Razgatlioglu fastest but crashes on second morning of Jerez test
2021 Champion Toprak Razgatlioglu was fastest at the halfway point of the second day of testing despite a crash at the final corner early in his running
The final day of testing at the Circuit de Jerez – Angel Nieto for the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship was another dramatic session. Just 0.028s covered the top two at 14:00 Local Time (GMT+1), the halfway point of the test. Razgatlioglu was the fastest rider on track as he set a 1’39.010s, down on his fastest time from Day 1, but the 2021 Champion also caused a small delay to proceedings when he crashed at the final corner.
Razgatlioglu was barely into his day’s action when he crashed at Turn 13 at the Jerez circuit, sending him into the gravel with his bike heavily damaged. He was able to return to the track on his second bike not long after as he set the fastest time in the morning by just 0.028s. Reigning Champion Alvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) was second fastest and completed the most laps of those in the top five, while Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) was third; 0.263s back from Razgatlioglu’s time. Italian duo Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) and Andrea Locatelli (Pata Yamaha WorldSBK) rounded out the top five.
Big crash for @toprak_tr54 at Turn 13— WorldSBK (@WorldSBK) January 26, 2023
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Once again, rookies were showing their potential on Day 2. Danilo Petrucci (Barni Spark Racing Team) continued his quick adaptation to WorldSBK as he lapped in 1’39.704s on his Panigale V4 R. Remy Gardner (GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team) moved up the order to ninth with a 1’40.109s, while teammate Dominique Aegerter was 13th fastest and around three tenths down on his teammate. Garrett Gerloff (Bonovo Action BMW) was 16th fastest after he had a small crash at Turn 6 after he lost the front of his M 1000 RR machine.
In WorldSSP, Nicolo Bulega (Aruba WorldSSP Racing Team) was the fastest rider after setting a 1’41.685s on his Panigale V2, lapping around seven tenths quicker than Can Oncu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing). Federico Caricasulo (Althea Racing) rounded out the top three in WorldSSP with a 1’42.662s, around three tenths behind Oncu and a second down on Bulega.
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