Guintoli spearheads Aprilia charge on Day One

The combined times after both of today’s Free Practice saw 3 riders end the day at the top: Sylvain Guintoli, Marco Melandri, and Toni Elias.

Sepang (Malaysia) - After a top 3 lockout by Aprilia machines in FP1, the combined times after both of today’s Free Practice saw the same 3 riders end the day at the top, albeit with Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) edging his team mate and first session pace-setter Marco Melandri and a rejuvenated Toni Elias (Red Devils Roma Aprilia), who remained 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Davide Giugliano (Ducati Superbike Team) moved himself to 4th overall with a late surge displacing reigning champion Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) who ended the day 5th and the improving Eugene Laverty (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) who was 6th.

Chaz Davies (Ducati Superbike Team), Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike Team), Loris Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) and Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) rounded out the top ten.

Leon Camier (BMW Motorrad Italia) improved from 15th this morning to head the riders in the EVO category in 12th overall, 0.069s ahead of David Salom (Kawasaki Racing Team) who in turn is a fraction of a second ahead of Claudio Corti (MV Agusta RC - Yakhnich Motorsport) and Team Bimota Alstare’s Christian Iddon who completed the top 15.

Fabien Foret (Mahi Racing Team India Kawasaki) currently holds 20th position overall on combined times with one final session to decide the participants in Tissot-Superpole tomorrow morning. Fellow Frenchman Jeremy Guarnoni (MRS Kawasaki) was 21st today and will be looking to find the 0.007s to elevate himself into Superpole 1.

Times: 1. Guintoli (Aprilia) 2'05.096 average 159.660 kph; 2. Melandri (Aprilia) 2'05.167; 3. Elias (Aprilia) 2'05.222; 4. Giugliano (Ducati) 2'05.278; 5. Sykes (Kawasaki) 2'05.283; 6. Laverty (Suzuki) 2'05.356; 7. Davies (Ducati) 2'05.448; 8. Rea (Honda) 2'05.752; 9. Baz (Kawasaki) 2'05.950; 10. Lowes (Suzuki) 2'06.089; 11. Haslam (Honda) 2'06.607; 12. Camier (BMW) 2'06.898; 13. Salom (Kawasaki) 2'06.967; 14. Corti (MV Agusta) 2'06.978; 15. Iddon (Bimota) 2'06.981; 16. Canepa (Ducati) 2'07.166; 17. Morais (Kawasaki) 2'07.262; 18. Badovini (Bimota) 2'07.582; 19. Andreozzi (Kawasaki) 2'07.830; 20. Foret (Kawasaki) 2'08.165; 21. Guarnoni (Kawasaki) 2'08.172; 22. Toth (BMW) 2'08.347; 23. Lanusse (Kawasaki) 2'08.950; 24. Staring (Kawasaki) 2'09.837; 25. May (EBR) 2'10.761; 26. Sebestyen (BMW) 2'10.825; 27. Yates (EBR) 2'11.191.


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Series World Superbike
Drivers Fabien Foret , Christian Iddon , Eugene Laverty , Marco Melandri , Tom Sykes , Toni Elias , Sylvain Guintoli , Chaz Davies , Jonathan Rea , Claudio Corti , Davide Giugliano , Leon Camier , David Salom , Loris Baz , Jeremy Guarnoni , Alex Lowes
Article type Practice report
Tags chaz davies, davide giugliano, eugene laverty , jonathan rea, marco melandri, sepang, sylvain guintoli, tom sykes, toni elias, wsbk