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Mid-season test: Jerez: Rea tops Jerez test as focus shifts to 2017

Jonathan Rea has topped the final in-season World Superbike test at Jerez immediately after moving to the cusp of a second straight world title.
Jonathan Rea has topped the final in-season World Superbike test at Jerez immediately after moving to the cusp of a second straight world title as the majority of teams trailed 2017 parts looking towards next season.

The Kawasaki rider will need to score just two points at the final round in Qatar to guarantee the 2016 World Superbike championship and enjoyed another impressive outing on the ZX-10R by leading the timesheet at the one-day test at the Spanish track with a top time of 1m 40.815s – albeit 1.620s off Tom Sykes' Superpole lap from the race weekend.

Kawasaki concentrated its efforts on preparations for 2017 with a raft of updates as well as a new throttle connection with its current split throttle body being banned by World Superbike rule changes for next season.

The factory efforts of Honda and MV Agusta will also be hit by this change and have begun testing the new specification as Aruba.it Racing Ducati experimented new 2017 parts including new suspension units.

The Pata Yamaha crew continued its 2016 development path as well as working with 2017 updates while at Althea BMW the Italian team ran new front forks and axle clamps.

Pedericini Kawasaki Racing gave World Supersport starlet Illia Mykhalchyk a test on a Superstock 1000 machine alongside Sebestyen Suchet as Saeed Al Sulaiti completed Superbike running. Team Toth Yamaha also completed the one-day test trying out a new engine specification.

Mykhalchyk, Al Sulaiti and Davide Giugliano all suffered falls at turn one while Althea BMW duo Jordi Torres and Markus Reiterberger also went off during the test and in the last hour of action Sykes stopped at turn one with a technical issue.
by Haydn Cobb



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