WorldSBK Jerez FP2: Jonathan Rea strikes back in FP2
Jonathan Rea established dominance in FP2 at Jerez.
Jonathan Rea set the fastest lap in the FP2 session as the factory Kawasaki, Ducati, Honda and Yamaha teams locked out the top eight, Rea was the only rider to set a lap time underneath the 1:39 barrier with a time of 1:39.671, lapping a massive 0.399 seconds quicker than Michael Ruben Rinaldi who once again is within the top two and is showing some significant speed this weekend after his podium and win last time in Catalunya.
Third place was occupied by Leon Haslam on the Honda, the British rider performing well on the CBR1000 RR-R in third only 0.014 seconds faster than Scott Redding in fourth who put in a late charge to rise up the timesheets ahead of next years replacement Alvaro Bautista who rounded off the top five.
Alex Lowes led both Brixx Yamaha’s who surprisingly were not within their normal spots at the front end of the grid and instead were in seventh and eighth place with Toprak Razgatlıoğlu the fastest of the two, a surprise given their speed throughout the year however with temperatures expected to rise tomorrow it’s not something which will trouble the Yamaha squad too much as they led top independent rider Garrett Gerloff in ninth and Michael van der Mark in P10.
Replacement rider Loris Baz finished up in a respectable P12 ahead of Eugene Laverty who is riding in place of Tom Sykes this weekend.
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