Rea pips Lecuona to top the first practice at Aragon

Rea pips Lecuona to top the first practice at Aragon

The 10th round of the 2023 WorldSBK Championship got underway at Motorland Aragon with Jonathan Rea setting the fastest time in the first free practice on Friday, edging Honda’s Iker Lecuona.

Jonathan Rea demonstrated superb form on the Kawasaki ZX-10RR around the Motorland Aragon Circuit where the majority of WorldSBK testing takes place. The Ulsterman has just three more races left with Kawasaki before ending his long relationship with the outfit in preparation for his switch to Yamaha.

Rea’s benchmark time of 1m 50.309secs gave him a significant lead over the rest of the field for the majority of the morning until Team HRC Honda’s Lecuona surprised everyone by clocking in at the very end of the session.

Lecuona was only 0.032 seconds behind the six-time WorldSBK Champion placing second. The Team HRC rider, who has recently been engaged with many MotoGP outings with Honda, crossed the finish line alongside teammate Xavi Vierge, who also performed well in sixth.

Danilo Petrucci, who recently renewed his contract with Barni Ducati through 2024, turned out to be the best of the Ducati squad in third place.

Meanwhile, Garrett Gerloff, riding the Bonovo Action BMW M 1000 RR continued where he left off at Magny-Cours by placing fourth, marking four different manufacturers in the top four.

Michael Ruben Rinaldi, who is looking for a new ride for 2024, was fifth fastest, ahead of Xavi Vierge, while the two front-runners for the title, Toprak Razgatlioglu and Alvaro Bautista steadily advanced to seventh and eighth place, respectively.

The top ten was rounded out by Andrea Locatelli and Phillip Oettl.

Florian Marino, who was competing in his first WorldSBK race in five years, was a strong 13th quickest on the Kawasaki ZX-10RR that he had taken over from the absent Alex Lowes.

2023 Aragon WorldSBK, Motorland Aragon Free Practice 1 Results

PosRiderNatTeamMotorcycleLap Time
1Jonathan Rea🇬🇧Kawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 50.309
2Iker Lecuona🇪🇸Team HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 50.341
3Danilo Petrucci🇮🇹Barni Spark RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 50.651
4Garrett Gerloff🇺🇲Bonovo RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 50.692
5Michael Ruben Rinaldi🇮🇹Aruba DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 50.760
6Xavi Vierge🇪🇸Team HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 50.882
7Toprak Razgatlioglu🇹🇷Pata Crescent RacingYamaha R11m 51.045
8Alvaro Bautista🇪🇸Aruba DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 51.329
9Andrea Locatelli🇮🇹Pata Crescent RacingYamaha R11m 51.334
10Philipp Oettl🇩🇪Go ElevenDucati Panigale V4 R1m 51.395
11Dominique Aegerter🇨🇭GYTR GRTYamaha R11m 51.937
12Loris Baz🇫🇷Bonovo RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 51.999
13Florian Marino🇫🇷Kawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 52.057
14Bradley Ray🇬🇧MotoxracingYamaha R11m 52.190
15Lorenzo Baldassarri🇮🇹GMT 94Yamaha R11m 52.296
16Michael van der Mark🇳🇱BMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M 1000 RR1m 52.400
17Tito Rabat🇪🇸Puccetti RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 52.413
18Remy Gardner🇦🇺GYTR GRTYamaha R11m 52.605
19Scott Redding🇬🇧BMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M 1000 RR1m 52.676
20Isaac Vinales🇪🇸TPR by Vinales RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 52.806
21Axel Bassani🇮🇹Motocorsa RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 52.852
22Hafizh Syahrin🇲🇾MIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 53.743
23Eric Granado🇧🇷MIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 53.975
24Oliver Konig🇨🇿Orelac RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 54.382
25Gabriele Ruiu🇮🇹B-Max RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 59.931

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