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WorldSBK Aragon: Last-lap Rea tops second practice

Reigning and five-time WorldSBK king Jonathan Rea led the second free practice session at Aragon this afternoon, opening a 0.136s advantage over Kawasaki team-mate Alex Lowes with Scott Redding making it a British clean sweep.

Rea put in a 1’50.865 to top the session which was considerably slower than this morning due to increased track temperature and used his final lap to depose Lowes, who set a 1’51.001 early doors, before a front-end crash at the stone wall, but it is still Chaz Davies with his time from this morning that is quickest overall.

In what would usually be a race simulation session preparing for the two main events over the weekend, only Davies put in more than 20 laps on his Panigale V4R with the rest of the perceived podium challengers hovering around 15-16.

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Rea had eight laps in the 1’51s with second places Lowes on six but his crash did put paid to more. Redding is working on his engine braking on the drop into the final double left hander but managed to find an improvement in his overall lap time, dropping to a 1’51.031.

However, in terms of pace, the reigning BSB champ still has some work to do with only four 1’51s out of 16 laps in the bag this afternoon.

Top Yamaha was Toprak Razgatlioglu who put in a 1’51.091 on his first flyer before setting down into high 1’51s, low 1’52s. Michael Rinaldi had seven laps in the 1’51s out of his 16 but it’s Davies who is the danger man at arguably his best track.

The Welshman’s best lap was only a 1’51.218 but he followed it with a further 14 1’51s on the Panigale, putting him in good stead for the first feature race tomorrow afternoon.

Leon Haslam finished the session in seventh, one place ahead of Tom Sykes, but there will be long faces in the other side of the Honda garage tonight as Alvaro Bautista did not set a time in the second session.

Michael van der Mark and Eugene Laverty completed the top ten this afternoon with the Irishman finding just a fraction of time over his morning efforts.

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Top ten top speeds

1 33 M. MELANDRI Ducati Panigale V4 R 314,9
2 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 314,9
3 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000RR-R 313,0
4 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 312,1
5 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000RR-R 312,1
6 50 E. LAVERTY BMW S1000 RR 311,2
7 20 S. BARRIER Ducati Panigale V4 R 310,3
8 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R 310,3
9 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 310,3
10 77 M. SCHEIB Kawasaki ZX-10RR 309,5

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