Latest World Superbike Results
With the shift to a 10:30 start, World Superbike now has to deal with colder temperatures in the mornings. Last year, the noon start meant the race was held at 22ºC compared to today's 16ºC, meaning tyres would play a big part and that settings from the first race would be invalid by the second.
As the riders lined up for the warmer second race, they did so on the softer tyre, all apart from Tom Sykes who stuck with the harder rear.
Fifteen Laps at Aragon, warming up a few degrees from the World Superbike race, World Supersport gave us the tough fighting we expect from the class.
With three fewer laps than last year, World Superbike at Aragon took place under a cool 16-degree sun, the earlier and colder start making tyre choice tricky.
The front two rows of the morning's final timed practice was headed off by factory braces of Aprilias, Kawasakis and Ducatis, with both EVO Bimotas managing to get into Superpole. The weather was not much of an issue in Spain, being cooler than Friday, in spite of occasional light showers.
Results of both Superpole 1 and Superpole 2:
Thanks to the homologation agreements that have been reached, the arrival of Bimota brings the number of manufacturers competing in World Superbike to nine. Their bike is the usual blend of bespoke chassis and off the shelf engine, with a BMW S1000RR power plant being at the heart of their BB3 project. Needing only 125 bikes to be available for sale before the bike is eligible to score points, down from 1000, Bimota will still not be eligible to score points until that number is reached. Ayrton Badovini and Christian Iddon are able at least to run their EVO class bikes in the races even if they can't yet score points. It is estimated that they will reach the required 125 bikes in four months.
The final day of testing for the World Superbike teams was disrupted by the rain, as predicted by the weather service. But the wind and sun between the rain helped dry the track, meaning that the remaining riders still managed to put in a few useful laps at Jerez, though it rendered the times set meaningless.
Sylvain Guintoli was the fastest man on the day, but the Frenchman was over 2 seconds slower than Davide Giugliano's best time from Tuesday. The factory Aprilia rider was half a second quicker than Alex Lowes on the Voltcom Suzuki and a second faster than Jonathan Rea on the Pata Honda. Guintoli's teammate Marco Melandri posted his times in the wet, and was 22 seconds slower than Guintoli.
The weather held for the second day of the World Superbike private test, the threatened rain failing to materialize, and just as on day 1, it was Ducati's Davide Giugliano who was fastest. The Italian destroyed the existing pole record, taking half a second off the time set by Eugene Laverty during last year's Superpole. Loris Baz set the second fastest time, also well under Laverty's official pole record, both Baz and Giugliano having set times on soft qualifying rubber. Tom Sykes' time was also very fast, but the reigning world champion rode without a transponder, his time merely reported.
Jonathan Rea was 4th fastest, the Honda showing clear improvement as the Pata Honda team continue to work on software. Rea ended just fourteen thousandths ahead of the second Ducati of Chaz Davies, who was just under six tenths slower than his Italian teammate. Davies was the last rider to get within a second of Giugliano's time.
With heavy rain forecast for Wednesday, the final day of the test, the riders got most of their work done in the first two days. If the heavy rain does arrive, the teams are likely to pack up and head to Aragon, ready for the second round of World Superbikes scheduled for 13th April.