WSB: Davies leads Camier on opening day in France
The first practice sessions in the FIM Superbike World Championship saw Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati) fastest, and then faster again in the afternoon practice period, automatically qualifying him into Superpole 2 as the quickest rider.
Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) had not one but three technical problems with his rear brake that stopped him out on track in the second session this afternoon. He had been fastest of all before his second enforced halt, but was taken from the top of the times by - first of all - Davies and then the flying MV Agusta Reparto Corse F4 of Leon Camier. Camier finished second after the first two practice sessions.
With Tykes third points leader Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) was fourth, with another British rider Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) making it an all-British top five.
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Michael van der Mark (Honda World Superbike Team) was the only Honda rider on the front two rows, in sixth, despite missing the morning session with an engine problem.
Privateer Xavi Fores (Barni Racing Team Ducati) took his well-equipped Ducati to seventh, ahead of Lorenzo Savadori (IodaRacing Team Aprilia).
Local hero and second fastest Yamaha man Sylvain Guintoli (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) was a disappointed ninth, the first BMW that of Jordi Torres (Althea BMW Racing Team) tenth.
Nicky Hayden (Honda World Superbike Team) placed 13th in his first visit to Magny-Cours.