News 9 Jul 2016

Davies sets day one WorldSBK benchmark at Laguna Seca

West and Brookes get to grips in opening free practices.

Source: Supplied.

Source: Supplied. Racing – Ducati rider Chaz Davies owned the timesheets on day one of World Superbike at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, as the Welshman returned to the track on which he did the double last year to lay down a marker as he gets ready to attack the second half of the season.

Kawasaki Racing Team rider Jonathan Rea ended the day second quickest with two sessions as a front-runner on Friday, ahead of local hero Nicky Hayden on the Honda, who moved up from P12 to P3 in the last few minutes of the session.

KRT rider Tom Sykes was bumped out the top three in the last dash after having had a more difficult morning session, but ended the day in fourth, ahead of FP1’s fastest man Alex Lowes, who rounded out the top five for Pata Yamaha.

Of the Australians, Anthony West was 16th for Pedercini Kawasaki, one place ahead of reigning British champion Josh Brookes aboard the Milwaukee BMW in 17th during his first visit to the famed Monterey circuit.