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Most WorldSBK FP1 - Scott Redding starts on top at a damp Most in FP1

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Scott Redding topped the timesheets in opening free practice for Round 8 of the 2023 WorldSBK Championship at a damp and drizzly Autodrom Most.

The ROKiT BMW rider - a race winner at the Czech circuit with Ducati in 2021 - hit the front in the closing stages as conditions improved to get an early psychological boost over the competition.

His effort of 1m 34.570s was enough to put six tenths between himself and Toprak Razgatlioglu, the Pata Yamaha rider slotting into second late on as one of four R1 riders inside the top six.


Alex Lowes was the quickest of the Kawasaki riders in third place a further tenth back, ahead of Yamaha trio Dominique Aegerter and Remy Gardner on the GRT entries, with Andrea Locatelli following them up in sixth place.

Philipp Oettl had the honour of heading up the Ducati contingent in seventh, ahead of Xavi Vierge and Garrett Gerloff in eighth and ninth, while Eric Granado - something of a wet weather specialist in MotoE - demonstrated a strong turn of pace with the tenth best time on MIE Honda.

Elsewhere, familiar front runners like Jonathan Rea and championship leader Alvaro Bautista maintained a low profile in the hope of better conditions this afternoon, the Kawasaki and Ducati riders 16th and 17th respectively.

2023 Czech WorldSBK | Imola | Friday Practice 1 Results | Round 8 of 12
1Scott ReddingGBRBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M 1000 RR1m 33.926
2Toprak RazgatliogluTURPata Crescent RacingYamaha R11m 34.570
3Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 34.669
4Dominique AegerterCHEGYTR GRTYamaha R11m 35.351
5Remy GardnerAUSGYTR GRTYamaha R11m 36.016
6Andrea LocatelliITAPata Crescent RacingYamaha R11m 36.081
7Philipp OettlGERGo ElevenDucati Panigale V4 R1m 36.142
8Xavi ViergeESPTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 36.239
9Garrett GerloffUSABonovo RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 36.650
10Eric GranadoBRAMIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 36.811
11Michael Ruben RinaldiITAAruba DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 37.291
12Lorenzo BaldassarriITAGMT 94Yamaha R11m 38.064
13Roberto TamburiniITAMotoxracingYamaha R11m 38.991
14Oliver KonigCZEOrelac RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 40.053
15Tito RabatESPPuccetti RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 40.299
16Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 45.365
17Alvaro BautistaESPAruba DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 46.032
18Axel BassaniITAMotocorsa RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 47.019
19Isaac VinalesESPTPR by Vinales RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 47.624
20Danilo PetrucciITABarni Spark RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 49.656
21Hannes SoomerESTMIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 50.018
22Iker LecuonaESPTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 50-234
23Michael van der MarkNEDBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M 1000 RR1m 55.059
24Loris BazFRABonovo RacingBMW M 1000 RR

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