After Jonathan Rea topped the morning session Ducati bounced back in the afternoon as Michael Ruben Rinaldi secured top spot in Free Practice Two (FP2).
The WorldSBK riders had not been out on track for six weeks due to their summer break. However, the action is well and truly back underway with the opening day of the French round of the season being completed.
Ducati snatched back top spot from Kawasaki in the afternoon session. But it was not the Ducati that many people would have expected, as Michael Ruben Rinaldi stormed to top spot. This result comes after the Italian rider had been told he would not be racing for Aruba.it Racing - Ducati next season.
Garrett Gerloff continued his good form as he finished second place once again. The American rider seems to have his future secured with BMW but looks like the American could be on for a good weekend.
Toprak Razgatlioglu finished third place just like this morning, but this time he was closer to the top spot. The Turkish rider has a 74 point deficit to Alvaro Bautista, a gap he will want to close in this weekend.
However, Alvaro Bautista bounced back this afternoon as he moved up the order from sixth to fourth place on the time sheets. Despite the Spanish rider reportedly feeling under the weather this weekend he is still setting fast lap times.
Another BMW rider managed to enter the top five of this afternoons FP2 session as Scott Redding finished fifth. The British rider is yet to announced where he will be riding next season, but it seems his current BMW is working well around Magny-Cours.
The Kawasaki Racing Team boys finished sixth and seventh in FP2 with Alex Lowes overcoming his departing team-mate to finish sixth. Which of course means that Rea dropped from first place this morning to seventh place in the hotter temperatures this afternoon.
Two Yamaha riders managed to finish eighth and ninth place this afternoon. Factory Yamaha rider, Andrea Locatelli, finished in eighth place. Whereas GYTR GRT Yamaha rider, Remy Gardner, finished ninth place.
Danilo Petrucci, who looks like he will stay with Barni Ducati, managed to finish his opening day at Magny-Cours in tenth place.
|2023 French WorldSBK | Magny-Cours | FP2 Results | Rd. 9 of 12]|
|1||Michael Ruben Rinaldi||ITA||Aruba Ducati||Ducati Panigale V4 R||1m 36.973|
|2||Garrett Gerloff||USA||Bonovo Racing||BMW M 1000 RR||1m 36.981|
|3||Toprak Razgatlioglu||TUR||Pata Crescent Racing||Yamaha R1||1m 37.114|
|4||Alvaro Bautista||ESP||Aruba Ducati||Ducati Panigale V4 R||1m 37.174|
|5||Scott Redding||GBR||BMW Motorrad WorldSBK||BMW M 1000 RR||1m 37.342|
|6||Alex Lowes||GBR||Kawasaki Racing Team||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1m 37.356|
|7||Jonathan Rea||GBR||Kawasaki Racing Team||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1m 37.511|
|8||Andrea Locatelli||ITA||Pata Crescent Racing||Yamaha R1||1m 37.543|
|9||Remy Gardner||AUS||GYTR GRT||Yamaha R1||1m 37.562|
|10||Danilo Petrucci||ITA||Barni Spark Racing||Ducati Panigale V4 R||1m 37.638|
|11||Loris Baz||FRA||Bonovo Racing||BMW M 1000 RR||1m 37.837|
|12||Axel Bassani||ITA||Motocorsa Racing||Ducati Panigale V4 R||1m 37.980|
|13||Philipp Oettl||GER||Go Eleven||Ducati Panigale V4 R||1m 38.297|
|14||Michael van der Mark||NED||BMW Motorrad WorldSBK||BMW M 1000 RR||1m 38.366|
|15||Iker Lecuona||ESP||Team HRC||Honda CBR1000RR-R||1m 38.394|
|16||Dominique Aegerter||SUI||GYTR GRT||Yamaha R1||1m 38.472|
|17||Lorenzo Baldassarri||ITA||GMT 94||Yamaha R1||1m 39.056|
|18||Lucas Mahias||FRA||Puccetti Racing||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1m 39.108|
|19||Bradley Ray||GBR||Motoxracing||Yamaha R1||1m 39.368|
|20||Xavi Vierge||ESP||Team HRC||Honda CBR1000RR-R||1m 39.625|
|21||Hannes Soomer||EST||MIE Racing||Honda CBR1000RR-R||1m 39.671|
|22||Oliver Konig||CZE||Orelac Racing||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1m 39.790|
|23||Hafizh Syahrin||MAL||MIE Racing||Honda CBR1000RR-R||1m 40.105|
|24||Isaac Vinales||ESP||TPR by Vinales Racing||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1m 40.295|