Spanish riders shine in opening session
After the opening 45 minute session at MotorLand Aragon, Chaz Davies emerged on top with his time of 1.52.009s setting the benchmark for the rest of the weekend, as the riders acclimatise to the faster final turn which is being used for the first time in WorldSBK history.
Local rider Xavi Fores, and the second of the Aruba.it Ducati Superbike Team entries, who takes over from Troy Bayliss as the replacement rider for the still injured Davide Giugliano elevated himself into second in the closing minutes (+0.356s), as did Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) who moved into 3rd (+0.629s).
Kawasaki Racing Team riders Tom Sykes (+0.759s) and Jonathan Rea (+0.783s), recorded almost identical times to finish 4th and 5th respectively ahead of former 125cc World Champion Nico Terol (+0.931s) who rode his Althea Racing Ducati into 6th position. Sylvain Guintoli (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) was 7th (+1.006s).
Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda World Superbike Team), and the Aprilia Racing – Red Devils duo of Jordi Torres and Leon Haslam were 8th to 10th at the end of the opening on track action, lapping 1.313s, 1.857s and 1.891s respectively behind the leading time of Davies.
Niccolo Canepa (Team Hero EBR) was the only faller. The Italian finishing 14th overall on the final classification.
Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) missed the first 40 minutes as the team worked on his machine, the Englishman eventually managing to record just one single flying lap which put him 18th.
FP2 is scheduled to take place at 1500 local time.