WorldSBK Navarra Practice Results | Rea leads titles rivals as Navarra bows

Jonathan Rea leads WorldSBK title rivals Toprak Razgatlioglu and Scott Redding as the riders got acclimatised with the Navarra Circuit for the first time

Jonathan Rea - Kawasaki Racing Team

Jonathan Rea topped the first day of free practice running around the Navarra Circuit in Spainas the WorldSBK Championship riders became acclimatised to the all-new venue.

Making its debut on the WorldSBK calendar this year, though some riders have already tested around the Basque circuit ahead of the weekend, it was still a chance to see which riders were in best shape for what promises to be a crucial weekend for the title contenders.

As it happens, the top three at the end of the day are exactly as they are placed in the overall standings with Rea's top time from the morning not being surpassed by Toprak Razgatliolu, despite the Turk going quickest in the warmer afternoon sessions.

Fresh from the announcement he will join BMW next season, Ducati's Scott Redding was third fastest, the top three split by just over a tenth of a second.

In fourth, Garrett Gerloff was among the front-runners but blotted his copybook with an off at Turn 4, the American ahead of Yamaha counterpart Andrea Locatelli and Chaz Davies, the Welshman showing strong form as he continues he slow trail back from a shoulder injury sustained back at Misano.

Michael Ruben Rinaldi was seventh fastest with Alvaro Bautista - heavily rumoured to be swapping Honda for a return to Ducati next season - eighth, while Tom Sykes led the BMW challenge in ninth and Alex Lowes was tenth.

Elsewhere, the first Suzuki to enter a WorldSBK event in three years was 20th of 22 in the hands of Naimichi Uramoto.

2021 WorldSBK Navarra, Spain | Free Practice [FP1 +FP2] RESULTS

2021 WorldSBK Navarra, Spain | Free Practice [FP1 +FP2] RESULTS | Round 7 / 13
PosRiderNat.WorldSBK TeamSuperbikeTiming
1Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 37.629
2Toprak RazgatliogluTURPata Yamaha by BRIXXYamaha YZF-R11m 37.752
3Scott ReddingGBRAruba Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 37.793
4Garrett GerloffUSAGRT Yamaha WorldSBKYamaha YZF-R11m 38.082
5Andrea LocatelliITAPata Yamaha by BRIXXYamaha YZF-R11m 38.097
6Chaz DaviesGBRTeam GoElevenDucati Panigale V4 R1m 38.229
7Michael Ruben RinaldiESPAruba Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 38.470
8Alvaro BautistaESPTeam HRC HondaHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 38.531
9Tom SykesGBRBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M1000RR1m 38.536
10Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 38.564
11Michael van der MarkNEDBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M1000RR1m 38.710
12Axel BassaniITAMotocorsa RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 38.823
13Jonas FolgerGERBonovo MGM ActionBMW M1000RR1m 38.993
14Tito RabatESPBarni Racing TeamDucati Panigale V4 R1m 39.048
15Leon HaslamGBRTeam HRC HondaHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 39.207
17Kohta NozaneJPNGRT Yamaha WorldSBKYamaha YZF-R11m 39.487
18Christophe PonssonFRAAlstare YamahaYamaha YZF-R11m 39.826
18Christophe PonssonFRAGil MotorsportYamaha YZF-R11m 40.492
19Leandro MercadoESPMIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 40.699
20Naimichi UramotoJPNJEG RacingSuzuki GSX-R1000R1m 41.017
21Loris CressonBELTPR Team Pedercini RacingKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 41.653
22Jayson UribeUSATPR Team Pedercini RacingKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 42.256