The World Superbike Championship has fired back into action with Ducati dominating the opening day of a private test at Jerez.
Ahead of the second WSBK round at Motorland Aragon, five of the teams have travelled out to Spain to bring themselves up to speed and prepare themselves for a busy European period, with Davide Giugliano and Chaz Davies confirming the positive steps forward made by Ducati over the winter by pacing the first day.
Quickest of all was Giugliano by a comfortable four tenths of a second, ahead of 1199 Panigale team-mate Davies, while Tom Sykes followed up in third on the Kawasaki a further tenth behind.
After a difficult opening round, Jonathan Rea – who didn't race at Jerez in 2013 – was fourth best for Pata Honda, ahead of leading Aprilia rider Sylvain Guintoli and Suzuki's Alex Lowes, the WSBK rookie showing good pace despite his injured ankle.
Marco Melandri, Loris Baz, Leon Haslam and Phillip Island race winner Eugene Laverty rounded out the top ten, while Kawasaki Racing's David Salom was 11th quickest as the sole EVO rider present at the test.
1. Davide Giugliano
ITA Ducati SBK 1199 Panigale R 1m 41.056s
2. Chaz Davies
GBR Ducati SBK 1199 Panigale R 1m 41.468s
3. Tom Sykes
GBR Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R 1m 41.545s
4. Jonathan Rea
GBR PATA Honda CBR1000RR 1m 41.624s
5. Sylvain Guintoli
FRA Aprilia Racing RSV4 1m 41.754s
6. Alex Lowes
GBR Voltcom Crescent Suzuki GSX-R1000 1m 41.821s
7. Marco Melandri
ITA Aprilia Racing RSV4 1m 41.905s
8. Loris Baz
FRA Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R 1m 41.932s
9. Leon Haslam
GBR PATA Honda CBR1000RR 1m 42.153s
10. Eugene Laverty
IRL Voltcom Crescent Suzuki GSX-R1000 1m 42.648s
11. David Salom
ESP Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R 1m 43.642s