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Donington Park WorldSBK FP1 Results | Jonathan Rea leads the way in the opening session of the weekend

Kawasaki have not stood on the top step of the podium since Race One in Australia last year. However, they have started strong this weekend at Donington Park.

The usual suspects in the WorldSBK paddock have found themselves inside the top ten. However, the Friday morning Practice session at Donington Park has thrown a few names into the mix who normally would be counted out before the weekend even began.

Jonathan Rea ended the first practice session with a lead of 0.052 seconds ahead of old title rival, Toprak Razgatlioglu. The British and Turkish rider have been on the back foot all season when trying to fight Ducati and Alvaro Bautista, but a good start at Donington Park will have their hopes high for the weekend ahead.


The top Ducati in the Friday morning session was surprisingly not Bautista. Instead Philipp Oettl found his way to third place in the session. The GoEleven Ducati rider has been seemingly invisible all year long and has had no notable results this season as of yet.

Alex Lowes found himself in fourth place with his spirits high after re-signing with Kawasaki for next season. The British rider will want to impress his home fans after putting pen to paper on his new deal.

The second surprise result, but a welcome one, was Bradley Ray in fifth place after the opening session of the weekend. The WorldSBK rookie has track knowledge at Donington Park and has his sights set on a top ten finish this weekend.

With three British riders in a row Tom Sykes found himself as the top BMW rider on Friday morning as he rounded out FP1 sixth overall. After a retched start to 2023 the former WorldSBK Champion is hoping to step up on the podium at some point this weekend.

The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati duo were surprisingly low after the opening session of the weekend. Bautista was down in seventh place and Michael Ruben Rinaldi was just behind his team-mate in eighth place.

Andrea Locatelli finished FP1 in ninth place and will want to bounce back after a poor home round last time out at Misano.

Rounding out the top ten was the top Honda rider. Iker Lecuona is back to WorldSBK action after a weekend of MotoGP action last week at Assen with the Repsol Honda squad.

>>> 2023 WorldSBK Championship standings <<<

2023 British WorldSBK | Donington Park | FP1Results | Rd. 6 of 12]
1Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 27.627
2Toprak RazgatliogluTURPata Crescent RacingYamaha R11m 27.679
3Philipp OettlGERGo ElevenDucati Panigale V4 R1m 27.757
4Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 27.857
5Bradley RayGBRMotoxracingYamaha R11m 28.057
6Tom SykesGBRBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M 1000 RR1m 28.108
7Alvaro BautistaESPAruba DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 28.143
8Michael Ruben RinaldiITAAruba DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 28.552
9Andrea LocatelliITAPata Crescent RacingYamaha R11m 28.571
10Iker LecuonaESPTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 28.633
11Garrett GerloffUSABonovo RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 28.637
12Scott ReddingGBRBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M 1000 RR1m 28.740
13Danilo PetrucciITABarni Spark RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 28.776
14Axel BassaniITAMotocorsa RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 28.796
15Loris BazFRABonovo RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 28.927
16Remy GardnerAUSGYTR GRTYamaha R11m 29.149
17Xavi ViergeESPTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 29.671
18Dominique AegerterCHEGYTR GRTYamaha R11m 30.041
19Isaac VinalesESPTPR by Vinales RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 30.124
20Lorenzo BaldassarriITAGMT 94Yamaha R11m 30.289
21Tito RabatESPPuccetti RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 30.686
22Hafizh SyahrinMALMIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 30.848
23Eric GranadoBRAMIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 31.166
24Oliver KonigCZEOrelac RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 31.176

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