Bassani fastest in wet Warm Up at the Autodrom Most

Sunday, 30 July 2023 07:29 GMT

The Italian rider was over six tenths clear of his rivals in tricky conditions on Sunday morning as he started his day in the perfect fashion

Wet weather once again greeted the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship for Sunday morning’s 15-minute Warm Up session, with Axel Bassani (Motocorsa Racing) showing his wet-weather prowess to top the times. He was more than half-a-second clear of his rivals in the tricky conditions at the Autodrom Most ahead of the Tissot Superpole Race and Race 2 on Sunday for the Acerbis Czech Round.

Bassani was quick throughout Warm Up as he set a 1’45.402s, the only rider to lap in the 1’45s bracket, as he was 0.660s quicker than Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK) in second as the #54 looks to cut the gap to title rival Alvaro Bautista ( Racing – Ducati) even further. Britain’s Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) completed the top three as he lapped 1.091s slower than Bassani, though was quickest at times.

Danilo Petrucci (Barni Spark Racing Team) goes in search of back-to-back podiums on Sunday and started his day with fourth, finishing seven tenths clear of Bautista in fifth. The reigning Champion was 1.921s slower than Bassani while he was three tenths clear of sixth-placed Andrea Locatelli (Pata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK).

Rookie Lorenzo Baldassarri (GMT94 Yamaha) impressed in the wet as he took seventh after setting a 1’48.323s, two tenths clear of Scott Redding (ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) with the Brit the lead BMW rider on Sunday morning. Xavi Vierge (Team HRC) was ninth while Remy Gardner (GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team), who will start the Superpole Race from the front row, completed the top ten. Race 1 winner Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) completed a few out laps but did not set a lap time.

The top six from WorldSBK Warm Up, full results here:

1 Axel Bassani (Motocorsa Racing) 1’45.402s

2. Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK) +0.660s

3. Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) +1.091s

4. Danilo Petrucci (Barni Spark Racing Team) +1.220s

5. Alvaro Bautista ( Racing – Ducati) +1.921s

6. Andrea Locatelli (Pata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK) +2.284s

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