Loris Baz knocked off the rust faster than the other riders Friday in the resumption of the World Superbike Championship after nearly two months off. Baz ended the day by topping the final P2 session on his factory Kawasaki with a time of 1:42.677. Gold   Goose photo

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Loris Baz knocked off the rust faster than the other riders Friday in the resumption of the World Superbike Championship after nearly two months off. Baz ended the day by topping the final P2 session on his factory Kawasaki with a time of 1:42.677.Baz topped a very tightly contested session that saw the top 10 riders all within 4-10ths of a second.

Temperatures at Jerez soared in FP2 leaving many to think that few riders would better their times from FP1. This was looking the case until the final 6 minutes when several fast laps completely changed the running order.

After topping FP1 Marco Melandri (Aprilia Racing Team) was unable to improve but with only one rider bettering the Italian’s time from this morning he remained in a solid 2nd overall.

Baz (Kawasaki Racing Team) was the biggest improver, jumping from fifth to the top of the timing sheet with a lap time of 1.42.677. The Frenchman is looking confident over a number of laps at the technical Spanish circuit and on today’s performance looks set to feature highly in the races on Sunday.

Behind Baz, Melandri and Sykes there were other significant improvers namely Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) who elevated himself into contention in 4th, ahead of Davide Giugliano (Ducati Superbike Team) and 2013 race winner Eugene Laverty (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki) who completed the top 6.

Chaz Davies fell from his Ducati for the second time in as many sessions and dropped to 7th ahead of Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team), Toni Elias (Red Devils Roma Aprilia) and Jonathan Rea (Pata Honda World Superbike Team) who was 10th.

In the EVO fight Team Pedercini’s Alessandro Andreozzi closed to within 1.3s of the fastest time of the day with an impressive 1.44.031, the Italian claiming an impressive 12th overall.

Currently the final participant in Superpole 1 is the returning from injury Imre Toth (Team Toth BMW) but with FP3 still to come tomorrow morning there is still a chance for others to make it through.

World Superbike Free Practice 2 Results from Jerez

1

76

L. BAZ

Kawasaki ZX-10R

1'42.677

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

33

M. MELANDRI

Aprilia RSV4 Factory

1'42.768

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

1

T. SYKES

Kawasaki ZX-10R

1'42.813

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

91

L. HASLAM

Honda CBR1000RR

1'42.881

 

 

 

 

 

 

5

34

D. GIUGLIANO

Ducati 1199 Panigale R

1'42.896

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

58

E. LAVERTY

Suzuki GSX-R1000

1'42.899

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

7

C. DAVIES

Ducati 1199 Panigale R

1'42.916

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

50

S. GUINTOLI

Aprilia RSV4 Factory

1'42.995

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

24

T. ELIAS

Aprilia RSV4 Factory

1'43.067

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

65

J. REA

Honda CBR1000RR

1'43.079

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

22

A. LOWES

Suzuki GSX-R1000

1'43.204

 

 

 

 

 

 

12

21

A. ANDREOZZI

Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO

1'44.031

 

 

 

 

 

 

13

52

S. BARRIER

BMW S1000 RR EVO

1'44.343

 

 

 

 

 

 

14

44

D. SALOM

Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO

1'44.363

 

 

 

 

 

 

15

59

N. CANEPA

Ducati 1199 Panigale R EVO

1'44.389

 

 

 

 

 

 

16

32

S. MORAIS

Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO

1'44.468

 

 

 

 

 

 

17

71

C. CORTI

MV Agusta F4 RR

1'44.860

 

 

 

 

 

 

18

11

J. GUARNONI

Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO

1'44.919

 

 

 

 

 

 

19

67

B. STARING

Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO

1'45.133

 

 

 

 

 

 

20

10

I. TOTH

BMW S1000 RR

1'46.087

 

 

 

 

 

 

21

99

G. MAY

EBR 1190 RX

1'46.614

 

 

 

 

 

 

22

16

G. RIZMAYER

BMW S1000 RR EVO

1'46.657

 

 

 

 

 

 

23

23

L. SCASSA

Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO

1'47.525

 

 

 

 

 

 

24

20

A. YATES

EBR 1190 RX

1'47.617

 

 

 

 

 

 

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