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Jordi Torres finally toppled Max Biaggi from the top spot in World Superbike Free Practice at Misano as he led Jonathan Rea in a closely packed FP3 on Saturday morning.

A session which saw three Aprilias in the first four places, Torres was the first man to lap in the 1m 34s all weekend, his final time of 1m 34.984s good enough to lead his first session in the class by 0.127s.

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Indeed, surprises weren't only limited to the top of the time sheets as Tom Sykes failed to improved his time from Friday. Alex Lowes' late lap pushed him up the order to fifth, leaving Sykes flailing in the other direction.

So often the master of Superpole, Sykes' final lap was a puzzling half second off his previous best, meaning he finished the session eleventh. An entry into the tricky SP1 session awaits.

As team-mate Rea split the Aprilia hegemony, Leon Haslam was another to lap faster than Biaggi's Friday time to sit third come the close of the session. With comeback king Biaggi not improving, the Roman ended the morning fourth overall in a session that saw a second separate the top twelve.

Confident the majority of the electrics problems that have hindered his season since round three are behind him, Lowes' late flyer split Biaggi and Chaz Davies, the Welshman ending the session as the fastest Ducati man in sixth.

A place behind came the impressive Michele Pirro, who finished four hundredths of a second faster than Davide Giugliano. Pirro was only called up to compete this weekend on Friday evening after Luca Scassa's wildcard appearance was cut short thanks to the broken collarbone he sustained on Friday afternoon.

An eventful morning for the Ducati test rider, Pirro had to pick himself up from a small get-off at turn 14 early in the session after losing the front end of his Panigale.

Fellow Italian and Ducati runner Matteo Baiocco was a solid ninth while Sylvain Guintoli rounded out the top ten in a session that was red flagged after a Leon Camier crash necessitated the red flags due to his MV Agusta laying oil on the track at turn ten.

It has proved to be a trying weekend for Camier until this point as machine issues limited him to completing just four laps on Friday. He ended the session in 19th.

Joining Sykes and Camier in SP1 will be Ayrton Badovini (twelfth), Niccol? Canepa (13th) and Michael van der Mark (17th), who has struggled to dial his CBR1000RR into Misano's slow first and second gear corners.