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Misano WorldSBK FP2 Results | Bautista stretches legs, Petrucci 2nd in Ducati 1-2-3


Alvaro Bautista showed no signs of easing up on his momentum up at the front of the WorldSBK field as he galloped to the top of the timesheets in the second of Friday's free practice sessions at Misano.

A first appearance on home soil for Aruba.it Ducati since securing the 2022 WorldSBK title, Bautista wound things up in the second 45min session of the day to showcase a performance advantage that will leave frustrated rivals scratching their heads overnight.

Reeling off a series of rapid laps over the course of the session, Bautista pumped in a remarkable 12 laps that would have been good enough to top the timesheets come the chequered flag.


In the end, the runaway championship leader - a winner in 11 of this year's 12 races thus far - peaked with a 1m 33.825secs. It made him the only rider to dip below 1m 34s and gave him a sizeable 0.4s margin over closest rival, Danilo Petrucci.

Climbing the classification with his final lap of the day, it allowed the satellite Barni Spark Ducati to split the factory Panigale V4 Rs, the ex-MotoGP rider no doubt relishing a return to competing on local soil after a year spent racing in the United States.

Michael Ruben Rinaldi consolidated Ducati's ominous pace in third place, himself a clear 0.2secs up on Alex Lowes, the Briton leading the chasing pack on the best of the factory Kawasaki ZX-10RRs.

FP1 pace setter Toprak Razgatlioglu focused on race pace to slip to fifth place, the Turkish rider nonetheless coming out as the best placed Yamaha rider.

Garrett Gerloff continued to impress as the top BMW rider in sixth place, the American heading off fellow independent Axel Bassani, the Motocorsa rider making it fourth Ducatis inside the top eight.

Maintaining a lower profile than usual as he works on curing the handling and stability issues on the ZX-10RR, Jonathan Rea was eighth quickest, with Scott Redding and Xavi Vierge completing the top ten.

Elsewhere, there were falls for GYTR GRT Yamaha's Dominique Aegerter, who came down at Turn 1 just ten minutes into the session, plus Iker Lecuona, who was a low-speed faller at Turn 14 with three minutes remaining.

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2023 Italian WorldSBK | Misano World Circuit | Combined FP Results FP1+FP2 | Rd. 5 of 12
1Alvaro BautistaESPAruba DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 33.825
2Danilo PetrucciITABarni Spark RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 34.276
3Michael Ruben RinaldiITAAruba DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 34.283
4Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 34.477
5Toprak RazgatliogluTURPata Crescent RacingYamaha R11m 34.494
6Garrett GerloffUSABonovo RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 34.610
7Axel BassaniITAMotocorsa RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 34.699
8Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 34.713
9Scott ReddingGBRBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M 1000 RR1m 34.826
10Xavi ViergeESPTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 34.833
11Tom SykesGBRBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M 1000 RR1m 34.867
12Philipp OettlGERGo ElevenDucati Panigale V4 R1m 34.922
13Iker LecuonaESPTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 34.932
14Andrea LocatelliITAPata Crescent RacingYamaha R11m 35.063
15Loris BazFRABonovo RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 35.134
16Remy GardnerAUSGYTR GRTYamaha R11m 35.321
17Dominique AegerterCHEGYTR GRTYamaha R11m 35.455
18Bradley RayGBRMotoxracingYamaha R11m 35.523
19Gabriele RuiuITAB-Max RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 35.547
20Lorenzo BaldassarriITAGMT 94Yamaha R11m 36.092
21Hafizh SyahrinMALMIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 36.647
22Tito RabatESPPuccetti RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 36.783
23Luca VitaliITAOrelac RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 36.908
24Isaac VinalesESPTPR by Vinales RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 37.504
25Ryo MizunoJPNMIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 37.513

>>>2023 WorldSBK Championship Standings<<<

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