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Jerez WorldSBK Friday Practice | Razgatlioglu takes hold in Spain, Bautista falls

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Toprak Razgatlioglu, Pata Yamaha, Yamaha R1, 2023 WorldSBK, Jerez, action [Gold & Goose]

Toprak Razgatlioglu began his final weekend as a Yamaha rider in fine fettle by topping the timesheets on a weather and incident-affected first day of free practice at Jerez.

After joining the vast majority of his peers by sitting on a damp and murky FP1 in favour of waiting for the forecast sun and warmth of FP2, Razgatlioglu hit the front with a best time of 1m 40.312secs.

It placed him a clear two tenths clear of fellow R1 rider Remy Gardner in a session largely dominated by a battle for supremacy between the Yamaha and Ducati contingent.


Fresh from a season’s best finish of fourth last time out in Portimao, Gardner looked strong again on the satellite GYTR GRT Yamaha, just ahead of champion-elect Alvaro Bautista, whose anticipated coronation weekend started solidly in third despite a tip-off at Turn 6. 

The Aruba.it Ducati needs just two points from any one of this weekend’s three races to be crowned champion for a second successive year.

Team-mate Michael Ruben Rinaldi followed up in fourth place, ahead of Dominique Aegerter on the second of the GYTR GRT Yamahas and Philipp Oettl, the German looking strong in his final weekend for Go Eleven Ducati before he is replaced by Andrea Iannone.

One of the stars from the latter portion of the season, Garrett Gerloff continued his form on the Bonovo Action BMW to break the Yamaha/Ducati deadlock in seventh ahead of Danilo Petrucci and Andrea Locatelli, while Scott Redding rounded out the top ten.

It was a modest start to the weekend for Kawasaki with Jonathan Rea - in his final appearance for Team Green - only 13th best, while Alex Lowes could only manage 16th himself after taking a fall at Turn 1.

Elsewhere, Floran Alt is making an appearance this weekend as a wildcard reward for winning the 2023 IDM Superbike series on the Holzhauer Honda, while Leandro Mercado is also back in action and even topped the sparsely participated FP1 session on the Petronas MIE Honda.

2023 Spain WorldSBK | Jerez | Free Practice Results [after FP2] | Round 12 of 12
PosRiderNatTeamMotorcycleLap Time
1Toprak Razgatlioglu🇹🇷Pata Crescent RacingYamaha R11m 40.312
2Remy Gardner🇦🇺GYTR GRTYamaha R11m 40.556
3Alvaro Bautista🇪🇸Aruba DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 40.632
4Michael Ruben Rinaldi🇮🇹Aruba DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 40.710
5Dominique Aegerter🇨🇭GYTR GRTYamaha R11m 40.823
6Philipp Oettl🇩🇪Go ElevenDucati Panigale V4 R1m 40.858
7Garrett Gerloff🇺🇲Bonovo RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 41.258
8Danilo Petrucci🇮🇹Barni Spark RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 41.278
9Andrea Locatelli🇮🇹Pata Crescent RacingYamaha R11m 41.294
10Scott Redding🇬🇧BMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M 1000 RR1m 41.507
11Iker Lecuona🇪🇸Team HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 41.631
12Michael van der Mark🇳🇱BMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M 1000 RR1m 41.868
13Jonathan Rea🇬🇧Kawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 41.724
14Axel Bassani🇮🇹Motocorsa RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 41.946
15Lorenzo Baldassarri🇮🇹GMT 94Yamaha R11m 42.148
16Alex Lowes🇬🇧Kawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 42.250
17Loris Baz🇫🇷Bonovo RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 42.514
18Xavi Vierge🇪🇸Team HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 42.515
19Hafizh Syahrin🇲🇾Petronas MIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 42.865
20Tito Rabat🇪🇸Puccetti RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 42.992
21Florian Alt🇩🇪Holzhauer RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 43.601
22Gabriele Ruiu🇮🇹B-Max RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 43.904
23Leandro Mercado🇦🇷Petronas MIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 44.151
24Oliver Konig🇨🇿Orelac RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 44.256

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