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Rea just on top in Portimao WorldSBK test

Monday, January 29 2018

Reigning three time WorldSBK champion Jonathan Rea again posted the fastest time in pre-season testing at Jerez today (Monday), but was pushed all the way by Honda's Leon Camier and Yamaha's Alex Lowes.

Having topped the times by half a second on Sunday, just 0.148 seconds covered the top-three runners in today's test, with Rea 0.138s ahead of the impressive Camier, who continues to adapt well to his new Red Bull Honda, with Lowes just a further 0.010s behind.

Dutchman Michael van der Mark completed a strong day for Yamaha by posting the fourth fastest time, ahead of Turkish newcomer Toprak Razgatlıoğlu in a strong fifth for Puccetti Kawasaki.

Tom Sykes could only manage the sixth quickest time ahead of Eugene Laverty's Milwaukee Aprilia, with Ducati pairing Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri eighth and ninth. Jordi Torres completed the top-10 for MV Agusta.

World Superbike test result, Portimao:

1. Jonathan Rea, Kawasaki, 1m41.485s
2. Leon Camier, Honda, +0.138s
3. Alex Lowes, Yamaha, +0.148s
4. Michael van der Mark, Yamaha, +0.543s
5. Toprak Razgatlıoğlu, Kawasaki, +0.620s
6. Tom Sykes, Kawasaki, +0.827s
7. Eugene Laverty, Aprilia, +1.015s
8. Chaz Davies, Ducati, +1.057s
9. Marco Melandri, Ducati, +1.117s
10. Jordi Torres, MV Agusta, +1.197s

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