WSBK Superbike Donington FP1: Jonathan Rea surprised at home at the last minute!

The fifth of 12 Supersport World Championship events takes place this weekend in Donington Park, following a five-week break from the last round in Misano.

The competition is dominated by three drivers, Álvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati), Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) i Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK), but the British subsidiary could harden the classification, the Ducati leader presents himself with caution despite his recent renewal with the Italian structure, unlike his two main opponents, one playing at home, the other at home. your favorite circuit …

Álvaro Bautista: “I remember three years ago it was my first time on this track after many years. I don’t know if it’s the track or something, but it’s always hard for Ducati on this circuit. We’ll see what happens this weekend; I have no pretensions, just start on Friday with the good feelings I had in the first four rounds of the season and we’ll see if I can be as competitive as I was on the other circuits. Surely this weekend will be very difficult for us. »

Jonathan Rea: “Donington is my home run and I have a lot of fans traveling from Northern Ireland, so I can’t wait to see what we can do. The weather in the UK seems to be tilted in our favor and the sun will be shining, so I’m ready for a cool weekend. We are still improving the bike step by step and we have learned a lot in the warmer conditions, so we will be better equipped for the summer races, which is very important. »

Toprak Razgatlioglu: “I’m very happy to be back in Donington Park, my favorite circuit, I love it. I hope to fight for victory again, but we’ll see. Today I checked Race 1 for its amazing start and after two laps I was in the lead. I think in my career, this race is exceptional. We will try again this weekend! »

Top 15 in the World Championship standings:

  1. ALVARO BAUTISTA 220 DUCATI
  2. JONATHAN REA 184 KAWASAKI
  3. TOPRAK RAZGATLIOGLU 141 YAMAHA
  4. ANDREA LOCATELLI 108 YAMAHA
  5. IKER LECUONA 99 HONDA
  6. MICHAEL RUBEN RINALDI 92 DUCATI
  7. ALEX LOWES 75 KAWASAKI
  8. AXEL BASSANI 68 DUCATI
  9. VERGE XAVI 63 HONDA
  10. SCOTT REDDING 48 BMW
  11. LORIS BAZ 45 BMW
  12. GARRETT GERLOFF 34 YAMAHA
  13. PHILIPP OETTL 20 DUCATI
  14. EUGENE LAVERTY 18 BMW
  15. ROBERTO TAMBURINI 18 YAMAHALUCA BERNARDI

Temperatures are expected to be exceptionally high this weekend, around 33 ° on Sunday, on a very technical circuit with two diametrically opposed parts forming the 4,023-meter track: a series of fast curves between turns # 1 and # 8, then much less fluid route for # 9, # 10 and # 11. A puzzle for engineers who will have to fine-tune the configuration throughout the sessions …

There are two wildcards, the reigning BSB champion Tarran MacKenzie (Yamaha) and the fastest road racer in the world, that is. Peter Hickmanwith the BMW of his usual FHO team

For this first 45-minute free practice session, the sky is quite overcast, the wind is present and temperatures are forecast at 18 ° in the air and 25 ° on the ground this morning.

When the red lights go out, Jonathan Rea scored the first in 1’28.640 ahead Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) i Loris Baz (Bonovo Stock BMW).

In the next pass, the Cannibal is in 1’27.939 ahead of the BMW of Scott Redding (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) i Loris Baz which received a new Kalex rocker to replace the usual Suter.

Then, the provisional hierarchy hardens with the return ofAlex Lowes as well as the arrival of Toprak Razgatlioglu i Álvaro Bautista in a leading group that also includes Iker Lecuona (HRC Team) i Miquel Ruben Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati).

The time of Jonathan Rea is maintained during the first quarter of an hour after which Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) enters the top 10.

Half session, Jonathan Rea precedes his teammate Alex Lowes of 14/100, then Álvaro Bautista of 4/10 i Toprak Razgatlioglu of 5/10. carry on Scott Redding, Iker Lecuona, Michael Ruben Rinaldi, Lucas Mahias, Leon Haslam (TPR Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki), Axel Bassani (Motocorsa Racing) i Loris Baz.

Shortly afterwards, the latter climbed to eighth position, less than a second behind the leader Toprak Razgatlioglu it’s a little hot …

10 minutes from the checkered flag, Álvaro Bautista he occupies the third position while his teammate now occupies the fifth position.

Three minutes later, the Ducati rider set the fastest time in the first sector but was less comfortable in the following sections. Instead, his teammate Miquel Ruben Rinaldi created a surprise by taking second place.

Jonathan Rea then he goes out on the court but finally comes the attack Toprak Razgatlioglu who gets the best time in extremis in 1’27.805!

FP1 Superbike results in Donington Park:

Rating credit: WorldSBK.com

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