Kawasaki Racing’s Jonathan Rea picked up from where he left off this morning as the Northern Irish rider finished top of free practice two. Marco Melandri was close behind in P2, while Rea’s teammate Tom Sykes rounded out a successful day for the team in P3.
Rea spent most of the session working on his race pace, carrying out a 19 lap race run at the beginning of the session. The race run consisted of laps mainly in the region of 1:50s and 1:51s which is a huge positive for the two time Champion as he bid to win his fifth consecutive race on Saturday. As the rain started to fall, the Kawasaki rider began his final lap, making it an impressive one as he shot to the top of the standings with a 1:50.062.
It was quite the opposite for Melandri, as the Ducati rider mainly focused on flying laps throughout the session. The Italian stormed to the top of the timesheets with five minutes to go, setting a 1:50.181 but he was later displaced at the top by Rea.
Tom Sykes improved on his Free Practice one, to complete the top three, setting a 1:50.305 after his second flying lap. Track specialist Chaz Davies finished out a rather frustrating day in P4. After suffering engine problems in free practice one, the Ducati rider recorded a solid 19 laps for the session and he will be hoping for a much better Saturday. Alex Lowes had to rely on his free practice one time to keep himself in Superpole two but the Brit will still be pleased with his performance as he rounds out the day in P5.
Spaniards Xavi Fores and Jordi Torres gave the home fans something to cheer about as they finished P6 and P7, ahead of Dutch rider Michael van der Mark, Eugene Laverty and the impressive Leandro Mercado who all booked their places in Superpole two on Saturday.
The Honda duo of Stefan Bradl and Nicky Hayden will be very disappointed with their Friday work as both riders finished outside the top ten and now they have will have to make their way through Superpole one. Markus Reiterberger finished his Friday in a poor P13.