Alex Lowes moved to the top of the timesheets on the second day of World Superbike testing at Jerez as the present teams managed to get some meaningful dry weather running.

Despite a damp start to the day, the riders would notch up good laps on their bikes, with Voltcom Crescent Suzuki's Lowes proving quickest with a best lap of 1min 40.730secs, just five tenths shy of Loris Baz's pole position lap time from September's race meeting.

Having been slower than new team-mate Jonathan Rea on day one, Tom Sykes rose to second fastest, just a tenth off Lowes, while Leon Haslam was an impressive third best as he continues to adapt to his Red Devils Roma Aprilia RSV4. His lap of 1min 40.865secs was half a second better than his qualifying time on the PATA Honda two months ago.

Rea was fourth quickest on the second of the Kawasakis after completing 76 laps, while Michel Fabrizio did his chances of securing the available spot alongside Haslam at Red Devils Roma plenty of good by proving fifth best.

Defending champion Sylvain Guintoli was sixth fastest of those who would set an official lap time, while the series' newcomers - Michael van der Mark and Randy de Puniet - brought up the rear in seventh and eighth, 1.9s and 2.2s off the top pace respectively.

Though no times were officially recorded, Barni Ducati's Leandro Mercado and Althea Ducati's Matteo Baiocco and Nico Terol were also in attendance.

The test continues through the week with Ducati and MV Agusta taking over for the next three days, while Kawasaki, Honda, Suzuki and BMW Italia will resume on Thursday.



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