Alvaro Bautista fastest in the Friday practice of Assen WorldSBK

Alvaro Bautista fastest in the Friday practice of Assen WorldSBK

Ducati’s Alvaro Bautista topped the speed in Friday practice for the season’s second World Superbike event at Assen, beating off defending champion Toprak Razgatlioglu and Jonathan Rea.

In FP2, Bautista set a time of 1m34.382s with 10 minutes left on the clock, barely 0.082s faster than Razgatlioglu’s FP1 time to finish the day fastest of all.

In the first practice session of the weekend,Toprak Razgatlioglu was unstoppable, finishing more than four-tenths ahead of his nearest rival, but he couldn’t improve on his laptime in the afternoon and had to settle for second place on the combined timesheets.

On his factory Kawasaki, Rea made a significant gain in speed between the two sessions, but his best effort of the day was still three tenths slower than Bautista’s mark on the Panigale V4 R.

However, Alex Lowes made the day for Kawasaki after finishing a good fourth with a time of 1m34.772s, nearly matching the pace of his six-time championship-winning teammate.

After lapping the Dutch circuit in 1m34.884s, Iker Lecuona made it four different manufacturers in the top five, but the Honda rider’s effort was marred by a massive accident at Turn 3 in FP2, necessitating a trip to the medical checks.

The single red flag of the day was raised as a result of this, although the track was quickly cleared and the session resumed after a brief pause.

Lecuona was able to return later in the practice to complete some critical laps, but he was unable to improve on his earlier performance and finished ninth in FP2 – and fifth overall.

GRT Yamaha’s Garrett Gerloff was the top independent rider in Friday practice, beating out factory Ducati’s Michael Ruben Rinaldi by by 0.017s in the general classification.

Loris Baz of Bonovo MGM outperformed the factory BMW duo in practice, clocking a time of 1m35.320s to finish eighth fastest, ahead of Yamaha’s Andrea Locatelli and Axel Bassani’s Ducati Motocorsa.

On the works BMW 1000RR, Scott Redding finished over three tenths behind Baz in 11th, with teammate Michael van der Mark further behind on his return from injury.

Leon Haslam, a five-time WSBK race winner, finished 17th and 14th in the two sessions, filling in for the Pedercini Kawasaki team’s dismissed Loris Cresson.


1Alvaro BautistaSPAAruba.It Racing Ducati1:34.382s
2Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK+0.298s
3Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK+0.390s
4Toprak RazgatliogluTURPATA Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK+0.403s
5Garrett GerloffUSAGRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team+0.617s
6Michael RinaldiITAAruba.It Racing Ducati+0.634s
7Loris BazFRABonovo Action BMW+0.938s
8Andrea LocatelliITAPATA Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK+1.089s
9Iker LecuonaSPATeam HRC WorldSBK+1.113s
10Axel BassaniITAMotocorsa Ducati+1.186s
11Scott ReddingGBRBMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team+1.189s
12Philipp OettlGERGoEleven Ducati+1.341s
13Lucas MahiasFRAPuccetti Kawasaki+1.717s
14Leon HaslamGBRPedercini Kawasaki+1.778s
15Xavi ViergeSPATeam HRC WorldSBK+1.851s
16Roberto TamburiniITAMotoxracing Yamaha WorldSBK Team+1.918s
17Gabriele RuiuITABmax Racing+2.213s
18Kohta NozaneJPNGRT Yamaha+2.295s
19Christophe PonssonFRAGil Motor Sport Yamaha+2.316s
20Michael Van Der MarkNEDBMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team+2.338s
21Hafizh SyahrinMALMIE Honda Racing+2.586s
22Leandro MercadoARGMIE Honda Racing+2.637s
23Luca BernardiSMBarni Spark Ducati Team+3.018s
24Oliver KonigCZEOrelac Racing Kawasaki+3.495s
25Eugene LavertyIRLBonovo Action BMWNo Time Set


1Toprak RazgatliogluTURPATA Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK1:34.466s
2Iker LecuonaSPATeam HRC WorldSBK+0.418s
3Alvaro BautistaSPAAruba.It Racing Ducati+0.780s
4Michael RinaldiITAAruba.It Racing Ducati+0.805s
5Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK+0.829s
6Garrett GerloffUSAGRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team+0.918s
7Andrea LocatelliITAPATA Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK+1.333s
8Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK+1.375s
9Scott ReddingGBRBMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team+1.394s
10Axel BassaniITAMotocorsa Ducati+1.616s
11Loris BazFRABonovo Action BMW+1.694s
12Roberto TamburiniITAMotoxracing Yamaha WorldSBK Team+2.216s
13Lucas MahiasFRAPuccetti Kawasaki+2.242s
14Philipp OettlGERGoEleven Ducati+2.273s
15Eugene LavertyIRLBonovo Action BMW+2.406s
16Kohta NozaneJPNGRT Yamaha+2.737s
17Leon HaslamGBRPedercini Kawasaki+2.751s
18Xavi ViergeSPATeam HRC WorldSBK+2.796s
19Leandro MercadoARGMIE Honda Racing+2.802s
20Hafizh SyahrinMALMIE Honda Racing+2.927s
21Michael Van Der MarkNEDBMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team+2.992s
22Gabriele RuiuITABmax Racing+3.143s
23Christophe PonssonFRAGil Motor Sport Yamaha+3.648s
24Luca BernardiSMBarni Spark Ducati Team+3.873s
25Oliver KonigCZEOrelac Racing Kawasaki+4.175s

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