Reigning WorldSBK champion Jonathan Rea bounced back from a whopping crash on day of testing at Misano to set the third-quickest time of the day.
The factory Kawasaki man was spat off at the fast turn 11 this morning but was unhurt and was able to get back on track as soon as his team were able to give him something to ride.
Rea was surprised by the amount of grip available at the newly-surfaced Italian track so had to make some suitable adjustments.
“Today was very productive and valuable because we were not in a rush to test so much and I was able to do a lot of laps and check a lot of settings,” said Rea.
“After the long break I was not so happy with the normal base bike setting this morning. They have re-asphalted the circuit at Misano and the grip level is so high – abnormally high – which means we have had to take some grip away from our bike to make it a little bit smoother.
“I had a crash this morning which I was able to rebound from, pretty fast. For day one I feel satisfied but we’ve still got work to do to be comfortable.”
Rea ended four-tenths down on fastest man Scott Redding but ahead of team-mate and championship leader Alex Lowes.