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WorldSBK Catalunya FP2 Results | Bautista leads the field once again after Friday

After one day of Practice it is once again Alvaro Bautista who leads the way once again at the front of the World Superbike field after signing a new contract for 2024 with the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Team.

Bautista announced that he would be staying on the World Superbike grid in 2024 yesterday and today he has claimed top spot after two Practice sessions in Barcelona. The reigning Champion led a Ducati 1-2 after the afternoon session and once again is the man to beat going into the races.

Behind Bautista was the man who topped the first practice session, Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati). The Italian is now in the hunt to remain Bautista's teammate in 2024 and has looked strong throughout the opening day at Round Four of the season.


Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) was outside of the top ten midway through the second session of the day. However, in the latter stages he put together a lap that put him into third place overall.

The Texan, Garrett Gerloff (Bonovo Action BMW), had an impressive afternoon as he was inside the top five all session and ended up fourth overall when the chequered flag came out.

Then in fifth and sixth were two Yamaha riders, however it was a satellite Yamaha in fifth. Dominique Aegerter (GRT Yamaha) finished the session in fifth place as the top Yamaha rider. Just behind the Swiss rider was the 2021 World Superbike Champion, Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK Team), the Turkish rider was outside the top five in sixth place.

Axel Bassani (Motocorsa Racing) is on the hunt for a factory ride in the 2024 season, but has a step to make this weekend to challenge the factory Ducati riders as he finished FP2 in seventh place.

British rider, Scott Redding (RoKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team), finished the second session of the weekend in eighth place and had a decent showing throughout both Friday sessions.

Andrea Locatelli (Pata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK Team) suffered a small crash midway through the second session this afternoon, but still managed to finish inside the top ten as he finished ninth overall.

The former MotoGP rider, Danilo Petrucci (Barni Spark Racing Team), rounded out the top ten of the second practice session.

The other three British riders on the World Superbike grid all finished outside of the top ten in the second session. Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team) finished in 14th place and struggled throughout the afternoon session. Bradley Ray (Yamaha Motoxracing Yamaha WorldSBK Team) tried a new geometry setup this afternoon, which did not seem to make any improvements for him as he finished 22nd overall. The final British rider on the grid is 2013 World Superbike Champion, Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing), who had electrical issues in the first practice session and then ended the second session in 23rd.

WorldSBK Catalunya - FP2 Results

2023 Catalunya WorldSBK | Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya | FP1Results | Rd. 4 of 12]
1Alvaro BautistaESPAruba DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 41.486
2Michael Ruben RinaldiITAAruba DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 41.836
3Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 42.015
4Garrett GerloffUSABonovo RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 42.235
5Dominique AegerterCHEGYTR GRTYamaha R11m 42.305
6Toprak RazgatliogluTURPata Crescent RacingYamaha R11m 42.640
7Axel BassaniITAMotocorsa RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 42.655
8Scott ReddingGBRBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M 1000 RR1m 42.712
9Andrea LocatelliITAPata Crescent RacingYamaha R11m 42.750
10Danilo PetrucciITABarni Spark RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 42.753
11Iker LecuonaESPTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 42.811
12Xavi ViergeESPTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 42.936
13Loris BazFRABonovo RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 43.064
14Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 43.119
15Remy GardnerAUSGYTR GRTYamaha R11m 43.202
16Philipp OettlGERGo ElevenDucati Panigale V4 R1m 43.434
17Oliver KonigCZEOrelac RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 43.438
18Hafizh SyahrinMALMIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 43.602
19Eric GranadoBRAMIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 43.631
20Lorenzo BaldassarriITAGMT 94Yamaha R11m 43.902
21Ivo LopesPORBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M 1000 RR1m 44.314
22Bradley RayGBRMotoxracingYamaha R11m 44.363
23Tom SykesGBRPuccetti RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 44.486
24Isaac VinalesESPTPR by Vinales RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 44.992
25Gabriele RuiuITABmax RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 46.711

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