Chaz Davies held sway on the prime of the World Superbike Championship timesheets following second apply at Laguna Seca, with Jonathan Rea making features over his rivals throughout a scorching afternoon session.
The Welshman’s 1m 23.425secs effort from FP1, his first session since getting back from accidents sustained at Misano, would show adequate to carry off all-comers in FP2, although the Ducati rider was helped by two pink flag intervals interrupting proceedings at essential moments.
Championship chief Rea did get shut with a 1min 23.436secs lap on the Kawasaki throughout a one-lap dash to the flag on the finish of FP2, the session having been restarted with 3mins remaining on the clock after a fall for newcomer Jake Gagne.
That exact incident was sufficient to unsettle Marco Melandri, who was on track for the highest time when the stoppage halted his progress.
Eugene Laverty was one other to take a fall however had his FP1 to thank for him staying up in rivalry in fourth, forward of Tom Sykes, Xavi Fores – who made massive features over his morning effort – and Leon Camier. Alex Lowes and Jordi Torres fell in the course of the session however made it into Q2 in eighth and ninth, together with Pedercini’s Alex de Angelis.
That signalled disappointment for Michael van der Mark, who may solely handle the 13th finest lap and Stefan Bradl, who crashed early on within the session, each riders slipping down the order in 13th and 14th to make sure they might want to progress by way of Q1 in the event that they need to make it into Q2 Superpole.