Rea hits first Bautista and Ducati in Ímola: gets 7 tenths

The Kawasaki driver dominated the two practice sessions and the Spaniard could only finish in fourth place. Davies was second and Tom Sykes got the third BMW.


The fifth date of the Superbike World Championship, that of Ímola, just 50 kilometers from Borgo Panigale, Ducati's home, started with the dominance of Rea and his Kawasaki over the Ducati of Álvaro Bautista and Chaz Davies. the norirlandés marked the best times in the first two sessions of free practice, putting seven tenths to the Talaverano, world leader.

In the FP1 only Haslam, Rhea's partner with the ZX-10RR, and Davies peeked through the fast laps, until the current champion lowered the clock to 1: 46.636, remaining the Welsh Ducati in 1: 46.924 in second place and Bautist third with 1: 47.270. The Ducati returned to mark the best top speed, and that Davies flew up to 285.9 km / h and Rinaldi flew up to 283.7. Rea, meanwhile, left the record at 282.2 and Bautista reached 280.7. In addition, the first session in Ímola left the strong fall of Laverty, who fractured the two dolls.

In the second round of free the vast majority of the pilots improved their records and Bautista was already seen leading the time classification in some Moment, but close to close training Rea went down to 1: 46.374. Second was Davies (1: 46.529) and third was Tom Sykes with the BMW (1: 46.766) . Bautista also lowered the morning time but could not go down until 46: he finished fourth with 1'47.086. Again the Panigale V4 R of Davies was the fastest with 285.9 km / h, while Rea and Bautista equaled in top speed: 283.7.

As for the rest of the Spanish, Jordi Torres finished eleventh and Hector Barberá seventeenth.

Supersport: Caricasulo was the fastest

In the intermediate category of the World SBK the local Caricasulo, second in the overall, scored the best record and did it in the morning session, time that earned him to dominate the combined with 1: 51.278 . Krummenacher, leader of the general and Italian teammate, was third with 1: 51.811. Of the Spaniards, the best placed was Isaac Viñales in sixteenth place, while María Herrera finished nineteenth and Nacho Calero twenty-third.

SSP300: Marc Gacría and Mika Pérez, dominate, Carrasco was seventh and Manuel González, eighth

In the free practice of the SSP300 category was where the Spanish motorcycling received the best news, since Marc García, champion of the category in 2017, and Mika Pérez was the fastest on the asphalt of Ímola. Their times of 2: 07.028 and 2: 07.297 in Group A, could not be beaten by any other Group B driver. In this first group Ana Carrasco, current champion, also participated, who finished seventh with 2: 07.926, while Manuel Gonzalez, world leader after his victories in Aragon and Assen, was eighth with 2: 07.937. A time that brings them closer to the race on Sunday, without having to go through the repechage, where Luna Bayen would also be with her 2: 08.602 and thirteenth position.



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