A mighty last gasp effort from Jonathan Rea saw him end two days of World Superbike testing at Imola with the fastest time.

The Northern Irishman battled it out with Michel Fabrizio for top honours during the latter stages of the afternoon session, the Italian's initial effort of 1min 48.847secs being bettered at the chequered flag by Rea's 1min 48.670secs

Further proof that the Ten Kate Honda is beginning to find its form alongside its Ducati and Yamaha rivals, Misano winner Rea's time was all the more impressive given he was the only rider to make a significant improvement between sessions.

Indeed, with only a handful of riders slicing a few hundredths off their times from the morning session, the combined top ten looked almost identical at the end of the day, with Lorenzo Lanzi, Ben Spies and Tom Sykes completing the overall top five.

The session itself saw Rea's team-mate Carlos Checa go third fastest, ahead of Leon Haslam and Ben Spies, while Ryuichi Kiyonari, Max Biaggi and Makoto Tamada made their first top ten appearances of the week in sixth, seventh and ninth respectively, even if it only moved them up marginally overall.

Attention now turns to the new World Superbike event at Brno in just over a week's time, where championship leader Noriyuki Haga is expected to resume his place on the grid as he continues to recover from his Donington Park injuries.