Jonathan Rea has topped all three free practice sessions in Qatar to maintain his control of the timesheet in the World Superbike championship for Kawasaki.

Rea heads into the 2017 final round needing two wins to surpass Colin Edwards’ World Superbike most points record set in 2002 and looks on strong form both over a single lap and on yesterday’s race simulation at a circuit Kawasaki has never won at.

In the short FP3 run as the sun set on the Losail International Circuit, Rea produced a 1m 57.493s to pull out a whopping 0.857s on nearest challenger Marco Melandri while Alex Lowes continued his promising start to the race weekend in third for Pata Yamaha.

Tom Sykes bounced back from an engine blowout in FP2 to take fourth for Kawasaki in the final practice session as Michael van der Mark, fresh from his MotoGP debutant standing in for Jonas Folger in Malaysia, rounded out the top five.

Chaz Davies ended the session sixth fastest on the Racing Ducati in his bid to take the runner-up spot in the riders’ championship against Sykes with Barni Ducat’s Xavi Fores in seventh.

Fresh from confirming his MV Agusta switch for 2018, Jordi Torres placed his Althea BMW eighth on the FP3 timesheet as Raffaele De Rosa (Althea BMW) and Sylvain Guintoli (Puccetti Kawasaki) completed the top ten.


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