On the opening day of round 6 of the WorldSBK season, Yuki Takahashi was back in action at the Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto for the first time in six years, his last appearance at the Spanish track having been in Moto2 in 2013.

The Japanese rider, who is substituting for a recovering Leon Camier, finished fifteenth in the morning and seventeenth at the conclusion of the first two free practice sessions.

Ryuichi Kiyonari, who is facing the Spanish track for the very first time, positioned sixteenth in FP1 and nineteenth at the end of the day.

The two riders hope to improve on both their bike set-up and performance in tomorrow’s final practice ahead of the Tissot Superpole at 11am and Race 1 at 2pm.

Yuki Takahashi 72

17th 1'41.925

“I know the Jerez layout of course, having raced here many times in the past, but last time I rode here was six years ago and in Moto2, not Superbike, which makes quite a big difference. Despite having tested in Misano just a few days ago, we did not have a lot of time available on the bike due to the adverse weather conditions, and I feel I need to gain more experience on it in order to properly work on the setup and adjust it for Jerez. We made some changes to the bike’s balance after the morning session, but those did not work out as we expected and so we retraced our steps. We collected useful data though, so tomorrow we’ll try and take a good step forward”.

Ryuichi Kiyonari 23

19th 1'42.172

“This morning I rode the Jerez track for the first time, and I must say I immediately felt good.
Unfortunately, this afternoon was really disappointing as we were not able to make the improvement we were looking for, and even bettering our lap times by half a second compared to the morning was not enough to prevent us to drop back in the classification. Tomorrow we’ll do our best to improve of course”.

WorldSBK 2019
Free Practice Round 6   Spain

Free Practice Classification

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1'39.428
2 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 0.226
3 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 0.304
4 Lowes Alex 22 GBR Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 0.411
5 Sykes Tom 66 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 0.506
6 Melandri Marco 33 ITA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 0.602
7 Cortese Sandro 11 GER GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 0.629
8 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA BARNI Racing Team Ducati 0.862
9 Haslam Leon 91 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 0.911
10 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR Turkish Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 0.976
11 Davies Chaz 7 GBR ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 1.209
12 Torres Jordi 81 SPA Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 1.314
13 Baz Loris 19 FRA Ten Kate Racing - Yamaha Yamaha 1.427
14 Mercado Leandro 36 ARG Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki 1.490
15 Reiterberger Markus 28 GER BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 1.614
16 Delbianco Alessandro 52 ITA Althea Mie Racing Team Honda 2.300
17 Takahashi Yuki 72 JPN Moriwaki Althea Honda Team Honda 2.497
18 Bridewell Tommy 46 GBR Team Goeleven Ducati 2.588
19 Kiyonari Ryuichi 23 JPN Moriwaki Althea Honda Team Honda 2.744
Location Information

Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto Carretera Jerez-Arcos, km 10 – Apdo de Correos 35 11592 Jerez de la Frontera (Cádiz) – Spain circuitodejerez.com

LENGTH 4.423 Km