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Tom Sykes heads up the opening free practice session at the Lausitzring as the World Superbike championship returns from its summer break.

The Kawasaki Racing Team rider, who turns 32 on Saturday, dominated top spot on the timesheet throughout FP1 but saw a number of riders trade times to close the gap as team-mate Jonathan Rea eventually claimed second at the chequered flag.

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Sykes has been instantly on the pace in Germany and his best lap of 1m 37.357s is already under the lap record set by Chaz Davies last year to give him almost two-tenths of an advantage on Rea. Davies secured third on his Aruba.it Racing Ducati as the front three stayed clear of the rest of the field throughout the session to give the sharp-end a familiar look.

Milwaukee Aprilia have quickly dialled in the RSV4 RF at the Lausitzring with Lorenzo Savadori fourth and Eugene Laverty fifth respectively and within half a second off of pace-setter Sykes.

Wildcard rider Markus Reiterberger looks to have made the most of his home advantage having jumped to sixth overall, and fastest BMW rider, for the Van Zon Remeha squad. The German rider will be keen to impress having split from Althea BMW earlier in the season before returning to the IDM German Superbike series.

Leon Camier continued to keep the MV Agusta progress running with seventh in the FP1 session and ahead of Jordi Torres on the Althea BMW plus both Pata Yamaha riders with Alex Lowes ninth and Michael van der Mark rounding out the top ten.

Stefan Bradl led the Red Bull Honda charge at his home round with 11th, while new team-mate Davide Giugliano eased back into World Superbikes in 17th, but Giugliano’s Aruba.it Racing Ducati replacement Marco Melandri also struggled to get up to speed and ended FP1 down in 14th.