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Portimao WorldSBK Fri Practice | Bautista in fine form from Gerloff, Razgatlioglu ninth

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Alvaro Bautista, Aruba Racing, Ducati Panigale V4 R, 2023 WorldSBK, Portimao, action [Gold & Goose]

Alvaro Bautista made a confidence-boosting start to the penultimate round of the 2023 WorldSBK Championship at Portimao as he swept to a clear fastest time in Friday Practice.

The Spaniard - who can wrap up his second consecutive title if results fall his way this weekend - set a roaring 1m 40.476secs lap in the afternoon on the Aruba Ducati Panigale V4 R.

That put him a clear +0.3s ahead of second place Garrett Gerloff, who topped the morning FP1 session with a 1m 40.763secs lap that was good enough for him to end the day in second aboard the Bonovo Racing BMW M 1000 RR.


More crucially, Bautista was a full +0.7s clear of Toprak Razgatlioglu, the Turk now the only rider remaining who can deny the ex-MotoGP rider back-to-back titles, who could only manage ninth best.

Michael Ruben Rinaldi completed a strong day for Aruba Ducati with the third fastest lap, heading off Jonathan Rea in fourth and Remy Gardner in fifth, the GYTR GRT Yamaha man enjoying his strongest start to a race weekend this year.

Michael van der Mark consolidated BMW’s encouraging Friday with the sixth best time, ahead of Barni’s Danilo Petrucci, Andrea Locatelli on the best of the Pata Yamahas, Razgatlioglu and Dominique Aegerter rounding out the top ten.

2023 Aragon WorldSBK | Portimao | Combined Practice Results [FP1+FP2] | Round 11 of 12
PosRiderNatTeamMotorcycleLap Time
1Alvaro Bautista🇪🇸Aruba DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 40.476
2Garrett Gerloff🇺🇲Bonovo RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 40.763
3Michael Ruben Rinaldi🇮🇹Aruba DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 40.827
4Jonathan Rea🇬🇧Kawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 41.018
5Remy Gardner🇦🇺GYTR GRTYamaha R11m 41.022
6Michael van der Mark🇳🇱BMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M 1000 RR1m 41.177
7Danilo Petrucci🇮🇹Barni Spark RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 41.189
8Andrea Locatelli🇮🇹Pata Crescent RacingYamaha R11m 41.197
9Toprak Razgatlioglu🇹🇷Pata Crescent RacingYamaha R11m 41.199
10Dominique Aegerter🇨🇭GYTR GRTYamaha R11m 41.367
11Iker Lecuona🇪🇸Team HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 41.379
12Philipp Oettl🇩🇪Go ElevenDucati Panigale V4 R1m 41.386
13Axel Bassani🇮🇹Motocorsa RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 41.402
14Alex Lowes🇬🇧Kawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 41.413
15Loris Baz🇫🇷Bonovo RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 41.694
16Scott Redding🇬🇧BMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M 1000 RR1m 41.708
17Xavi Vierge🇪🇸Team HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 41.718
18Lorenzo Baldassarri🇮🇹GMT 94Yamaha R11m 41.927
19Bradley Ray🇬🇧MotoxracingYamaha R11m 42.756
20Gabriele Ruiu🇮🇹B-Max RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 42.825
21Isaac Vinales🇪🇸TPR by Vinales RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 42.877
22Tito Rabat🇪🇸Puccetti RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 42.910
23Hafizh Syahrin🇲🇾MIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 43.005
24Eric Granado🇧🇷MIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 43.429
25Oliver Konig🇨🇿Orelac RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 44.697

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