The 2016 WorldSuperbikes Championship season Kickstarter today 26, January, 2016 as Jerez de la Frontera hosted the first 2016 Tests. 2013 World Champion Tom Sykes ended the day as the fastest rider in the 1:40s with’s Chaz Davies second fastest aboard the Ducati Panigale R by just over a tenth and a half behind the Kawasaki ZX10R. Reigning champion Jonathan Rea finished third. MotoGP Legend and 2006 World Champion Nicky Hayden came fourth Racing riders Davies and Giugliano on the Ducati 1199 Panigale R both managed times in the 1:41s, with Davies faster than his teammate by a sizeable margin of around 7 tenths. After a season long of injury, Davide Giugliano will be looking at recovering and getting used to the Panigale 1199 R.

The morning gloom saw most stay off track until later in the day, with the first hour of action only seeing one timed lap, set by Leon Camier. The MV Agusta rider today evaluated a new, lower fuel tank; a different one to that tested by fellow team member Marco Melandri in November.

Alex Lowes and Sylvain Guintoli kept the new Yamaha YZF R1 in the top ten by taking P5 and P9 respectively, with the British rider managing a 1:41.505 by the end of the day. Lowes reports to still be missing some strength in his arm after crashing in Jerez before Christmas, consequently only putting in just over half the laps by his teammate, 2014 Champion Guintoli.


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