WorldSBK Qatar Practice Results: Davies bounces back to top FP

WorldSBK Qatar Free Practice Results - Chaz Davies leads the way under the floodlights in Qatar from Jonathan Rea and Alvaro Bautista

Chaz Davies - Ducati

Chaz Davies topped the timesheets as the final round of the 2019 WorldSBK Championship kicked off with free practice at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar.

The Welshman crashed in FP1 to limit his track time earlier on in the day, but under the cloak of darkness and Losail’s floodlights he was the rider to beat in FP2.

With both Davies and Ducati team-mate Alvaro Bautista – together with privateer Panigale V4 R riders Eugene Laverty and Michael Ruben Rinaldi - posting superior top speeds down the long home straight, Davies proved tough to beat against the clock.

Almost three tenths quicker than opposition, he out-dragged Jonathan Rea on the Kawasaki, while Bautista slingshot a 322km/h top speed – 7km/h faster than even Davies on the same bike – to go third best.

Toprak Razgatlioglu prepared for his final race as a Kawasaki rider in fourth position, ahead of future Yamaha team-mate Michael van der Mark and BMW’s Tom Sykes.

Alex Lowes paid the price for a crash in the morning but recovered for seventh, heading off the impressive Markus Reiterberger, who was eighth best despite being 15km/h down on Bautista.

Sandro Cortese and Loris Baz completed the combined top ten, the latter the only rider not to improve his time in FP2.

WorldSBK Qatar Free Practice Results [Combined]

Qatar WorldSBK, Losail - Race Results (2) [Combined]
1Chaz Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 57.449
2Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 57.722
3Alvaro Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 57.767
4Toprak RazgatliogluTURKawasaki Puccetti RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 58.028
5Michael van der MarkNEDPata YamahaYamaha YZF R11m 58.157
6Tom SykesGBRBMW WorldSBK TeamBMW S1000RR1m 58.255
7Alex LowesGBRPata YamahaYamaha YZF R11m 58.303
8Markus ReiterbergerGERBMW WorldSBK TeamBMW S1000RR1m 58.459
9Sandro CorteseGERGRT YamahaYamaha YZF R11m 58.503
10Loris BazFRATen Kate SBK YamahaYamaha YZF R11m 58.566
11Eugene LavertyIRLTeam Goeleven DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 58.692
12Leon HaslamGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 58.769
13Michael Ruben RinaldiITABarni Racing Team DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 58.925
14Marco MelandriITAGRT YamahaYamaha YZF R11m 58.982
15Leandro MercadoARGOrelac Racing VerdNatura KawasakiKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 59.032
16Jordi TorresESPTeam Pedercini Racing KawasakiKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 59.087
17Leon CamierGBRMoriwaki Althea HondaHonda CBR1000RR1m 59.119
18Alessandro DelbiancoITAAlthea Mie Racing Team HondaHonda CBR1000RR2m 00.165
19Ryuichi KiyonariJPNMoriwaki Althea HondaHonda CBR1000RR2m 00.459
20Dominic SchmitterAUTiXS Racing powered by YARTYamaha YZF R12m 02.075