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Jonathan Rea pips Alvaro Bautista to set WorldSBK test pace at Aragon

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

Jonathan Rea earned a boost heading into the final portion of the 2023 WorldSBK Championship season after setting the pace during the in-season test MotorLand Aragon.

After loaning his KRT Kawasaki ZX-10RR to WorldSSP rider Adrian Huertas for a day, the Ulsterman returned to the Kawasaki ZX-10RR to pump in a 1m 49.101secs lap, putting him quickest of those attending by less than a tenth.

Championship leader Bautista sat on the other side of that small margin, the Aruba.it Ducati rider winding himself up for a final push towards securing his second consecutive title with the factory squad.


- 2023 WorldSBK Championship Standings -

After setting a new lap record on Tuesday, Danilo Petrucci concluded a productive test in third place on the Barni Spark Ducati Panigale V4 R after posting an identical time to Bautista.

In fourth and sixth, HRC Honda duo Iker Lecuona and Xavi Vierge sandwiched the works Kawasaki of Alex Lowes, with Michael Ruben Rinaldi - who looks set to be searching for a new ride next season - chasing in seventh.

BMW brought up the rear with Michael van der Mark leading Bonovo counterpart Garrett Gerloff in eighth and ninth, while Scott Redding and Loris Baz followed up behind with similar lap times.

Finally, HRC test rider and Suzuka 8 Hours winner Tetsuta Nagashima showed competitively in 12th, just a tenth adrift of Baz ahead.

2023 WorldSBK Championship | August In-Season Testing Results | MotorLand Aragon, Spain
Pos.RiderNat.TeamMotorcycleLap Time
1Jonathan Rea🇬🇧Kawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 49.101
2Alvaro Bautista🇪🇦Aruba it RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 49.168
3Danilo Petrucci🇮🇹Barni Spark Racing TeamDucati Panigale V4 R1m 49.168
4Iker Lecuona🇪🇦Team HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 49.466
5Alex Lowes🇬🇧Kawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 49.791
6Xavi Vierge🇪🇦Team HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 49.984
7Michael Ruben Rinaldi🇮🇹Aruba it RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 50.094
8Michael van der Mark🇳🇱ROKiT BMW MotorradBMW M 1000 RR1m 50.362
9Garrett Gerloff🇺🇲Bonovo ActionBMW M 1000 RR1m 50.557
10Scott Redding🇬🇧ROKiT BMW MotorradBMW M 1000 RR1m 50.655
11Loris Baz🇫🇷Bonovo ActionBMW M 1000 RR1m 50.935
12Tetsuta Nagashima🇯🇵Team HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 51.026

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