Nicky Hayden Tops Misano World Superbike Friday Practice

Nicky Hayden Tops Misano World Superbike Friday Practice
Honda's Nicky Hayden

2016 Misano World Superbike Friday Practice Results

Nicky Hayden Tops Misano World Superbike Friday Practice
Honda’s Nicky Hayden

During his debut season of World Superbike so far aboard the Honda CBR1000RR SP, America’s Nicky Hayden had his ups and downs. The upsides were a win in Malaysia and a podium in the Netherlands, and the downsides were two DNFs – one in Thailand and the other in Motorland Aragon, Spain.

But at the start of Misano World Superbike – round eight of 14 – Hayden has been on the upside. The 2006 MotoGP Champion was the quickest rider when Friday’s double free practice sessions wrapped up at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli in Italy.

Hayden finished second in the opening free practice behind Racing Ducati’s Davide Giugliano, but wouldn’t settle for second best in the second session. Hayden was in the top five for most of the 45-minute practice, but after fitting a new set of Pirelli tires, the 34-year-old Kentuckian posted a best lap of 1:35.263 – the fastest of the day.

Ducati's Davide Giugliano at Misano SBK Friday
Ducati’s Davide Giugliano

Hayden, whose best time was around a second slower than the circuit record set in 2015 by Kawasaki Racing Team’s Tom Sykes, finished 0.122 of a second ahead of Althea BMW Racing Team’s Markus Reiterberger, and 0.125 ahead of Sykes, the Brit who secured pole at Misano for the past four years.

“It was nice to be fastest today! In the end, we put a new tire on and I was able to drop my time quite a bit. The track was definitely dirtier than in testing and there was not as much rubber down, so it took a little bit of time for the grip to improve,” Nicky Hayden says.

“I have to admit that I’m not particularly happy with my pace; this morning things went quite smoothly but this afternoon we had a few issues with the electronics: they were showing me the wrong lap-times and split-times. In the end we were able to recover and put together a good lap and that’s good, but we need to work on our rhythm a bit more tomorrow morning.”

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The Italian Giugliano was the quickest overall Ducati, his morning time of 1:35.460 locking up fourth ahead of Althea BMW S1000RR pilot Jordi Torres. The other Ducati 1199 Panigale R pilot, Chaz Davies, finished just ahead of Pata Yamaha’s Alex Lowes, who returns to the track for the first time since breaking his collarbone in Malayisa.

The reigning World SBK Champion – and current points leader – Jonathan Rea sealed eighth aboard his Kawasaki Racing Team Ninja ZX-10R. Rounding out the top 10 were Barni Racing Ducati’s Xavier Fores and IodaRacing Team Aprilia’s Lorenzo Savadori.

Superpole begins at 10:30 a.m. local time Saturday, just ahead of race one a 1 p.m. The second race is set for Sunday.

2016 Misano World Superbike Practice Results – Friday Overall

# Rider Num Nat. Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Nicky Hayden 69 USA Honda WorldSBK Honda 1’35.263
2 Markus Reiterberger 21 GER Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +0.122
3 Tom Sykes 66 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.125
4 Davide Giugliano 34 ITA Racing Ducati +0.197
5 Jordi Torres 81 SPA Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +0.214
6 Chaz Davies 7 GBR Racing Ducati +0.216
7 Alex Lowes 22 GBR Pata Yamaha Yamaha +0.230
8 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.269
9 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL Honda WorldSBK Honda +0.380
10 Xavi Fores 12 SPA BARNI Racing Team Ducati +0.508
11 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA IodaRacing Team Aprilia +0.805
12 Anthony West 13 AUS Team Pedercini Honda +1.000
13 Román Ramos 40 SPA Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +1.068
14 Niccolò Canepa 59 CAN Pata Yamaha Yamaha +1.149
15 Leon Camier 2 GBR MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +1.166
16 Alex De Angelis 15 RSM IodaRacing Team Aprilia +1.530
17 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Milwaukee BMW BMW +1.816
18 Joshua Brookes 25 AUS Milwaukee BMW BMW +1.914
19 Pawel Szkopek 119 POL Team Toth Yamaha +3.175
20 Dominic Schmitter 9 SWI Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +3.260
21 Fabio Menghi 61 ITA VFT Racing Ducati +3.338
22 Peter Sebestyen 56 HUN Team Toth Yamaha +3.697
23 Gianluca Vizziello 4 ITA Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +4.170
24 Saeed Al Sulaiti 11 QAT Team Pedercini Kawasaki +5.055


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