Redding tops rain-affected Aragon WSBK test

Ducati newcomer Scott Redding set the pace during this week’s two-day World Superbike post-season test at Aragon.

British Superbike champion Redding, who is replacing Honda-bound Alvaro Bautista at the factory Ducati outfit for the 2020 season, was the only rider to break into the 1m49s at the Spanish venue, ending up with a best lap of 1m49.929s on Thursday.

That was enough to beat teammate Chaz Davies by 0.256s, as both Ducati riders took advantage of reigning champion Jonathan Rea’s absence from the second day of the test.

Rea had topped Wednesday’s running with a best time of 1m50.416s, more than four tenths faster than Redding, but poor weather on Thursday morning prompted the Kawasaki rider to sit out the day, although he still ended up third-fastest overall.

Meanwhile, Alex Lowes had his first taste of the Kawasaki in Aragon after making the switch from Yamaha, and was third-quickest on Thursday. His best effort of 1m50.653s was two tenths shy of what Rea managed the previous day, leaving him fourth overall.

Alex Lowes, Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK

Photo by: WSBK

Next up were works Yamaha pair Toprak Razgatiloglu – Lowes’ replacement – and Michael van der Mark, who was third on Wednesday but slipped to sixth overall on Thursday.

GRT Yamaha’s pair of rookies Garrett Gerloff and Federico Caricasulo were next up, while Barni Ducati’s Leon Camier propped up the order after completing only four laps on Thursday.

Honda and BMW’s works teams, as well as the Puccetti, Pedercini and Go Eleven privateer squads, all opted to skip the Aragon test.

Jerez will host the final test of the 2019 season on November 28-29.

Test results:

Pos.No.RiderBikeDay 1Day 2
145 Scott ReddingDucati1’50.8681’49.929
27 Chaz DaviesDucati1’51.1761’50.185
31 Jonathan ReaKawasaki1’50.416no time
422 Alex LowesKawasaki1’51.5671’50.653
554 Toprak RazgatilogluYamaha1’51.3131’50.657
660 Michael van der MarkYamaha1’50.9411’51.088
731 Garrett GerloffYamaha1’51.8671’51.133
864 Federico CaricasuloYamaha1’53.5141’52.477
92 Leon CamierDucati1’52.9022’03.047

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