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Jonathan Rea has begun his World Superbike championship clincher in emphatic style by blasting past his rivals to top FP1 by over a quarter of a second with a late flying lap to beat Chaz Davies.
Needing just two points to seal the 2016 World Superbike title, Rea could be excused for taking it easy to avoid unnecessary crashes ahead of the final two races of the year but on his final FP1 run he produced an impressive 1m 58.197s to go quickest by 0.263s from Aruba.it Racing Ducati's Davies.
Off the back of four straight wins Davies started the final round the fastest by setting a benchmark of 1m 59.443s as the World Superbike pack got on to speed at Losail.
Michael van der Mark put in a strong showing for the Honda Fireblade's final appearance in World Superbikes before the introduction of the 2017 model by taking third on the timesheet ahead of Pata Yamaha duo Alex Lowes and Sylvain Guintoli.
Nicky Hayden, fresh from MotoGP action at Phillip Island, slipped back to sixth overall late on but stayed ahead of Barni Ducati's Xavi Fores and Aruba.it Racing Ducati's Davide Giugliano, who is celebrating his 27th birthday today.
Althea BMW duo Jordi Torres and Raffaele De Rosa completed the top ten runners ahead of IodaRacing Aprilia's Alex de Angelis and Lorenzo Savadori as Tom Sykes had a slower start to the race weekend down in 13th but in front of Leon Camier and Josh Brookes.
It was a frustrating opening session for the returning Leon Haslam at Pedercini Kawasaki with only three untimed out laps to his name in the first 50 minutes of the session, but the British Superbike runner-up did notch up a couple of timed laps to end FP1 24th overall.