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Roberto Tamburini pipped Kev Coghlan to top spot in the first free practice session of the 2015 European Superstock Championship at Aragon.

The Italian, who is making his class debut this weekend after five years in the World Supersport class, took first position with three minutes to spare with a 1m 54.799s lap, a full four tenths faster than the Scotsman.

Coghlan had set the early running in his first official session aboard the MRS Yamaha R1. His early lap in the low 1m 55s bracket was good enough to sit one second faster than the rest of the field at the session's halfway point.

However a late flurry of laps saw the Scot up his game. His best time, set as the chequered flag was readied to end the session, pushed Bryan Staring back to third, who himself had climbed towards the upper reaches of the top ten in the dying moments.

2014 series runner up Lorenzo Savadori was fourth fastest aboard his Nuova M2 Racing Aprilia ahead of Romain Lanusse and Ondrej Jezek. As riders got to grips with their latest machinery times were fairly spread out at the front with 0.898s covering the top six.

Coghlan's team-mate Florian Marino (+1.320s) was seventh fastest as he too makes a step up to 1000cc machinery. Next along was fellow Frenchman Jeremy Guarnoni (+1.464s) and Dutchman Tony Cave?a, who is debuting aboard the Ducati Panigale. Swiss rider Sebastien Suchet rounded out the top ten.

Further down the order former double Superstock champion Sylvain Barrier was 15th fastest aboard the G.M Racing Yamaha R1. Barrier was dropped by the BMW Motorrad Italia outfit after an underwhelming start to his Superbike campaign. He finished his first session on the machine 2.6s slower than Tamburini's best time.

 

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