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New World Superbike Championship leader Jonathan Rea has concluded his hugely successful Imola weekend in style by topping the official post-event test around the Italian circuit
The PATA Honda rider, who won both races from pole position at Imola to elevate himself to the head of the standings in 2014 for the first time, was on track to trial new features as he now heads to Donington Park to consolidate his new advantage.
Setting a best time over the six hours of 1min 47.225secs – a second slower than his pole position winning time – Rea was less than a tenth up on fellow Imola podium winner Chaz Davies on the Ducati, with Toni Elias turning in the third best time.
Looking to bounce back after a difficult weekend for Suzuki, Eugene Laverty was fourth fastest, ahead of Davide Giugliano and Alex Lowes, with Marco Melandri and Sylvain Guintoli seventh and eighth as they test new parts to improve the competitiveness of the Aprilia RSV4.
Similarly, series newcomers Bimota, MV Agusta and Erik Buell Racing stayed behind to put miles on their respective BB3, F4 and 1190RX machines, though Kawasaki Racing was a notable absentee.
In the EVO class, Niccolo Canepa was quickest in tenth overall, just ahead of Leon Camier and Ayrton Badovini, while Lorenzo Savadori made an appearance on the Pedercini Kawasaki to set the 14th best time, ahead of regular riders Luca Scassa and Alessandro Andreozzi.
The test was also the chance to test the developmental compounds brought by Pirelli, the Official Tyre Supplier of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship. Two new front tyre solutions for both full-spec Superbikes and EVO machines, as well as two specifically developed rear compounds for each category, were made available to the teams.