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WorldSBK Catalunya FP1 Results | Rinaldi takes an early lead for Ducati

After his teammate re-signed with the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Team for 2024 yesterday, Michael Ruben Rinaldi has a point to prove in Catalunya as he secured top spot in the opening session of the weekend.

The Italian rider who has been outperformed by fellow Ducati riders so far this season will be battling to keep his ride on the Aruba Ducati in 2024. Taking the top spot in the first session of the weekend is the perfect start for Rinaldi and his crew.

The six time World Superbike Champion, Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team), was hot on the Ducati riders heels. The Northern Irishman finished FP1 in second with a lap time of 1m 41.652, only 0.019 seconds behind Rinaldi.


The 2021 World Superbike Champion, Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK Team), finished the opening session of the weekend in third, with Alvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati) not far behind in fourth place.

Honda rider, Iker Lecuona (Team HRC), turned around his poor Assen form as he finished fifth place in FP1. Closely behind the Honda man were two Yamaha riders of Andrea Locatelli (Pata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK Team) in sixth and Dominique Aegerter in seventh place (GRT Yamaha).

A late crash halted the progress of Xavi Vierge (Team HRC) who ended the first session in eighth place after making late progress in the session.

Rounding out the top ten was two British riders. Alex Lowes finished in ninth place (Kawasaki Racing Team) and Scott Redding (RoKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) was the only BMW rider in the top ten as he finished tenth overall.

The British World Superbike rookie, Bradley Ray (Yamaha Motoxracing Yamaha WorldSBK Team), finished the opening session of his second weekend of the 2023 season in 19th place. The final British rider, Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing), continued to have bike problems as he finished all the way down in 23rd place.

FP2 takes place at 15:00 local time in Catalunya - 14:00 UK time.

WorldSBK Catalunya - FP1 Results

2023 Catalunya WorldSBK | Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya | FP1Results | Rd. 4 of 12]
1Michael Ruben RinaldiITAAruba DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 41.633
2Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 41.652
3Toprak RazgatliogluTURPata Crescent RacingYamaha R11m 41.719
4Alvaro BautistaESPAruba DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 41.779
5Iker LecuonaESPTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 42.068
6Andrea LocatelliITAPata Crescent RacingYamaha R11m 42.079
7Dominique AegerterCHEGYTR GRTYamaha R11m 42.084
8Xavi ViergeESPTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 42.095
9Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 42.229
10Scott ReddingGBRBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M 1000 RR1m 42.467
11Remy GardnerAUSGYTR GRTYamaha R11m 42.649
12Danilo PetrucciITABarni Spark RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 42.790
13Axel BassaniITAMotocorsa RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 42.834
14Garrett GerloffUSABonovo RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 42.941
15Philipp OettlGERGo ElevenDucati Panigale V4 R1m 43.358
16Eric GranadoBRAMIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 43.432
17Loris BazFRABonovo RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 43.551
18Hafizh SyahrinMALMIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 43.576
19Bradley RayGBRMotoxracingYamaha R11m 43.719
20Oliver KonigCZEOrelac RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 44.022
21Isaac VinalesESPTPR by Vinales RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 44.223
22Lorenzo BaldassarriITAGMT 94Yamaha R11m 44.674
23Tom SykesGBRPuccetti RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 46.644
24Gabriele RuiuITABmax RacingBMW M 1000 RRNo Time Set
25Ivo LopesPORBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M 1000 RRNo Time Set

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