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WorldSBK, Jerez Testing [Day 1] | Nicolo Bulega sets a searing pace as 2024 prep begins - PICS

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Nicolo Bulega showed up his more experienced rivals as he paced the first day of WorldSBK testing in Jerez.

The Italian - who joins the title-winning Aruba.it Racing Ducati team after winning the WorldSSP Championship in 2023 - lapped the Jerez circuit in a 1m 38.292secs, more than a second quicker than closest rival Alex Lowes.

The test, which runs over two days, is being attended by all five main factory manufacturers and a handful of this year's independent contenders.


Despite the gulf to the top, Lowes was still able to out-perform the factory ROKiT BMW duo of Toprak Razgatlioglu and Michael van der Mark, the former in fine fettle straight away as he looks to give the German marque its first win since 2020 this season.

Remy Gardner - riding alone for the GYTR GRT team after illness ruled Dominique Aegerter out - was the best of the Yamaha contingent in fifth place, just ahead of new Yamaha lead Jonathan Rea in sixth position.

Having only thrown his leg over a race bike for the first time in four years in November 2023, Andrea Iannone proved competitive out of the box as he swept to the seventh fastest time, ahead of Garrett Gerloff on the Bonovo Action BMW M 1000 RR, while Danilo Petrucci and defending champion Alvaro Bautista completed the top ten.

In his first WorldSBK group test outing since making his move from Moto2, Sam Lowes was a solid 15th fastest on the Marc VDS Racing Ducati.

2024 Spain WorldSBK | Jerez | Testing Day 1 [24/01/2024]
PosRiderNatTeamMotorcycleLap Time
1Nicolo Bulega🇮🇹Aruba RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 38.292
2Alex Lowes🇬🇧Kawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 39.474
3Toprak Razgatlioglu🇹🇷ROKiT BMW MotorradBMW M 1000 RR1m 39.521
4Michael van der Mark🇳🇱ROKiT BMW MotorradBMW M 1000 RR1m 39.531
5Remy Gardner🇦🇺GYTR GRTYamaha R11m 39.679
6Jonathan Rea🇬🇧Pata PROMETEONYamaha R11m 39,682
7Andrea Iannone🇮🇹Team Go ElevenDucati Panigale V4 R1m 39.684
8Garrett Gerloff🇺🇲Bonovo Action RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 39.763
9Danilo Petrucci🇮🇹Barni Spark RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 39.773
10Alvaro Bautista🇪🇦Aruba RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 39.847
11Andrea Locatelli🇮🇹Pata PROMETEONYamaha R11m 39.917
12Philipp Oettl🇩🇪GMT 94Yamaha R11m 40.003
13Scott Redding🇬🇧Bonovo Action RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 40.042
14Axel Bassani🇮🇹Kawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 40.059
15Sam Lowes🇬🇧Elf Marc VDS RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 40.133
16Iker Lecuona🇪🇦Team HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 40.379
17Tito Rabat🇪🇦Puccetti RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 40.549
18Xavi Vierge🇪🇦Team HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 40.676
19Florian Marino🇫🇷Kawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 41.435
20Bradley Smith🇬🇧ROKiT BMW MotorradBMW M 1000 RR1m 41.862
21Sylvain Guintoli🇫🇷ROKiT BMW MotorradBMW M 1000 RR1m 41.898

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