A flurry of fast late laps from Jordi Torres has seen him top the timesheets in first free practice for the final round of the World Superbike Championship in Qatar.

Riding the bike that dominated last year's event - and led to Sylvain Guintoli snatching the title from Tom Sykes -, Torres sprung to the head of the order in the closing stages with a 1min 58.744secs lap.

Denying new champion Jonathan Rea, the Ulsterman nonetheless led a Kawasaki 2-3 in front of Sykes as they bid to end the manufacturer's triumphant year on another high note.

Fresh from the announcement he will be joined by former MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden in 2016, Michael van der Mark took the PATA Honda to fourth, ahead of Chaz Davies and Suzuki pair Alex Lowes and Randy de Puniet.

Torres' team-mate Leon Haslam was eighth fastest, heading off Niccolo Canepa and Sylvain Guintoli, who was tenth best despite missing part of the session due to technical issues.

Xavi Fores - the latest stand-in for Davide Giugliano at Ducati - was the only rider to crash when he slipped coming out of the final turn, but he was back on the bike later in the session to go 13th best.


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