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WorldSBK, Portimao Testing Results [Day 1] | Rookie Bulega leads Razgatlioglu in Portugal

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Nicolo Bulega was once again the rider to beat as WorldSBK testing resumed with the first of two days spent at Portimao in Portugal, the rookie leading Toprak Razgatlioglu and Remy Gardner on a close timesheet.

The Italian - runaway WorldSSP Champion in 2023 - stunned the WorldSBK regulars in Jerez last week by topping the timesheets on both days with lap record-breaking pace and would prove in similarly devastating form on the title-winning Aruba.it Racing Ducati Panigale V4 R as action got underway in Portugal.

Setting a benchmark lap time of 1m 39.913secs - making him the only rider to dip below the 1m 40secs mark - Bulega was run closer around the Algarve track than he was in Jerez with Toprak Razgatlioglu showing encouraging form on the ROKiT BMW M 1000 RR to slot in less than a tenth adrift of his new rival.


Jonathan Rea rounded out the top three on the best of the factory Pata PROMETEON Yamaha R1s after an improvement just prior to the flag, chased by Remy Gardner in fourth place. The Australian is having to take on the heavy lifting for the GYTR GRT squad after a viral infection forced team-mate Dominique Aegerter out of action once again.

In fifth, Andrea Locatelli was another to make a late improvement, ahead of Sam Lowes, who continued to make an eye-catching transition to WorldSBK competition with the sixth fastest time, the Briton less than half-a-second off the pace aboard the satellite Marc VDS Ducati.

In seventh was Michael van der Mark on the second of the ROKiT BMW, ahead of Alvaro Bautista, the defending champion putting in a more representative showing as he continues on the recovery trail from a neck injury sustained in post-season testing in November.

Alex Lowes, who was the best of the Kawasaki riders despite technical issues in tenth, while Bradley Ray - having missed last week's Jerez test - made a positive first impression for 2024 by posting the 11th fastest time of the 23 riders present.

All riders that are due to compete in the 2024 WorldSBK Championship are present in Portugal, with the exception of the unwell Aegerter, as well as Petronas MIE Racing Honda duo Tarran Mackenzie and Adam Norrodin.

2024 WorldSBK Pre-season Testing Results, Portimao [Day 1 of 2]

⏱️ 2024 WorldSBK Pre-Season Testing Results | Portimao, Portugal | Testing Day 1 [Jan 2024] 🇵🇹
PosRiderNatTeamMotorcycleLap Time
1Nicolo Bulega🇮🇹Aruba RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 39.913
2Toprak Razgatlioglu🇹🇷ROKiT BMW MotorradBMW M 1000 RR1m 40.007
3Jonathan Rea🇬🇧Pata PROMTEEONYamaha R11m 40.061
4Remy Gardner🇦🇺GYTR GRTYamaha R11m 40.268
5Andrea Locatelli🇮🇹Pata PROMETEONYamaha R11m 40.270
6Sam Lowes🇬🇧Elf Marc VDS RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 40.463
7Michael van der Mark🇳🇱ROKiT BMW MotorradBMW M 1000 RR1m 40.636
8Alvaro Bautista🇪🇦Aruba RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 40.673
9Xavi Vierge🇪🇦Team HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 40.729
10Alex Lowes🇬🇧Kawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 40.779
11Bradley Ray🇬🇧MotoxracingYamaha R11m 41.027
12Garrett Gerloff🇺🇲Bonovo Action RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 41.039
13Iker Lecuona🇪🇦Team HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 41.044
14Michael Ruben Rinaldi🇮🇹Motocorsa RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 41.081
15Scott Redding🇬🇧Bonovo Action RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 41.083
16Danilo Petrucci🇮🇹Barni Spark RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 41.152
17Andrea Iannone🇮🇹Team Go ElevenDucati Panigale V4 R1m 41.208
18Axel Bassani🇮🇹Kawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 41.305
19Tito Rabat🇪🇦Puccetti RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 41.484
20Philipp Oettl🇩🇪GMT 94Yamaha R11m 41.736
21Sylvain Guintoli🇫🇷ROKiT BMW MotorradBMW M 1000 RR1m 42.102
22Bradley Smith🇬🇧ROKiT BMW MotorradBMW M 1000 RR1m 43.225
23Florian Marino🇫🇷Kawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 43.323

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