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Magny-Cours WorldSBK FP1 Results | Jonathan Rea on top after announcing new future with Yamaha

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After a long summer break WorldSBK action is back at Magny-Cours for the ninth round of the season. In the opening practice session after the summer break Jonathan Rea took command as he finished on top.

The usual suspects found their way to the top in the opening session of the weekend at Magny-Cours. After a week of moving and shaking in the rider market it is back to business as usual for the riders who are back on track after their summer break.

The Yamaha bound Jonathan Rea found his way to the top of the opening session of the weekend on board his Kawasaki. The British rider just kept hold of the top spot after a few time attacks occurred later on in the session.


A shock second place in Free Practice 1 as Garrett Gerloff found his way into the top two on his BMW after a time attack at the end of the session.

The Pata Yamaha duo found themselves in third and fourth at the end of Free Practice One. Toprak Razgatlioglu just beat his Italian team-mate to third place in the session and had a strong start to his weekend. Andrea Locatelli finished fourth place and looked strong early on in the session.

Alex Lowes could not match his team-mates pace in the opening session of the weekend as he finished in fifth place and was 0.4 seconds behind Rea.

The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati riders finished the opening session in sixth and seventh place with both Alvaro Bautista and Michael Ruben Rinaldi being 0.5 seconds off of the pace.

Scott Redding was the second BMW rider in the top ten as he ended the session in eighth place, despite rumours around his destination in 2024 his weekend has started off strong.

Axel Bassani bought an early end to FP1 after he crashed in the final minutes of the session bringing out the Red Flag. But the young Italian got back to his feet and found himself ninth on the time sheet.

Danilo Petrucci had an issue at the start of the session but managed to get back out on the track towards the end and put in a lap time that placed him tenth overall.

>>> 2023 WorldSBK Championship standings <<<

2023 French WorldSBK | Magny-Cours | FP1 Results | Rd. 9 of 12]
PosRiderNatTeamMotorcycleLap Time
1Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 36.900
2Garrett GerloffUSABonovo RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 37.057
3Toprak RazgatliogluTURPata Crescent RacingYamaha R11m 37.060
4Andrea LocatelliITAPata Crescent RacingYamaha R11m 37.142
5Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 37.331
6Alvaro BautistaESPAruba DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 37.467
7Michael Ruben RinaldiITAAruba DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 37.477
8Scott ReddingGBRBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M 1000 RR1m 37.635
9Axel BassaniITAMotocorsa RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 37.662
10Danilo PetrucciITABarni Spark RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 37.744
11Michael van der MarkNEDBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M 1000 RR1m 37.878
12Xavi ViergeESPTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 38.068
13Philipp OettlGERGo ElevenDucati Panigale V4 R1m 38.114
14Dominique AegerterSUIGYTR GRTYamaha R11m 38.128
15Iker LecuonaESPTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 38.218
16Lorenzo BaldassarriITAGMT 94Yamaha R11m 38.283
17Loris BazFRABonovo RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 38.286
18Remy GardnerAUSGYTR GRTYamaha R11m 38.316
19Bradley RayGBRMotoxracingYamaha R11m 38.364
20Isaac VinalesESPTPR by Vinales RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 39.026
21Lucas MahiasFRAPuccetti RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 39.713
22Hannes SoomerESTMIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 40.029
23Oliver KonigCZEOrelac RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 40.471
Hafizh SyahrinMALMIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-RNo Time Set

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