Rea tops Imola timesheets

Prior to his fastest lap of the day, the Ulsterman trailed Davide Giugliano – who had led proceedings for a large part of FP2 – until he surpassed the Italian's best time by about two tenths of a second.

Tom Sykes looked to be on course to post an even faster time than his Kawasaki team-mate until a small error at the final chicane lost him a tenth or two.

Nevertheless, he was able to move ahead of Giugliano to finish 17 hundreds of a second behind his team-mate.

Until the flying laps of the two Kawasaki riders, the two table toppers and the Aruba.it Racing Ducatis of Chaz Davies and Giugliano were separated by just three hundreds of a second.

Of the remainder of the grid, Leon Haslam was the only rider to keep touch with the leading quartet, while Alex Lowes moved up from 10th in FP1 to sixth in the day's second session.

Voltcom Crescent Suzuki rider was nearly two seconds off the pace in the morning session, but cut that margin to 1.3s later on in the day.

Next up was Ayrton Badovini and David Salom, 1.38s and 1.7s further behind respectively, while Pata Honda CBR1000RR , Sylvain Guintoli was in 10th place.

It was a disappointing return to Imola for Guintoli, who had won both races there last year.

His team-mate Michael van der Mark also struggled and ended the day in 13th.

Full free practice two times:

1. Jonathan Rea GBR Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R 1m 47.344s
2. Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R 1m 47.517s
3. Davide Giugliano ITA Aruba.it Racing Ducati 1199R 1m 47.582s
4. Chaz Davies GBR Aruba.it Racing Ducati 1199R 1m 47.686s
5. Leon Haslam GBR Red Devils Roma Aprilia RSV4 1m 48.054s
6. Alex Lowes GBR Voltcom Crescent Suzuki GSX-R1000 1m 48.660s
7. Ayrton Badovini ITA BMW Italia S1000RR 1m 48.729s
8. David Salom ESP Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 49.073s
9. Leandro Mercado ARG Barni Ducati 1199R 1m 49.201s
10. Sylvain Guintoli FRA PATA Honda CBR1000RR 1m 49.296s
11. Matteo Baiocco ITA Althea Ducati 1199R 1m 49.403s
12. Michel Fabrizio ITA Althea Ducati 1199R 1m 49.601s
13. Michael van der Mark NED PATA Honda CBR1000RR 1m 49.651s
14. Leon Camier GBR MV Agusta F4 RR 1m 49.850s
15. Jordi Torres ESP Red Devils Roma Aprilia RSV4 1m 49.966s
16. Roman Ramos ESP GO Eleven Kawasaki ZX-10R1m 50.126s
17. Niccolo Canepa ITA Grillini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 51.059s
18. Randy de Puniet FRA Voltcom Crescent Suzuki GSX-R1000 1m 52.132s
19. Imre Toth HUN Team Toth BMW S1000RR 1m 52.580s
20. Christophe Ponsson FRA Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 53.138s.
21. Gabor Rizmayer HUN Team Toth BMW S1000RR 1m 53.813s
22. Santiago Barragan ESP Grillini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 53.852s

Full free practice one times:

1. Chaz Davies GBR Aruba.it Racing Ducati 1199R 1m 48.056s
2. Davide Giugliano ITA Aruba.it Racing Ducati 1199R 1m 48.275s
3. Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R 1m 48.320s
4. Jonathan Rea GBR Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R 1m 48.479s
5. Leon Haslam GBR Red Devils Roma Aprilia RSV4 1m 48.779s
6. David Salom ESP Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 49.081s
7. Ayrton Badovini ITA BMW Italia S1000RR 1m 49.696s
8. Leon Camier GBR MV Agusta F4 RR 1m 49.850s
9. Sylvain Guintoli FRA PATA Honda CBR1000RR 1m 49.978s
10. Alex Lowes GBR Voltcom Crescent Suzuki GSX-R1000 1m 50.052s
11. Michel Fabrizio ITA Althea Ducati 1199R 1m 50.150s
12. Michael van der Mark NED PATA Honda CBR1000RR 1m 50.289s
13. Matteo Baiocco ITA Althea Ducati 1199R 1m 50.400s
14. Jordi Torres ESP Red Devils Roma Aprilia RSV4 1m 51.473s
15. Niccolo Canepa ITA Grillini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 52.388s
16. Leandro Mercado ARG Barni Ducati 1199R 1m 52.412s
17. Randy de Puniet FRA Voltcom Crescent Suzuki GSX-R1000 1m 53.044s
18. Roman Ramos ESP GO Eleven Kawasaki ZX-10R1m 53.340s
19. Santiago Barragan ESP Grillini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 53.940s
20. Imre Toth HUN Team Toth BMW S1000RR 1m 54.159s
21. Gabor Rizmayer HUN Team Toth BMW S1000RR 1m 56.025s

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