Scott Redding put in a sensational last lap to top the timesheets in FP3 by almost three tenths ahead of Friday pacesetter Toprak Razgatlioglu
The final practice session for the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship ahead of the Motul French Round came to an end with Championship contender Scott Redding (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) on top by almost three tenths of a second at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours ahead of Friday’s pacesetter, Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK).
Redding put in a long stint during the 30-minute session with his best lap time, a 1’36.393s, set late on in the session, lapping under the existing race lap record as he put himself in the best possible position ahead of the Tissot Superpole session. Razgatlioglu finished in second place while Garrett Gerloff (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team) was third despite an incident with teammate Kohta Nozane at Turn 13.
Reigning Champion Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) claimed fourth place after spending a fair amount of time at the top of the timesheets with teammate Alex Lowes directly behind him in fifth. Andrea Locatelli (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK) claimed sixth place with just seven tenths separating the top six riders.
Chaz Davies (Team GoEleven) continued his strong pace in France with seventh place, finishing 0.004s ahead of Tom Sykes (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) in eighth. Leon Haslam (Team HRC) ensured all five manufacturers were represented in the top ten with ninth, while Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) rounded out the top ten.
The top six following practice at Magny-Cours, full results here:
1. Scott Redding (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) 1’36.393
2. Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK) +0.285s
3. Garrett Gerloff (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team) +0.316s
4. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) +0.420s
5. Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) +0.663s
6. Andrea Locatelli (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK) +0.715s
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