Sykes leaves Aragon on top with Camier second

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Both Sykes and his team-mate Loris Baz tried out the latest Showa suspension components and uprated performance parts. With no transponders in place a late claim from one source had Sykes setting a 1’57.2 best lap, although other sources claimed a best of 1’57.7.

Camier made progress with his Fixi Crescent Suzuki’s new engine spec and electronics package. His best time of 1’58 flat, set on the second day, was a sign of improvement in his readiness for the race at Aragon but he was even more excited by the prospect of improving his race starts.

“We concentrated mainly on electronics and engine management. We only started to play with the chassis today, but then it started raining. We also played with starts and that was the big improvement.”

Pata Honda found so many issues with their new electronics packages to the point whereby Rea went back to an older system for a while, before heading back to the new set-up.

Leon Haslam worked on the newer system and acknowledged that it was a difficult few days in general for the team, who will now test at a small circuit of Alcarras for two days, on 6th and 7th before heading back to Motorland for the race

Sam Lowes (Yakhnich Racing Yamaha) finished up fastest WSS rider with a 2’01.7 set on the second day, as he now nurses his sprained left wrist and two broken fingers before heading back for the second round of the WSS series on 14th April.

Kevin Coghlan was second fastest on his DMC Lorenzini Kawasaki, again with a time set on the second day, the best of the three for weather.

Best Lap Times Overall

1/ Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) 1:57.7
2/ Leon Camier (Suzuki) 1:58.0
3/ Jules Cluzel (Suzuki) 1:59.1
4/ Loris Baz (Kawasaki) 1:59.3
5/ Niccolò Canepa (Ducati) 1:59.3
6/ Jonathan Rea (Honda) 1:59.6
7/ Leon Haslam (Honda) 1:59.7
8/ Matteo Baiocco (Ducati) 1:59.9
9/ Federico Sandi (Kawasaki) 2:01.0
10/ Alexander Lundh (Kawasaki) 2:01.7

1/ Sam Lowes (Yamaha) 2:01.7 min
2/ Kevin Coghlan (Kawasaki) 2:02.7
3/ Michael van der Mark (Honda) 2:03.1
4/ Vladimir Leonov (Yamaha) 2:03.2
5/ Luca Scassa (Kawasaki) 2:03.7
6/ Lorenzo Zanetti (Honda) 2:04.2
7/ Gabor Talmacsi (Honda) 2:05.2

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Gordon Ritchie

By Gordon Ritchie