Rea pips Melandri in FP2 at Aragon

Jonathan Rea produced a blistering final lap to pip Marco Melandri and retain his spot on the top of the timesheets in Friday's second practice session at at MotorLand Aragon.

The reigning WSBK world champion put in a 1’50.062 lap at the very end of the session to equal his showing from FP1 earlier in the day.

That left Melandri (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) in second and Rea's Kawasaki Racing team-mate Tom Sykes in third.

It was business as usual for Rea, who has started the season perfectly with four wins from four races  and two superpoles to his name already.

Not even a late shower in the session could prevent Rea from reclaiming top spot. With drops of rain being reported in all sectors, he was still able to head out and get the job done with his last lap of the session, pipping Melandri's leading time by one-tenth.

Sykes also improved late in the day to grab third, while Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) was able to recover from a terrible FP1 in which he recorded just two timed laps, putting in 21 laps in total to finish fourth, 0.321s off leader Rea.

Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) completed the top five, with Spaniards Xavi Fores (BARNI Racing Team) and Jordi Torres (Althea BMW Racing Team) following in sixth and seventh respectively.

Lowes' team-mate Michael van der Mark placed eighth, followed by Eugene Laverty (Milwaukee Aprilia) and Leandro Mercado (IODARacing) to round out the top ten.

It was another trying day for Leon Camier on the MV Augusta as he had to settle for P18 after not being able to get in much track time.

Times

1. Jonathan Rea Kawasaki Racing 1m 50.062s 
2. Marco Melandri Aruba.it Racing Ducati 1m 50.161s 
3. Tom Sykes Kawasaki Racing 1m 50.305s 
4. Chaz Davies Aruba.it Racing Ducati 1m 50.383s 
5. Alex Lowes PATA Crescent Yamaha 1m 50.641s 
6. Xavi Fores Barni Ducati 1m 50.728s 
7. Jordi Torres Althea BMW 1m 50.798s 
8. Michael van der Mark PATA Yamaha 1m 50.956s 
9. Eugene Laverty Milwaukee Aprilia 1m 51.054s 
10. Leandro Mercado IodaRacing Aprilia 1m 51.174s 
11. Stefan Bradl Red Bull Honda 1m 51.177s 
12. Nicky Hayden Red Bull Honda 1m 51.507s 
13. Markus Reiterberger Althea BMW 1m 51.753s
14. Roman Ramos Team Go Eleven Kawasaki 1m 51.766s 
15. Alex de Angelis Pedercini Kawasaki 1m 52.080s 
16. Riccardo Russo Guandalini Yamaha 1m 52.096s
17. Randy Krummenacher Puccetti Kawasaki 1m 52.126s 
18. Leon Camier MV Agusta 1m 52.283s 
19. Julian Simon Milwaukee Aprilia 1m 53.326s 
20. Ayrton Badovini Grillini Kawasaki 1m 53.347s
21. Ondrej Jezek Grillini Kawasaki 1m 53.729s

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