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Chaz Davies has ended the first day of free practice for the ninth round of the 2014 World Superbike Championship with the top time in a typically closely fought FP3 session around the compact Laguna Seca circuit.
Third quickest in FP1 and second after FP2, Ducati rider Davies elevated himself to the top spot in FP3 with the fastest lap of the day, his effort of 1min 23.293secs proving just enough to keep the Aprilias of Sylvain Guintoli and Marco Melandri at bay in second and third.
Unable to improve on the time that saw him top FP2, Tom Sykes slipped down to fourth place at the end of the day but was still less than two tenths from the leading positions, while less than seven tenths would cover a top nine also comprising of Alex Lowes in a fine fifth, Eugene Laverty, Jonathan Rea, Leon Haslam and Davide Giugliano.
Toni Elias rounded out the top ten but was lucky not to be demoted further after a crash on the Red Devils Roma Aprilia brought out the red flags and left him on the sidelines for a time.
As such, Loris Baz finds himself outside of a top ten position he needs to secure an automatic spot in SP2, the Frenchman only 12th quickest after the three practice sessions, behind leading EVO contender Niccolo Canepa on the Althea Ducati.
It means he will be joined in an unfamiliar SP1 session by the majority of the EVO riders, including Kawasaki Racing team-mate and EVO leader David Salom, Sylvain Barrier, Christian Iddon, Ayrton Badovini and Alessandro Andreozzi.
Also making it through to Superpole, arguably against the odds, was Leon Camier, the British rider making notable gains in all three sessions to get the MV Agusta F4 he is riding for the first time this weekend up into 18th place.
However, with the Grillini Kawasakis of Bryan Staring and Sheridan Morais snatching the final top twenty positions in 19th and 20th respectively, there was disappointment for the local EBR team after Geoff May missed out on a Superpole spot by just 0.014secs.
A disappointment for EBR having held down provisional Superpole positions in FP1 and FP2, Geoff May will be forced to start in 22nd place, behind Jeremy Guarnoni, while team-mate Aaron Yates is 25th behind Larry Pegram (on a privateer EBR 1190 RX) and Gabor Rizmayer, but ahead of Chris Ullrich and Peter Sebestyen.