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Aragon WorldSBK FP1 | Jonathan Rea out of the box quickest, Honda show form

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Jonathan Rea, Kawasaki Racing Team, Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2023 WorldSBK, Magny-Cours, action [Gold & Goose]

Jonathan Rea kicked off Round 10 of the 2023 WorldSBK Championship at Motorland Aragon with the quickest time in opening Friday free practice, ahead of Honda’s Iker Lecuona.

The Ulsterman, who has just three more events ahead of him before bringing his long relationship with Kawasaki to a conclusion ahead of his move to Yamaha, was in promising form on the Kawasaki ZX-10RR around a venue where the lion’s share of WorldSBK testing takes place.

He commanded a sizable advantage over the opposition for much of the morning with his benchmark of 1m 50.309secs before Team HRC Honda’s Lecuona popped in a surprisingly rapid time towards the end of the session.


Coming across the line with team-mate Xavi Vierge - who also showed strongly in sixth - Lecuona, who has been busying himself with several MotoGP outings with Honda recently, was just 0.032secs adrift of the six-time WorldSBK Champion.

Fresh from signing a new Barni Ducati deal for 2024, Danilo Petrucci was the best of the Ducati contingent in third, while Garrett Gerloff picked up where he left off from Magny-Cours by making it four manufacturers inside the top four on the Bonovo Action BMW M 1000 RR.

One rider on the hunt for a new ride for 2024, Michael Ruben Rinaldi was fifth fastest, ahead of Vierge, while the two primary title candidates Toprak Razgatlioglu and Alvaro Bautista made a steady way to seventh and eighth respectively. 

Elsewhere, Andrea Locatelli and Phillip Oettl completed the top ten, while Florian Marino - making his first WorldSBK appearance in five years - was a solid 13th fastest on the Kawasaki ZX-10RR he has assumed from the absent Alex Lowes.

2023 Aragon WorldSBK | Motorland Aragon | Free Practice 1 Results| Round 10 of 12
PosRiderNatTeamMotorcycleLap Time
1Jonathan Rea🇬🇧Kawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 50.309
2Iker Lecuona🇪🇸Team HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 50.341
3Danilo Petrucci🇮🇹Barni Spark RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 50.651
4Garrett Gerloff🇺🇲Bonovo RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 50.692
5Michael Ruben Rinaldi🇮🇹Aruba DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 50.760
6Xavi Vierge🇪🇸Team HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 50.882
7Toprak Razgatlioglu🇹🇷Pata Crescent RacingYamaha R11m 51.045
8Alvaro Bautista🇪🇸Aruba DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 51.329
9Andrea Locatelli🇮🇹Pata Crescent RacingYamaha R11m 51.334
10Philipp Oettl🇩🇪Go ElevenDucati Panigale V4 R1m 51.395
11Dominique Aegerter🇨🇭GYTR GRTYamaha R11m 51.937
12Loris Baz🇫🇷Bonovo RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 51.999
13Florian Marino🇫🇷Kawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 52.057
14Bradley Ray🇬🇧MotoxracingYamaha R11m 52.190
15Lorenzo Baldassarri🇮🇹GMT 94Yamaha R11m 52.296
16Michael van der Mark🇳🇱BMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M 1000 RR1m 52.400
17Tito Rabat🇪🇸Puccetti RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 52.413
18Remy Gardner🇦🇺GYTR GRTYamaha R11m 52.605
19Scott Redding🇬🇧BMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M 1000 RR1m 52.676
20Isaac Vinales🇪🇸TPR by Vinales RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 52.806
21Axel Bassani🇮🇹Motocorsa RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 52.852
22Hafizh Syahrin🇲🇾MIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 53.743
23Eric Granado🇧🇷MIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 53.975
24Oliver Konig🇨🇿Orelac RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 54.382
25Gabriele Ruiu🇮🇹B-Max RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 59.931

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