Rinaldi surprises Rea with the best free time

The independent Ducati rider took both heats ahead of the reigning champion by just a few thousandths. Redding, far behind, was overtaken by Davies.

The first two free runs of the Teruel Pirelli Round, the second consecutive race at the Alcañiz circuit, have placed Michael Rinaldi as the rival to beat, beating Jonathan Rea by a few thousandths, who seems to be heading straight for his sixth title. In Aragon he got two victories out of three, on a track made for Ducati. With 10 points away, only Redding seems capable of fighting him the World Cup, although in the opening stages at Motorland, the Briton has been far from the top positions.

The first free practice session started with great force thanks to a Rinaldi who beat Rea stopping the clock with a 1.49.850, being the only one capable of getting down from '1.50' next to the Briton. Alex Lowes was third to half a second, cementing Kawasaki's performance. Tom Sykes surprised with the fourth best time, followed by the two Yamahas of Razgatlioglu and Van Der Mark.

The evening training was a carbon copy with Rinaldi in the lead again, this time by only a thousandth of difference with Rea. The rest of positions were exactly the same, except for the sixth of Van Der Mark, assaulted by Chaz Davies. Bautista improved to seventh place, still far from the best. Redding, somewhat insecure during the day today, could only be ninth and it is complicated over the weekend.Supersport

In the intermediate category, Locatelli's pylon hammer struck again as usual and prevailed in both sessions with a half-second advantage over Raffaele de Rosa and Lucas Mahias. Isaac Viñales suffered a hard crash at turn four while trying to get past Webb. The Spanish pilot was able to get up without problems.

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Scott Deroue set the fastest time in the first session, being enough to stay at the top of the standings. The Dutch rider arrived with enthusiasm after last weekend's crash that snatched the leadership of the World Championship. Iñigo Iglesisas amazed with the second time and Ana Carrasco was fifth at just over six tenths. Championship leader Jeffrey Buis was more than a second behind Deroue's 2.05.899.

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