Davies back to business at Laguna Seca

Chaz Davies erased any memories of his Misano crash by going quickest in Friday's opening practice session at Laguna Seca.

Three weeks ago, the Welshman went down in dramatic fashion before colliding with Jonathan Rea on the final lap of the opening WorldSBK race at Misano, sustaining a vertebrae fracture and a left thumb contusion.

He was passed fit to compete in California this week, however, and wasted little time in returning to his best.

Davies led the session virtually from start to finish, his fastest lap time of 1m 23.425secs a full six tenths up on his nearest rival Eugene Laverty.

Laverty set a late flyer to split the two Aruba.it Ducatis, with Marco Melandri following just a tenth behind in third.

Championship leader Jonathan Rea followed in fourth for Kawasaki, just ahead of Leon Camier and team-mate Tom Sykes.

Althea BMW's Jordi Torres and leading Yamaha rider Alex Lowes were seventh and eighth, with Stefan Bradl the leading Honda in ninth and Xavi Fores rounding out the top 10. 

Bradl new team-mate Jake Gagne – riding a second Honda for the first time since the passing of Nicky Hayden in May – was 16th quickest.

Friday's FP1 times

1. Chaz Davies GBR Aruba.it Racing Ducati 1m 23.425s 
2. Eugene Laverty IRE Milwaukee Aprilia 1m 24.098s 
3. Marco Melandri ITA Aruba.it Racing Ducati 1m 24.194s 
4. Jonathan Rea GBR Kawasaki Racing 1m 24.218s 
5. Leon Camier GBR MV Agusta 1m 24.283s 
6. Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki Racing 1m 24.347s 
7. Jordi Torres ESP Althea BMW 1m 24.538s 
8. Alex Lowes GBR PATA Crescent Yamaha 1m 24.635s 
9. Stefan Bradl GER Red Bull Honda 1m 24.928s 
10. Xavi Fores ESP Barni Ducati 1m 24.997s 
11. Raffaele De Rosa ITA Althea BMW 1m 25.012s 
12. Alex de Angelis SMR Pedercini Kawasaki 1m 25.202s 
13. Roman Ramos ESP Team Go Eleven Kawasaki 1m 25.279s 
14. Michael van der Mark NED PATA Yamaha 1m 25.280s 
15. Leandro Mercado ARG IodaRacing Aprilia 1m 25.577s 
16. Jake Gagne USA Red Bull Honda 1m 25.801s 
17. Lorenzo Savadori ITA Milwaukee Aprilia 1m 25.902s 
18. Ayrton Badovini ITA Grillini Kawasaki 1m 26.168s 
19. Randy Krummenacher SWI Puccetti Kawasaki 1m 26.377s 
20. Ondrej Jezek CZE Grillini Kawasaki 1m 26.836s 
21. Jakub Smrz ITA Guandalini Yamaha 1m 28.824s