2017 January WorldSBK Test, Day 1: Rea on Top

01/24/2017 @ 11:45 am, by David Emmett1 COMMENT

The 2017 season is now officially underway, as bikes roll back out for testing. First up are the denizens of the World Superbike series, with most of the major teams getting underway at a sunny, but not especially warm, Jerez de la Frontera circuit.

A good selection of teams are present, including the Kawaski, Honda, Yamaha, Ducati factory teams, the Milwaukee Aprilia squad – now resplendent in their official 2017 colors – the Althea BSB team, and Puccetti Kawasaki.

The WorldSBK riders are joined by the JG Speedfit Kawasaki team from BSB, as well as a selection of World Supersport and Superstock 1000 riders.

Reigning champion Jonathan Rea topped the timesheets, starting the new season where he left off the previous one. Rea was a quarter of a second faster than his Kawasaki teammate Tom Sykes, and six tenths quicker than Chaz Davies on the Aruba.it Ducati. 

Marco Melandri put in a strong showing on his return to WorldSBK, ending just under three hundredths off the pace of Ducati teammate Davies. Alex Lowes was the fastest Yamaha rider, nine tenths off the pace of Rea.

Zulfahmi Khairuddin was the fastest of the World Supersport riders, over half a second ahead of Jules Cluzel, and just ahead of Nacho Calero. Marco Faccani was the quickest in the Superstock 1000 class.

Tuesday was also a day for debuts. The Ten Kate (soon to be Red Bull) Honda team rolled out the brand new 2017 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade at Jerez, a bike with a very different sounding exhaust note.

The brand new Yamaha R6 was out on track too, with Federico Caricasulo and Lucas Mahias riding what looked to be an almost standard road bike. Neither of the official GRT riders were using a transponder.

Times at the end of Tuesday, January 24th:

Pos Class Rider Bike Time Diff Prev Laps
1 SBK Jonathan Rea Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:40.162 60
2 SBK Tom Sykes Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:40.422 0.260 0.260 61
3 SBK Chaz Davies Ducati Panigale R 1:40.784 0.622 0.362 68
4 SBK Marco Melandri Ducati Panigale R 1:40.812 0.650 0.028 71
5 SBK Alex Lowes Yamaha YZF-R1 1:41.058 0.896 0.246 55
6 SBK Xavi Fores Ducati Panigale R 1:41.396 1.234 0.338 50
7 SBK Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia RSV4 RF 1:41.416 1.254 0.020 55
8 SBK Jordi Torres BMW S1000RR 1:41.619 1.457 0.203 65
9 SBK Nicky Hayden Honda CBR1000RR 1:41.830 1.668 0.211 36
10 SBK Michael vd Mark Yamaha YZF-R1 1:41.908 1.746 0.078 67
11 SBK Eugene Laverty Aprilia RSV4 RF 1:42.142 1.980 0.234 52
12 SBK Stefan Bradl Honda CBR1000RR 1:42.255 2.093 0.113 47
13 SBK Markus Reiterberger BMW S1000RR 1:42.530 2.368 0.275 61
14 SBK Randy Krummenacher Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:42.747 2.585 0.217 44
               
1 SSP Zulfahmi Khairuddin Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:45.658     44
2 SSP Jules Cluzel Honda CBR600RR 1:46.182 0.524 0.524 52
3 SSP Nacho Calero Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:46.345 0.687 0.163 60
4 SSP Robin Mulhauser Honda CBR600RR 1:46.479 0.821 0.134 55
5 SSP Kyle Ryde Kawasaki ZX-6R 1:46.729 1.071 0.250 52
6 SSP Hikari Okubo Honda CBR600RR 1:47.107 1.449 0.378 64
               
1 STK Marco Faccani Ducati Panigale R 1:43.769     26
2 STK Michael Rinaldi Ducati Panigale R 1:44.023 0.254 0.254 70
3 STK Mike Jones Ducati Panigale R 1:44.211 0.442 0.188 53
4 STK Alessandro Valia Ducati Panigale R 1:46.256 2.487 2.045 26
5 STK Julian Puffe BMW S1000RR 1:46.932 3.163 0.676 53
               
1 BSB Leon Haslam Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:42.774     52
2 BSB Luke Mossey Kawasaki ZX-10R 1:43.574 0.800 0.800 35

This article was originally published on MotoMatters, and is republished here on Asphalt & Rubber with permission by the author.