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Brno WSBK: Rea tops twice red-flagged Friday running

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Brno WSBK: Rea tops twice red-flagged Friday running
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Jun 8, 2018, 2:39 PM

Kawasaki's Jonathan Rea topped two of the three World Superbike practice sessions at Brno, as Friday's running was twice red-flagged due to incidents at Turn 5.

Yonny Hernandez had a crash in FP2 and, with the former MotoGP rider's Pedercini Kawasaki hitting the wall, the session was suspended "due to safety standards".

The red flag was also shown in FP3 when the engine of Michael Ruben Rinaldi's Ducati blew up and left oil on the track.

Rinaldi's day started promisingly as the Ducati junior rider dominated a wet-but-drying FP1.

He was nine tenths quicker than the second-placed Althea BMW of Loris Baz, followed by Barni Ducati's Xavi Fores and Hernandez.

In FP2, now in dry conditions, Rea controlled proceedings as he took an early lead and stayed ahead as he improved several times.

He held the advantage throughout the session with the gap only shrinking after a couple of late improvements from his rivals after the chequered flag fell.

Tom Sykes ended up completing a Kawasaki 1-2, 0.223s behind Rea, narrowly edging out the Ducati Marco Melandri, Alex Lowes (Yamaha) and Chaz Davies (Ducati).

While Rea's FP2 benchmark of 1m59.448s was unbeaten for most of the final practice, the reigning champion still led for the majority of the session.

Yamaha's Michael van der Mark and Aprilia's Lorenzo Savadori temporarily took over after the session was restarted from Rinaldi's incident.

But Rea quickly fought back and ended up narrowly lowering his own benchmark with a 1m59.403s.

Savadori stayed second with Melandri edging ahead of van der Mark, who was last of the four riders to go below the two-minute barrier in FP3.

In the overall order, however Sykes stayed second behind Rea, with Melandri, Savadori and Lowes completing the top five.

Davies was only ninth in FP3 but made it to SP2 in sixth on combined times, ahead of van der Mark and Rinaldi. The final two automatic SP2 spots went to Honda's Leon Camier and Baz.

Toprak Razgatlioglu (Puccetti Kawasaki) suffered a crash in FP3 and was 18th overall, only beating the Hondas of Jake Gagne and PJ Jacobsen.

Practice results (combined):

Pos.#RiderBikeTimeGap
1 1 united_kingdom Jonathan Rea  Kawasaki 1'59.403  
2 32 italy Lorenzo Savadori  Aprilia 1'59.830 0.427
3 33 italy Marco Melandri  Ducati 1'59.880 0.477
4 60 netherlands Michael van der Mark  Yamaha 1'59.978 0.575
5 66 united_kingdom Tom Sykes  Kawasaki 2'00.053 0.650
6 21 italy  Michael Ruben Rinaldi  Ducati 2'00.191 0.788
7 2 united_kingdom Leon Camier  Honda 2'00.237 0.834
8 22 united_kingdom Alex Lowes  Yamaha 2'00.254 0.851
9 7 united_kingdom Chaz Davies  Ducati 2'00.275 0.872
10 50 ireland Eugene Laverty  Aprilia 2'00.477 1.074
11 76 france Loris Baz  BMW 2'00.654 1.251
12 36 argentina Leandro Mercado  Kawasaki 2'00.928 1.525
13 81 spain Jordi Torres  MV Agusta 2'01.005 1.602
14 12 spain Xavi Fores  Ducati 2'01.073 1.670
15 68 colombia Yonny Hernandez  Kawasaki 2'01.220 1.817
16 54 turkey Toprak Razgatlioglu  Kawasaki 2'01.279 1.876
17 40 spain Roman Ramos  Kawasaki 2'01.465 2.062
18 99 united_states PJ Jacobsen  Honda 2'01.509 2.106
19 45 united_states Jake Gagne  Honda 2'01.549 2.146
20 37 czech_republic Ondrej Jezek  Yamaha 2'02.020 2.617
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Series World Superbike
Event Brno
Location Brno Circuit
Drivers Jonathan Rea
Teams Kawasaki Racing
Author David Gruz