAKI 6

11. C. GAMARINO KAWASAKI 5

12. M. FACCANI KAWASAKI 4

13. A. WAGNER YAMAHA 3

14. G. SCOTT HONDA 2

15. F. MENGHI YAMAHA 1