While Johnny Rea is in London meeting the Queen, Tom Sykes takes advantage of the fact. Kawasaki once again leads the way on day two of testing at Jerez. While yesterday it was all about the Cannibal, today it was his team-mate's turn to take up the baton, setting the best time of the session.
Having completed 74 laps, #66 secures first place with a time of 1’39”692, a little over 0.040 of a second slower than the three-time champion's performance yesterday. Tom was the only rider to duck under 1’40” today, closing more than seven tenths ahead of the second-placed rider, or rather Loris Baz (+0.776). The French rider, on team Althea's BMW, can be pleased that he has improve by one second on Monday's time. He continues to work to build confidence with his new bike, completing a total of 94 laps, more than anyone else.
And then there's Jordi Torres (+0.903), who completed 82 laps on board the MV Agusta. After Baz, the Spaniard spent longest out on track, finishing in fourth place and improving by nine tenths on his best time set yesterday.
Between the pair is an Aprilia, that of Eugene Laverty (+0.858), able to close in third place, while Lorenzo Savadori is sixth (+1.149). As for the other riders on track at Jerez, Leandro Mercado closes eighth, on his second day riding the Kawasaki of team Orelac. Let's not forget Leon Haslam, again in the leading group, even finishing ahead of Savadori's RSV4.
The action continues tomorrow with the arrival of more competition, in the shape of the Ducatis of Melandri and Davies, as well as the Yamahas of Lowes and van der Mark. Leon Camier will also make his debut on the Honda.