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WorldSBK Official Pre-Season Test | Razgatlioglu pips Bulega to top crash-strewn Phillip Island test

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Toprak Razgatlioglu stole the thunder from impressive rookie Nicolo Bulega by snatching the top spot during official pre-season testing for the 2024 WorldSBK Championship in the final moment at Phillip Island.

Spurred on by the fresh asphalt that has been laid around the high-speed Melbourne venue over the winter, Razgatlioglu turned up the heat with his final run of the day to leap to the top of the timesheets with a 1m 28.511secs.

That placed him a snip ahead of Bulega, who looked on course to end the day in the same position as the morning session after a searingly quick lap of 1m 28.585 in the closing stages. They were both well below the erstwhile lap record held by Tom Sykes from his 2020 pole-winning lap of 1m 29.230s


Headlines at a glance...

  • 🚀 Toprak Razgatlioglu snatches the initiative from Nicolo Bulega in the final moments of the day with a huge new lap record of Phillip Island
  • 🌟 Four years out of action but Andrea Iannone is just 0.001s shy of joining top trio in the 1m 28s bracket
  • 🔴 Six red flags over the course of the session, including one for a crash involving Jonathan Rea
  • 💥 Crashes for: Iker Lecuona, Jonathan Rea, Alvaro Bautista, Andrea Iannone, Michael van der Mark, Andrea Locatelli and Tito Rabat
  • 🤕 Iker Lecuona out for the remainder of the test after picking up a shoulder injury in his fall

Bulega had become the first rider on a Superbike to dip below 1m 29secs when he stormed to the fastest time during the morning session, with no other rider able to get close. However, the afternoon session would see the pace ramp up towards the end of the day with Andrea Locatelli setting a new marker of 1m 28.835s, prompting Bulega and ultimately Razgatlioglu to respond.

Razgatlioglu's turn of pace will come as some relief to BMW and be regarded as a warning to his rivals. Indeed, the Turkish rider worked on race sim runs in the afternoon, leaving it until the very final moment to go for a quick lap that would out-pace Bulega, a strategy that will give him and the Shaun Muir Racing-run squad confidence for Superpole when racing action kicks off in Australia this weekend.

Locatelli's run to third place raised smiles for Yamaha on an otherwise tough day for the Iwata marque. The Italian's high-profile new team-mate Jonathan Rea caused a red flag earlier in the day when he crashed at Turn 11, the Ulsterman struggling to keep pace throughout en route to 15th fastest on the timesheets.

Though he couldn't get close to his best time from the morning, Andrea Iannone still ended the day a fine fourth fastest, the ex-MotoGP rider proving he won't be rusty when the season starts on the Team Go Eleven Ducati.

He was among six riders to get beneath Sykes' lap record from four years ago with, Alex Lowes made strides on the best of the factory Kawasaki ZX-10RRs to take fifth, albeit a long way adrift of Razgatlioglu's immense pace. Similarly, Motocorsa Ducati's Michael Ruben Rinaldi made big gains over the day to collect sixth.

While the pace was quick, it was also somewhat fragile with as many as seven riders hitting the deck over the course of the day.

Among them were frontrunners Locatelli and Iannone, but also defending champion Alvaro Bautista, who tipped off at Turn 7 just before the end of the morning session. The dominant title-winner of 2022 and 2023 has endured a troubled build-up to the opener as he struggles with a lingering neck injury and the impact of carrying ballast introduced by the governing body in an attempt to create a more even base weight for all riders.

Despite the fall, Bautista looked solid at Phillip Island in seventh, albeit a full 0.7s off not only Razgatlioglu's best lap but that of his rookie Aruba.it Racing Ducati team-mate.


Scott Redding appeared to confirm the steps forward made by BMW over the winter under Razgatlioglu's steer as he stayed among the top ten throughout the day, eventually ending it in eighth. Gains over the day would see Remy Gardner (GYTR GRT Yamaha) and new Kawasaki signing Axel Bassani complete the top ten.

A minor improvement from Sam Lowes would prevent him from slipping from the top six come the end of the day aboard his Marc VDS Racing Ducati, the WorldSBK rookie winding up 11th.

Six red flags would permeate the day, one for Rea, two for technical issues affecting Garrett Gerloff and Philipp Oettl, and another for Iker Lecuona, who crashed during the morning session. The Spaniard picked up a shoulder injury sufficient to keep him out of action for the remainder of the day and now is a doubt for the opener this weekend.

Of the remaining Brits, Brad Ray - making his Phillip Island Circuit debut today - turned in the 20th fastest lap of the day, while Tarran Mackenzie, who debuts with Petronas MIE Racing Honda this weekend, was 22nd of the 23 riders.


2024 WorldSBK Pre-Season Testing | Official Testing Results, Phillip Island [FINAL]

Tuesday Combined | Conditions - Dry, Sunny

🇦🇺 ⏱️ 2024 WorldSBK Pre-Season Testing Results | Phillip Island, Australia | Tuesday Combined
PosRiderNatTeamMotorcycleLap Time
1Toprak Razgatlioglu🇹🇷ROKiT BMW MotorradBMW M 1000 RR1m 28.511
2Nicolo Bulega🇮🇹Aruba RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 28.585
3Andrea Locatelli🇮🇹Pata PROMOTEONYamaha R11m 28.835
4Andrea Iannone🇮🇹Team Go ElevenDucati Panigale V4 R1m 29.001
5Alex Lowes🇬🇧Kawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 29.211
6Michael Ruben Rinaldi🇮🇹Motocorsa RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 29.213
7Alvaro Bautista🇪🇦Aruba RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 29.278
8Scott Redding🇬🇧Bonovo Action RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 29.370
9Remy Gardner🇦🇺GYTR GRTYamaha R11m 29.399
10Axel Bassani🇮🇹Kawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 29.406
11Sam Lowes🇬🇧Elf Marc VDS RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 29.432
12Danilo Petrucci🇮🇹Barni Spark RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 29.468
13Dominique Aegerter🇨🇭GYTR GRTYamaha R11m 29.648
14Michael van der Mark🇳🇱ROKiT BMW MotorradBMW M 1000 RR1m 29.716
15Jonathan Rea🇬🇧Pata PROMOTEONYamaha R11m 29.966
16Xavi Vierge🇪🇦Team HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 29.299
17Philipp Oettl🇩🇪GMT 94Yamaha R11m 29.986
18Garrett Gerloff🇺🇲Bonovo Action RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 30.381
19Iker Lecuona🇪🇦Team HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 30.468
20Bradley Ray🇬🇧MotoxracingYamaha R11m 30.559
21Tito Rabat🇪🇦Puccetti RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 31.029
22Tarran Mackenzie🇬🇧Petronas MIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 31.580
23Adam Norrodin🇲🇾Petronas MIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 32.088

Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit | Lap Records - WorldSBK

🇦🇺 ⏱️ 🏁 Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit | Lap Records - WorldSBK
-RiderNatTeamBikeLap TImeYearClassification
-Tom Sykes🇬🇧BMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW S 1000 RR1m 29.2302020All-Time Lap Record
-Jonathan Rea🇬🇧Kawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 30.0752019Best Race Lap
-Toprak Razgatlioglu🇹🇷Pata Crescent RacingYamaha R11m 29.40020232023 Superpole

2024 WorldSBK Pre-Season Testing Schedule & Programme

🇦🇺 ⏱️ 2024 WorldSBK Pre-Season Testing Schedule
-DayClassLocal TimeUK Time [+11hrs]
-19 Feb - MondayWorldSSP P19.10 - 13.1022.10 (Sunday) - 2.10
-19 Feb - MondayWorldSSP P213.40 - 17.402.40 - 6.40
-20 Feb - TuesdayWorldSBK P19.10 - 13.1022.10 (Sunday) - 2.10
-20 Feb - TuesdayWorldSBK P213.40 - 17.402.40 - 6.40

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