The 24-year-old Englishman was the first rider to break the 1’35 barrier to record a 1’34.685s lap time.
The Briton on lap record pace on the opening day of WorldSBK action
The two Ducati Superbike men quickly got to work setting up their 1199 Panigale bikes.
Tom Sykes elevated himself to 2nd despite running off track in the final few moments of the session.
Ayrton Badovini and Christian Iddon made a positive start on the opening day of the sixth round of this year’s championship at Sepang circuit.
Davide Giugliano and Chaz Davies completing the first two timed practice sessions of the weekend.
At the end of three sessions, Christian Iddon and Ayrton Badovinicould not be split – both ended with identical lap times of 1:29.99 !!!
Davide Giugliano and Chaz Davies concluded today’s three timed practice sessions in overall second and tenth position.
The reigning Champion was within half a second of his own outright circuit record and he takes an advantage of almost a quarter of a second into tomorrow.
Riders Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano closed day one of timed practice in third and fifth position respectively.
The Italian rider scores the third fastest time of the day aboard his 1199 Panigale; Chaz Davies victim of a crash during the second practice session
Chaz Davies finished seventh on the provisional third row.
Carlos Checa and Ayrton Badovini crashed, injuring themselves in the process.
Carlos Checa and Ayrton Badovini were on track at Silverstone today.
Marco Melandri finished first qualifying practice sixth on the provisional second row on his BMW S 1000 RR and his team-mate Chaz Davies (GBR) was 11th.