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Jonathan Rea has picked up where he left off having dominated the Portimao race weekend with pole position and a double race victory by topping the test times, while Toprak Razgatlioglu starred for Puccetti Kawasaki.

Rea, who has moved to the cusp of a third consecutive World Superbike title with a commanding 120-point lead in the standings, returned to action as sole test rider for the Kawasaki Racing Team with team-mate Tom Sykes out injured having undergone surgery to fix a two fractures fingers and wrist.

The Northern Irish rider revealed the test would be used to solely focus on his 2018 ZX-10RR ahead of the expected technical rule changes, with a rev limiter rumoured to be introduced for next year, but the changes didn’t halt his momentum with his opening lap of the day faster than his best lap during race two at the Portuguese track.

Rea ended the day on top with a best lap of 1m 42.313s, within one second of his Superpole time set on Saturday, with 53 laps to his name for the day’s action.

Chaz Davies bounced back from his race two off for Racing by taking second on the timesheet – almost half a second off of Rea – with 64 laps completed as team-mate Marco Melandri claimed third on the times with 65 laps completed despite a small of reported midway through the afternoon session.

Razgatlioglu was elected for testing duties at Puccetti Kawasaki in preparation for his expected move up to World Superbikes for 2018 and impressed immediately by ending the test fourth fastest within one second of pace-setter Rea and a useful 62 laps completed. The ex-Red Bull MotoGP rookies rider is currently battling for the European Superstock 1000 crown and closed the gap to eight points on championship leader Michael Ruben Rinaldi with victory this weekend at Portimao.

Eugene Laverty led the Milwaukee Aprilia charge in fifth with 71 laps completed despite a late rain shower curtailing dry runs as he finished the test ahead of Pata Yamaha pair Michael van der Mark (83 laps) and Alex Lowes (46 laps).

The Dutch rider, who claimed his maiden podium for the factory Yamaha team yesterday, will now fly straight to Aragon as replacement for the injured Valentino Rossi for his MotoGP debut.

Lorenzo Savadori finished the test eighth fastest for Milwaukee Aprilia after an out lap technical issue stalled his progress but he kept ahead of Althea BMW rider Jordi Torres who crashed unhurt midway through the morning. Pedericini Kawasaki’s Riccardo Russo claimed 10th on the timesheet in front of Althea BMW test rider Michel Fabrizio.

Davide Giugliano stepped in for testing duties at Red Bull Honda with Stefan Bradl out injured while Takumi Takahashi returned to Japan after his World Superbike debut race weekend. The Italian rider ended the test 12th on the times wit 61 laps notched up for the Ten Kate Racing-run squad.


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