Battling Rea in unfamiliar territory
Reigning champion Jonathan Rea finished outside the top 10 in free practice for the first time this season yesterday during round 10 of the World Superbike Championship at the Lausitzring in Germany.
The 11th-placed result leaves the Ulsterman and his Kawasaki Racing Team to potentially take in both Superpole sessions (one and two), should he wish to qualify on the front four rows of the grid for today's opening race at 12 noon.
Lorenzo Savadori, a World Superbike rookie and team-mate to Eugene Laverty next season at Milwaukee Aprilia, set the provisional pole time aboard the Ioda Racing Team Aprilia.
German youngster Marcus Reiterberger, who has just returned from injury, impressively set the second fastest time in FP2 aboard his Althea BMW, with Rea's KRT team-mate Tom Sykes in third. Chaz Davies (Ducati), Nicky Hayden (Honda) and Yamaha's Sylvain Guintoli rounded out the top six.
Popular Australian Josh Brookes, who spends time in Northern Ireland during the off season, crashed out of FP2 and will join Rea in the Superpole 1 session on his Milwaukee BMW. He set the 18th fastest time during yesterday's session.
Superpole gets under way this morning at 9.30am, with race one at 12pm.