Jonathan Rea leads the first day of the Aragon test

Rea clocked 1m49.394s at the end of the day on the upgraded Kawasaki ZX-10RR, knocking longtime leader Razgatlioglu off the top of the timesheets.

The defending WSBK champion had been fastest in the first two sessions of the day and looked set to maintain a perfect run until he crashed out at Turn 15 with less than a handful of minutes left. player.

That left the door open for Rea to snatch top spot from his 2021 title rival, with Ulsterman topping their previous benchmark of FP2 by just 0.016 seconds on their last flying lap.

However, the Ulsterman’s time was more than a second slower than the lap with which he took pole position at Aragon last year, as poor conditions limited any meaningful racing at the Spanish venue. The Kawasaki rider himself only completed four laps in the morning session waiting for the temperature to reach a decent level.

Rea and Bautista were the only two riders to set a lap in 1m49s on the three-part test day, with Alvaro Bautista their closest rival in third place with a time of 1m50.025s on the factory Ducati.

The GRT Yamaha rider put on an impressive display to finish as the best independent rider in fourth place, setting a time of 1m50.120s on the 2022 R1 and comfortably ahead of the second Kawasaki of Alex Lowes.

Andrea Locatelli placed three Yamaha R1s in the top six, but finished more than a second off the pace of Rea and factory teammate Razgatlioglu.

The BMW contingent was led by Bonovo MGM driver Loris Baz, the Frenchman who lapped the circuit in 1m50.446s in the final session to finish seventh overall.

Kohta Nozane was not far behind aboard the second of the GRT Yamaha bikes, just ahead of converted MotoGP Honda top Iker Lecuona – who caused a prolonged yellow flag in Session 3 when he came to a stop on track in sector 2.

Rounding out the top 10 was Eugene Laverty, who, like teammate Baz, outclassed the factory BMWs of newcomer Scott Redding and rookie Ilia Mykhalchyk.

Redding was ranked 13th with a time of 1m50.734s, while Mykhalchyk finished further down the standings in 15th replacing the injured Michael van der Mark.

Michael Ruben Rinaldi’s time in the second session on the factory Ducati was good enough to put him 11th, just ahead of Philipp Oettl on the GoEleven Panigale V4 R and Redding’s BMW.

Factory Honda rider Xavi Vierge finished a distant 16th, more than two seconds off the pace of the lead riders.

The Dorna-backed Aragon test continues on Tuesday ahead of the season-opening round at the same track later this weekend.

Aragon WSBK Test – Day 1 Results:

Pos

Rider

Team

Time

Difference

1

Jonathan Rea

Kawasaki Racing Team

1:49.394

2

Toprak Razgatliouglu

Yamaha

1:49.410

0.016

3

Alvaro Bautista

Ducati

1:50.025

0.631

4

Garrett Gerloff

GRT Yamaha

1:50.120

0.726

5

Alex Lowe

Kawasaki

1:50.423

1.029

6

Andrea Locatelli

Yamaha

1:50.433

1.039

7

Loris Baz

Bonovo-BMW

1:50.446

1.052

8

Kohta Nozane

GRT Yamaha

1:50.520

1.126

9

Iker Lecuona

HRC

1:50.586

1.192

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Eugene Laverty

Bonovo-BMW

1:50.600

1.206

11

Michael Ruben Rinaldi

Ducati

1:50.632

1.238

12

Philipp Oettl

GeEleven

1:50.713

1.319

13

Scott Redding

BMW

1:50.734

1,340

14

Lucas Mahias

Kawasaki Chipetti

1:51.151

1.757

15

Ilia Mykhalchyk

BMW Motorrad

1:51.438

2.044

16

Xavier Virgo

HRC

1:51.446

2.052

17

Roberto Tamburini

Yamaha Motoxcourse

1:51.737

2.343

18

Axel Bassani

motocross racing

1:51.890

2.496

19

Christophe Ponsson

Gil Motor Sport Yamaha

1:52.727

3.333

20

Luca Bernardi

BARNI

1:52.937

3.543

21

Leandro Mercado

MIE Honda

1:53.100

3.706

22

Olivier Konig

Orelac Racing

1:53.326

3.932

23

Hafizh Syahrin

MIE Racing Honda

1:53.945

4.551

24

Loris Cresson

Pedercini Racing Team

1:54.688

5.294

25

Gabriele Ruiu

Stroke Bmax

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