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Jonathan Rea sets the pace in Qatar

New superbikes world champion Jonathan Rea topped the timesheets following the opening two practice sessions ahead of the season-closing race weekend in Qatar.

Under the floodlights at the Losail International Circuit, it was the Kawasaki of Rea that was again the bike to beat as the Briton clocked a time of one minute 58.252 seconds.

That saw him outpace the Aprilia of Jordi Torres and his own team-mate Tom Skyes, who were second and third on the road, respectively.

Chaz Davies went fourth fastest on his Ducati, just beating the Pata Honda of Michael van der Mark.

The second Aprilia of Leon Haslam was sixth with Davies' team-mate Xavier Fores close behind, with the top 10 rounded out by the Voltcom Crescent Suzukis of Randy de Puniet and Alex Lowes and Niccolo Canepa for Althea Racing.

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