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WorldSBK Catalunya FP3 Results | Bautista obliterates the field on the morning of Day Two

Alvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati) leads the way straight away on the morning of Day Two of running at Round Four of the Catalan Round of the 2023 World Superbike season.

The little Spaniard led the way at the end of Fridays running after taking top spot in the second Practice session in the afternoon. However, Bautista was not waiting around on the morning of Day Two as he set a lap time of 1m 40.573, which was 0.967 seconds quicker than anybody else on circuit.

Behind the Championship leader there were two Italians who look like they could be battling for second best today if Bautista's dominance continues. Andrea Locatelli (Pata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK Team) sat in second place almost a full second behind top spot. Then just behind Locatelli was Bautista's teammate, Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati).


Garrett Gerloff (Bonovo Action BMW) had a good morning session in Catalunya as he finished the Saturday morning session in fourth place. The Texan has good memories around this circuit so he could produce his best result for BMW this weekend.

Spaniard, Xavi Vierge (Team HRC), has had a solid weekend so far and continues his good form into Saturday as he finished FP3 in fifth place.

Axel Bassani (Motocorsa Racing) is chasing a factory Ducati seat for the 2024 season and a sixth place finish in FP3 and a crash to end the morning is not exactly what the Italian would have liked.

In seventh place in FP3 was Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team). The Kawasaki riders are still struggling in hot conditions. Behind the six time Champion was the 2021 World Superbike Champion, Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK Team), who finished in eighth place.

Remy Gardner (GRT Yamaha) finished inside the top ten in the third and final Practice session as he finished ninth place. Scott Redding (RoKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) rounded out the top ten as the second highest BMW rider.

The other three British riders in WorldSBK finished outside of the top ten in FP3. Bradley Ray (Yamaha Motoxracing Yamaha WorldSBK Team) finished in an impressive 14th place. Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team) finished behind the World Superbike rookie in 15th place. With Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) continuing to struggle down in 23rd place.

WorldSBK Catalunya - FP3 Results

2023 Catalunya WorldSBK | Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya | FP3Results | Rd. 4 of 12]
1Alvaro BautistaESPAruba DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 40.573
2Andrea LocatelliITAPata Crescent RacingYamaha R11m 41.540
3Michael Ruben RinaldiITAAruba DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 41.588
4Garrett GerloffUSABonovo RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 41.622
5Xavi ViergeESPTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 41.677
6Axel BassaniITAMotocorsa RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 41.698
7Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 41.856
8Toprak RazgatliogluTURPata Crescent RacingYamaha R11m 41.882
9Remy GardnerAUSGYTR GRTYamaha R11m 42.091
10Scott ReddingGBRBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M 1000 RR1m 42.114
11Iker LecuonaESPTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 42.180
12Danilo PetrucciITABarni Spark RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 42.214
13Dominique AegerterCHEGYTR GRTYamaha R11m 42.377
14Bradley RayGBRMotoxracingYamaha R11m 42.411
15Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 42.569
16Philipp OettlGERGo ElevenDucati Panigale V4 R1m 42.849
17Hafizh SyahrinMALMIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 43.062
18Lorenzo BaldassarriITAGMT 94Yamaha R11m 43.404
19Oliver KonigCZEOrelac RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 43.532
20Loris BazFRABonovo RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 43.546
21Ivo LopesPORBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M 1000 RR1m 43.619
22Eric GranadoBRAMIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 43.642
23Tom SykesGBRPuccetti RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 43.813
24Isaac VinalesESPTPR by Vinales RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 44.014
25Gabriele RuiuITABmax RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 45.508

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