With the title on the line, Jonathan Rea topped the morning Warm-Up session on a dry track following Saturday’s rain
Ahead of Sunday’s two races for the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship, the riders took to the Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit for a 15-minute Warm-Up session with times consistently getting faster throughout the session. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) topped the session by less than a tenth of a second ahead of Race 1 and Race 2 for the Pirelli Indonesian Round.
With riders taking to the track for the first time since Saturday’s Tissot Superpole session, the first laps were well off the pace as riders looked to discover track conditions, with every rider quickly adapting. Rea posted a lap time of 1’34.873s to top the session with a flurry of quick lap times up and down the grid. Scott Redding (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) claimed second place after continuing his strong showing in Indonesia, ahead of Championship leader Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK) in third; the Turkish rider can clinch the 2021 crown in Race 1.
Axel Bassani (Motocorsa Racing) once again showed his prowess with fourth place, 0.352s off the pace, with fellow Italian rider Andrea Locatelli (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK) in fifth place and Garrett Gerloff (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team) rounding out the top six; meaning two Ducati riders and three Yamaha riders claimed five of the top six positions in Warm-Up.
Italian rider Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) claimed seventh place knowing he has to battle through the field in both races on Sunday, with Chaz Davies (Team GoEleven) eighth in his final WorldSBK Warm-Up session. BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team duo Michael van der Mark and Tom Sykes rounded out the top ten with ninth and tenth respectively.
The top six following WorldSBK Warm-Up, full results here:
1. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) 1’34.873
2. Scott Redding (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) +0.076s
3. Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK) 0.348s
4. Axel Bassani (Motocorsa Racing) +0.352s
5. Andrea Locatelli (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK) 0.411s
6. Garrett Gerloff (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team) +0.436s
Race 1 gets underway at 11:00 Local Time (GMT+8) and you can watch it live on the WorldSBK VideoPass!