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Imola WorldSBK FP1 Results | Razgatlioglu draws first blood in first Imola session since 2019

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Toprak Razgatlioglu, Pata Yamaha, Yamaha R1, 2023 WorldSBK, Donington Park, action [credit - Gold & Goose]

Toprak Razgatlioglu opened up proceedings on top in first free practice for Round 7 of the 2023 WorldSBK Championship at Imola, Italy.

This weekend sees a return to the Emilia-Romagna venue, with FP1 marking the circuit’s first WorldSBK session since 2019.

It means a sizeable proportion of the riders taking part this weekend have either never competed at Imola before, or at least experienced it on Superbike machinery.


For Razgatlioglu, he does have experience of Imola, though this will be his first time competing on the Pata Yamaha R1 having previously raced the Puccetti Kawasaki back in 2019 during the formative of his Superbike career.

Nevertheless, he was the rider to beat throughout the 45mins session, coming away with the fastest time of 1m 47.661secs. That was just enough to put him a mere 0.003secs ahead of Jonathan Rea, the Ulsterman hoping to benefit from the extra 250rpm he can utilise on the Kawasaki ZX-10RR following a balance of performance adjustment.

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By contrast, runaway championship leader Alvaro Bautista spent the session adjusting to having 250rpm fewer revs to play with as the governing body look to clip some of Ducati’s performance advantage in WorldSBK right now.

The Spaniard turned in the third best time, with Aruba.it team-mate Michael Ruben Rinaldi coming in right behind him in fourth. Fellow Panigale V4 R riders Axel Bassani on the Motocorsa machine and Danilo Petrucci on the Barni Spark bike slotted into fifth and sixth to suggest the tweaks won’t be too detrimental at Imola.

Andrea Locatelli and Alex Lowes followed up in seventh and eighth, with Garrett Gerloff leading the BMW challenge in ninth on the Bonovo machine. He was just ahead of the firm’s two factory ROKiT M 1000 RRs, Scott Redding leading new team-mate Leon Haslam, the experienced BSB favourite settling in well to his new surroundings with the 11th fastest time.

Bradley Ray enjoyed a strong start to the day with his run to 12th fastest on the Motoxracing Yamaha, which was faster than two other Yamaha riders trying Imola for the first time, Remy Gardner and Dominique Aegerter.

WorldSBK Imola | Free Practice 1 Results

2023 Italian WorldSBK | Imola | Free Practice 1 Results | Round 7 of 12
1Toprak RazgatliogluTURPata Crescent RacingYamaha R11m 47.661
2Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 47.664
3Alvaro BautistaESPAruba DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 47.691
4Michael Ruben RinaldiITAAruba DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 47.845
5Axel BassaniITAMotocorsa RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 47.942
6Danilo PetrucciITABarni Spark RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 48.087
7Andrea LocatelliITAPata Crescent RacingYamaha R11m 48.209
8Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 48.334
9Garrett GerloffUSABonovo RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 48.694
10Scott ReddingGBRBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M 1000 RR1m 48.732
11Loris BazFRABonovo RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 48.917
12Bradley RayGBRMotoxracingYamaha R11m 49.144
13Leon HaslamGBRBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M 1000 RR1m 49.186
14Xavi ViergeESPTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 49.266
15Iker LecuonaESPTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 49.286
16Remy GardnerAUSGYTR GRTYamaha R11m 49.488
17Dominique AegerterCHEGYTR GRTYamaha R11m 49.584
18Gabriele RuiuITAB-Max RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 49.591
19Philipp OettlGERGo ElevenDucati Panigale V4 R1m 49.672
20Lorenzo BaldassarriITAGMT 94Yamaha R11m 50.153
21Isaac VinalesESPTPR by Vinales RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 51.116
22Roberto TamburiniITAMIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 51.120
23Oliver KonigCZEOrelac RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 51.498
24Eric GranadoBRAMIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 51.505
25Tito RabatESPPuccetti RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 53.004

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