Jonathan Rea set the pace for Kawasaki on the first day of World Superbike testing at Jerez, though inclement weather conditions would limit track time for all participants.

Following his maiden run with the manufacturer in Aragon, Rea was up to speed again on the Kawasaki ZX-10R, lapping in 1min 44.643secs on a circuit that only ever reached an optimum condition of being mostly dry with wet patches.

As a reference point, Loris Baz's pole position from the Jerez event in September was a 1min 40.298secs, though several riders didn't run with transponders and didn't provide official lap times.

Alex Lowes was second fastest for Voltcom Crescent Suzuki, albeit eight tenths slower, though most eyes were on his new team-mate Randy de Puniet, who turned in his first laps with a 1min 46.317secs effort.

Michael van der Mark was third fastest on his first attempt aboard the PATA Honda Superbike, ahead of Tom Sykes on the second of the Kawasakis. Defending champion Sylvain Guintoli, meanwhile, didn't have so many laps on the bike as he trialled electronics, but did ride with the No.1 plate.

Also on track were Nico Terol and Matteo Baiocco for Althea Ducati, as well as Leon Haslam and Michel Fabrizio for Red Devils Roma Aprilia, but none were classified with lap times.


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