Jonathan Rea opened FP1 at Navarra on top as the track makes its debut.
Jonathan Rea led a tightly contested top three at Navarra with the trio of Rea, Razgatlioglu and Redding all within 0.200 seconds of one another, these three were the only riders under the 1:38 second barrier as the grid undergoes their first laps on the circuit in an official race meeting. It was a chaotic last few minutes in the session with various riders going head to head to try and lead FP1 with Scott Redding being demoted to third place after leading most of the session.
The fastest independent rider was Garrett Gerloff in fourth place, he was the first rider outside of the 1:37’s with a time of 1:38.082 seconds only a tiny 0.015 ahead of Andrea Locatelli in fifth place, the incredibly fast rookie rider rounding off the top 5 ahead of Chaz Davies in sixth.
Alvaro Bautista in seventh place is getting his head down and focusing on the racing despite a lot of attention surrounding him regarding a possible move back to Ducati to replace the BMW bound Scott Redding, for now though his focus is on Honda, but he has confirmed that he has recieved offers from other teams.
Yesterday’s birthday boy Tom Sykes celebrated his birthday by being told he was being replaced by Scott Redding, however the team have confirmed they are in talks with him to place him on a Bonovo BMW next to Jonas Folger next year. Rounding off the top 10 were Michael Ruben Rinaldi thwen Alex Lowes 0.935 off his teammate in P1.
Featured image – WorldSBK