The first day’s action at the Pirelli Riviera Di Rimini Round concluded with the world champion Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) in familiar territory at the top of the combined practice timesheets.

The Northern Irishman set down a 1’34.901 marker in the afternoon FP2 session, putting him just 0.03s ahead of the day’s second fastest rider Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team), with Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati) third best.

Rea recovered from some technical problems earlier in the day to lap faster than his rivals and put himself in a good position at the seventh round of the 2017 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship.

Sykes had been the quickest rider in FP1, followed by Rea and Melandri in the morning top three, but the Yorkshireman ended the day with an uncharacteristic crash at the end of FP2.

Melandri finished his day a quarter of a second behind pace-setter Rea and just under a tenth of a second ahead of Friday’s fourth best rider – his teammate Chaz Davies.

Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) made it four Britons in the top five, with Spaniards Jordi Torres (Althea BMW Racing Team) and Xavi Fores (BARNI Racing Team) in sixth and seventh respectively.

The top 10 also featured Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team), Eugene Laverty (Milwaukee Aprilia) and Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team), with Lowes suffering two crashes in FP1.

Lorenzo Savadori (Milwaukee Aprilia) in 11th and Randy Krummenacher (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) in 12th were two of the riders to miss out on automatic Tissot Superpole 2 classification, so they will participate in SP1 on Saturday.

The WorldSBK riders will return to the track for FP3 on Saturday morning at 8.45am local time, with SP1 at 10.30am, SP2 at 10.55am and Race 1 at 1pm.

FP1 TIMES

1. 66 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'34.931
2. 1 J. REA GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'34.983
3. 33 M. MELANDRI ITA Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Ducati Panigale R 1'35.151
4. 7 C. DAVIES GBR Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Ducati Panigale R 1'35.250
5. 2 L. CAMIER GBR MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta 1000 F4 1'35.584
6. 12 X. FORÉS ESP BARNI Racing Team Ducati Panigale R 1'35.624
7. 81 J. TORRES ESP Althea BMW Racing Team BMW S 1000 RR 1'35.842
8. 60 M. VAN DER MARK NED Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team Yamaha YZF R1 1'35.867
9. 50 E. LAVERTY IRL Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'35.969
10. 35 R. DE ROSA ITA Althea BMW Racing Team BMW S 1000 RR 1'36.378
11. 22 A. LOWES GBR Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team Yamaha YZF R1 1'36.379
12. 88 R. KRUMMENACHER SUI Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'36.540
13. 6 S. BRADL GER Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda CBR1000RR 1'36.548
14. 40 R. RAMOS ESP Team Kawasaki Go Eleven Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'36.576
15. 32 L. SAVADORI ITA Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'36.675
16. 84 R. RUSSO ITA Guandalini Racing Yamaha YZF R1 1'37.056
17. 36 L. MERCADO ARG IODARacing Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'37.222
18. 15 A. DE ANGELIS RSM Pedercini Racing SC-Project Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'37.713
19. 37 O. JEZEK CZE Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'37.896
20. 61 F. MENGHI ITA VFT Racing Ducati Panigale R 1'37.978
21. 86 A. BADOVINI ITA Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'38.023

FP2 TIMES

1. 1 J. REA GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'34.901
2. 33 M. MELANDRI ITA Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Ducati Panigale R 1'35.178
3. 66 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'35.267
4. 2 L. CAMIER GBR MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta 1000 F4 1'35.267
5. 7 C. DAVIES GBR Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Ducati Panigale R 1'35.348
6. 81 J. TORRES ESP Althea BMW Racing Team BMW S 1000 RR 1'35.587
7. 60 M. VAN DER MARK NED Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team Yamaha YZF R1 1'35.718
8. 50 E. LAVERTY IRL Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'35.867
9. 22 A. LOWES GBR Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team Yamaha YZF R1 1'35.883
10.32 L. SAVADORI ITA Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'35.923
11. 88 R. KRUMMENACHER SUI Kawasaki Puccetti Racing Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'36.153
12. 36 L. MERCADO ARG IODARacing Aprilia RSV4 RF 1'36.286
13. 35 R. DE ROSA ITA Althea BMW Racing Team BMW S 1000 RR 1'36.404
14. 15 A. DE ANGELIS RSM Pedercini Racing SC-Project Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'36.447
15. 12 X. FORÉS ESP BARNI Racing Team Ducati Panigale R 1'36.460
16. 40 R. RAMOS ESP Team Kawasaki Go Eleven Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'36.530
17. 84 R. RUSSO ITA Guandalini Racing Yamaha YZF R1 1'37.397
18. 6 S. BRADL GER Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda CBR1000RR 1'37.730
19. 37 O. JEZEK CZE Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'37.976
20. 86 A. BADOVINI ITA Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'38.308
21. 61 F. MENGHI ITA VFT Racing Ducati Panigale R 1'38.372

Source: www.worldsbk.com