On his final race day with his current team, the #54 topped the first session of the day ahead of rookie Danilo Petrucci
The final Warm Up session of the 2023 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship season was topped by Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK) ahead of Danilo Petrucci (Barni Spark Racing Team) by just over a tenth. The 2021 Champion put in six laps to top the times with a 1’39.765s at the Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto as teams and riders prepare for the final two races of the season in the Prometeon Spanish Round.
The #54 Yamaha was quick from the start of the 15-minute session as he looks to give his Pata Yamaha squad the perfect leaving present ahead of his switch to BMW for 2024. He completed a stint of six laps to finish ahead of Danilo Petrucci (Barni Spark Racing Team) by just 0.125s, with the #9 showing strong pace on Sunday morning. Like Razgatlioglu, he completed a single stint in Warm Up to total 8 laps with his quickest time at the end of his run. The Ducati star was quick in the first half of the lap, often posting red sectors as he went faster than anyone else, before losing ground in sectors three and four. Petrucci was ahead of fellow rookie Dominique Aegerter (GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team) in third, with the Swiss rider looking to meet his goal by taking a podium in his maiden campaign on the final day of the season. He set a 1’40.195s, 0.430s slower than Yamaha stablemate Razgatlioglu.
The #77 was directly ahead of teammate Remy Gardner with the Australian, who will be reassessed after Warm Up following his Turn 8 crash in Race 1 after he suffered a deep elbow abrasion, lapping only 0.054s slower than his teammate. The remainder of the top six were made up by the two Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK riders. Alex Lowes posted a 1’40.263s to lead teammate Jonathan Rea by just 0.021s. Like his rival, the #65 will be hoping for a fairytale ending to his Kawasaki career before he replaces Razgatlioglu.
Newly-crowned two-time WorldSBK Champion Alvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati), sporting a new design for his #1 plate, was seventh with a 1’40.351s, lapping almost six tenths down on his title rival from this season. He was ahead of teammate Michael Ruben Rinaldi who’s one of several riders preparing for their last day with their current squads. He just around two tenths back from the #1 while compatriot Andrea Locatelli (Pata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK) was ninth. Scott Redding (ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) completed the top ten.
The top six from WorldSBK Warm Up, full results here:
1. Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK) 1’39.765s
2. Danilo Petrucci (Barni Spark Racing Team) +0.125s
3. Dominique Aegeter (GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team) +0.430s
4. Remy Gardner (GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team) +0.484s
5. Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) +0.498s
6. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) +0.519s
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