Five British riders, on four different types of machinery, led the first day charge at the 12th round of the FIM Superbike World Championship at Magny-Cours in France.
New world champion Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) convincingly headed the opening day with a 1’37.750 that was 0.294 ahead of second place rider Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati WSB). It was also under the existing race lap record after only one day of action, but does not count as a new record as it was not set during a race.
Third place on day one went to Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) with Leon Haslam (Aprilia Racing Team - Red Devils) fourth and Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) completing a red, white and blue top five.
Behind the leading quintet privateer Ducati rider for Althea Racing, Niccolo Canepa, secured sixth place and an overnight second row position.
Jordi Torres (Aprilia Racing Team - Red Devils), Matteo Baiocco (Althea Racing Ducati) and this weekend’s replacement for the injured Davide Giugliano, team test rider Luca Scassa (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati WSB), completed the top nine places. The first BMW home belonged to Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team), in tenth. Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) was 15th on the lone MV.