Sizzling and heavy for some at Magny-Cours on Friday


2023 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship
Spherical 9 – Magny-Cours
Friday Apply

The primary day of WorldSBK motion at Magny-Cours got here to a detailed with Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Crew WorldSBK) on high of the order. Pink flags had been a function of FP2, the primary as a result of a crash by Xavi Vierge (Crew HRC) on the exit of Flip 3, while the second was due to an engine challenge for Dominique Aegerter (GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Crew), leaving fluid on the monitor.

Having led the best way in FP1, Jonathan Rea’s afternoon wasn’t fairly as straight ahead, with a whole lot of work happening with the entrance of his Kawasaki ZX-10RR after the second pink flag. The 36-year-old, who’s in his closing third of the season and thus the final races as a Kawasaki rider, obtained again out for the ultimate 20 minutes or so and was up inside the highest six earlier than finally taking seventh and while not enhancing his morning time, no person else managed to beat it both.

Jonathan Rea – P1

The blokes did a very good job and my first lap was a 1’37.6. With new tyres the bike felt actually good and I used to be capable of get to a powerful rhythm. We had a extremely optimistic FP1, then in FP2 I felt just like the monitor temperature went greater and I used to be anticipating to cease the bike higher, particularly within the hairpin. I couldn’t cease within the final a part of braking. They modified the entrance chassis place, however in actuality I actually struggled on the aspect of the tyre, throughout turning and in path braking. I misplaced some confidence, so though there have been a whole lot of pink flags that really helped as Pere and the staff had time to return to the FP1 set-up. Even with fairly a number of laps on the tyres I used to be capable of enhance. I believe the race choices are fairly clear for us. However we nonetheless want to enhance the path braking feeling and have extra entrance confidence. I don’t know if we will say that we’ve got mounted the problems we had with overloading the entrance initially of the yr, however actually in these situations of fifty°C on the monitor we discovered that the entrance tyre consumption wasn’t as unhealthy as we skilled firstly of the season.

Jonathan Rea

Crew-mate Alex Lowes was additionally on the tempo all through the day and was forward of Rea in P6 and the quickest rider by means of sector 4, though hotter afternoon temperatures wouldn’t have been superb for both, even when the precious monitor time could assist for the long run.

Alex Lowes – P7

I like this monitor and I felt good immediately. We’ve got had some unhealthy climate right here over time, nearly full wash-outs, however it’s at all times an incredible monitor to experience. It’s fairly troublesome, with some adjustments of course and elevation. It has at all times been a extremely gratifying structure and I’m at all times joyful to be right here. The bike itself felt good at the moment, but when I might select to I wouldn’t have such excessive temperatures, as typically we will’t go as effectively when it’s actually pink scorching. However, at the moment I felt fairly good. I attempted each tyre combos within the FP2 session this afternoon, did a whole lot of laps and we’ve got obtained some concepts for tomorrow. I used to be aggressive at the moment, I actually loved it and hopefully we will problem for the rostrum tomorrow.

Alex Lowes

Because the monitor temperatures got here up, the Ducatis discovered their kind. First, it was Michael Ruben Rinaldi ( Racing – Ducati) who put in a strong lap time to guide the session into the ultimate ten minutes, while Championship-leading teammate Alvaro Bautista moved up into P3. Each improved on their morning instances significantly at a monitor that not too long ago hasn’t been considered one of Ducati’s strongest. Rinaldi took P2 total as he goes to copy his podium success and victory competition from 2022, while Alvaro Bautista, having not been too effectively on Thursday, completed the day in sixth, 0.274s off Rea’s morning tempo.

Michael Rinaldi – P2

Undoubtedly an attention-grabbing Friday throughout which we labored effectively and managed to enhance in comparison with the morning. Within the afternoon, regardless of the actually excessive and weird temperature for this circuit, we tried totally different options, additionally on the tyres, which might be helpful for the weekend races. I’m assured and I’ll attempt my greatest to acquire good outcomes“.

Alvaro Bautista – P6

I’m happy with what we did on this primary day, additionally as a result of I arrived at Magny-Cours in lower than optimum situations as a result of a abdomen virus. Thankfully, since this morning issues have been enhancing and this allowed me to do the standard Friday setup work, looking for the perfect feeling with the bike with out trying on the Chrono“.

Alvaro Bautista

Flying the BMW flag and certainly the Unbiased one, Garrett Gerloff (Bonovo Motion BMW) put a shocking first day collectively and was second on the time-sheets in each periods, taking P3 on the mixed instances.

As for the manufacturing unit staff, Scott Redding (ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Crew) was their greatest consultant with a late cost to P5 in FP2 and due to this fact P8 on mixed instances. Teammate Michael van der Mark suffered a fall at Flip 13 however was OK, taking thirteenth total. Residence-hero Loris Baz (Bonovo Motion BMW) concluded the day in twelfth, with the highest 13 riders in a single second of one another.

Garrett Gerloff

Third within the morning and within the afternoon, Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK) was in good kind at considered one of his favorite circuits on the calendar. He was lower than 1 / 4 of a second behind Rea’s quickest time from the morning and fewer than a tenth and a half behind Rinaldi in FP2, taking fourth on the mixed instances and like Rea, not with the ability to enhance his time in comparison with the morning. Crew-mate Andrea Locatelli was strong in P8 throughout the afternoon session having been flying in fourth throughout the morning, however he remained inside the highest ten total, taking P5 on the shut of Friday enterprise.

Toprak Razgatlıoğlu – P4

We’re beginning good simply we didn’t attempt a quick lap, however normally the tempo could be very robust! This yr it’s a little bit troublesome, additionally I see another riders very robust at the moment – Jonathan, usually is robust, at the moment we didn’t see however within the race he’s at all times robust! Appears to be like like within the race, I believe we will likely be 5 or 6 riders preventing. I’m joyful to return again once more after 5 weeks, we experience the bike and I’m having fun with my R1 at the moment – particularly this afternoon within the scorching situations we had good tempo and I’m joyful! Right this moment crucial to seek out which tyre is greatest for the race, we’re trying and we’re joyful. Final yr we used a distinct tyre however scorching situation at all times troublesome, we discovered a very good set-up for the race and we are going to see tomorrow as a result of qualifying additionally crucial.

Andrea Locatelli – P5

It was a bit tough and unusual in Magny-Cours to seek out these actually heat situations at the moment! The sensation with my R1 from this morning was good and in FP2 we improved the grip – I’m so joyful concerning the begin of our work and the weekend to date! We are going to see what we will do tomorrow throughout Race 1, however the feeling isn’t so unhealthy – perhaps we simply want to regulate one thing small however I believe we may be aggressive. We have to attempt to be actually quick in Superpole as a result of we all know that if we begin from the again it’s troublesome to recuperate and comply with the entrance group – It’s necessary to attempt to begin in entrance tomorrow after which construct throughout the race, however I believe we will do! We can have kind of the identical situations tomorrow and Sunday, so the tyre choice may be clear – we have to attempt tomorrow morning to grasp if the selection we wish to make for the race is appropriate however I believe we’ve got a transparent thought.

There was a dramatic day for Honda, who introduced coming into the spherical that their tremendous concession had been activated with a brand new chassis. After a quiet opening session, Xavi Vierge (Crew HRC) began FP2 with a bang, with an enormous highside exiting Flip 3. He obtained caught up with the bike which cartwheeled by means of the air in a cloud of mud and gravel, ensuing a pink flag. The incident gave the impression to be triggered by a second a lap earlier for Razgatlioglu, his knee digging into the grass on the within of the flip, kicking up mud which then settled on and subsequent to the racing line. Vierge was capable of stroll away, while the monitor was cleared up.  The Suzuka 8 Hours winner didn’t return to the monitor and will likely be reviewed on Saturday after a number of contusions to his proper hip and forearm, however his FP1 time leaves him 14th total. Teammate Iker Lecuona returned to WorldSBK motion after three MotoGP outings all through summer time, and he was seventeenth come the top of Friday operating.

New chassis for Honda, however no pleasure for his or her riders…
Xavi Vierge – P14

We didn’t begin the day too badly and though our preliminary feeling with the bike was not excellent, we did some good work and already took a step in FP1. We determined to make some adjustments for FP2 and I felt good early, however it was actually unlucky that we have been solely capable of make a number of laps earlier than I abruptly misplaced the rear by means of nook three. It was fully sudden however then I realised there was some grime, some sand on the tarmac, and that was the trigger. It’s an actual pity as a result of we misplaced nearly the whole session. However fortunately, I really feel good, regardless of the large influence. I’ll now relaxation and can have a medical check-up earlier than FP3 tomorrow morning, as a result of the crash was fairly large so the docs wish to ensure that every thing is OK. However as I stated, I really feel effectively and am not in ache, simply able to get again to work tomorrow.

Iker Lecuona – P17

To start with, I’m joyful that my teammate appears luckily unharmed after a large crash, however I can’t actually say the identical with regard to our first day right here. We have to perceive what’s happening with the bike setup. We got here right here following some optimistic exams, however for some purpose now we aren’t getting the identical feeling. We’re a method again within the standings and the hole when it comes to lap time remains to be too large. I additionally ran straight by means of a nook and into the gravel, so it’s troublesome to not be annoyed with how at the moment has gone. We have to perceive why we had such a tough day.”

In addition to Gerloff in P3, there have been extra Independents to be careful for, together with Remy Gardner (GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Crew) who took P9 with a late lap on the finish of FP2.

Remy Gardner – P9

It was a highly regarded day, and we all know we have to preserve working and getting faster. We’re missing some tempo, however we managed to enhance rather a lot in Free Apply 2 and I obtained to study the monitor extra as effectively. We’re conscious will proceed to be a highly regarded weekend and we’ll most likely face some scorching races, however we’ll preserve working arduous to have one-lap and race-long tempo. I’m assured we will make an extra step tomorrow.

Danilo Petrucci (Barni Spark Racing Crew) suffered a series challenge within the morning however took tenth total, enhancing his time by simply over a tenth of a second.

Danilo Petrucci – P10

We had a small setback throughout our preliminary run and that impacted on our work schedule a bit. We used two new tyres throughout the first session and never within the second as we often do. It’s actually scorching right here and that didn’t assist us both. We’re just a little far off in comparison with current races, however I’m assured that we’ll have the ability to discover one thing that permits us to be quicker.

After a large crash at Flip 7 in FP1, Axel Bassani (Motocorsa Racing) had a way more easy session and was eleventh on the finish of the day, while Philipp Oettl (Crew GoEleven) was the ultimate Ducati in fifteenth.

After his engine blow-up on the exit of Flip 13, Dominique Aegerter was left down in sixteenth after day one, while Lorenzo Baldassarri (GMT94 Yamaha) was 18th.

Dominique Aegerter – P16

I’m delighted to be again on monitor, it was an extended break. I wanted some laps to get used to the bike once more, and it was my first time on the R1 in Magny-Cours too. Sadly, within the afternoon we suffered a technical challenge with the engine that price me time and prevented me from enhancing my feeling and lap instances, however I’m assured we’ll be again stronger tomorrow. We’ll work arduous to have sufficient monitor time, being aware it’ll be a highly regarded race. I’m additionally joyful to see many followers right here, I can really feel their assist.

Brad Ray (Yamaha Motoxracing WorldSBK Crew) suffered an enormous crash on his return to WorldSBK motion at Flip 3 after the primary pink flag, that means he didn’t get again out.

WorldSBK Friday Mixed Apply Instances

Pos Rider Bike Time/Hole
1 J  Rea Kawasaki  1m36.900
2 M. Rinaldi Ducati  +0.073
3 G. Gerloff BMW  +0.081
4 T. Razgatlioglu Yamaha  +0.160
5 A. Locatelli Yamaha  +0.242
6 A. Bautista Ducati  +0.274
7 A. Lowes Kawasaki  +0.431
8 S. Redding BMW  +0.442
9 R. Gardner Yamaha  +0.662
10 D. Petrucci Ducati  +0.738
11 A. Bassani Ducati +0.762
12 L.  Baz BMW +0.937
13 M. Van Der Mark BMW  +0.978
14 X. Vierge Honda  +1.168
15 P. Oettl Ducati +1.214
16 D. Aegerter Yamaha +1.228
17 I.  Lecuona Honda +1.318
18 L.  Baldassarri Yamaha +1.383
19 B. Ray Yamaha +1.464
20 I.  Vinales Kawasaki +2.126
21 L.  Mahias Kawasaki  +2.208
22 H. Soomer Honda +2.771
23 O. Konig Kawasaki +2.890
24 H. Syahrin Honda +3.205

World Superbike Championship Factors

Pos Rider Factors
 1  Alvaro Bautista  427
 2  Toprak Razgatlioglu  353
 3  Jonathan Rea  251
 4  Andrea Locatelli  227
 5  Axel Bassani  207
 6  Danilo Petrucci  155
 7  Michael Ruben Rinaldi  147
 8  Alex Lowes  121
 9  Dominique Aegerter  114
 10  Xavi Vierge  105
 11  Scott Redding  99
 12  Remy Gardner  98
 13  Iker Lecuona  87
 14  Garrett Gerloff  68
 15  Philipp Oettl  56
 16  Loris Baz  42
 17  Michael Van Der Mark  23
 18  Bradley Ray  19
 19  Tom Sykes  11
 20  Lorenzo Baldassarri  9
 21  Hafizh Syahrin  8
 22  Leon Haslam  2
 23  Tito Rabat  1
 24  Isaac Vinales  1
 25  Ivo Miguel Lopes  1


Valentin Debise’s (GMT94 Yamaha) kind in Free Apply 1 was sufficient for him to be quickest on Friday as he cemented his place on the high of the timesheets at Magny-Cours. At his residence Pirelli French Spherical, the skilled Frenchman will likely be hoping he can safe a maiden WorldSSP podium.

The situations within the afternoon proved to be difficult for the sphere with a number of crashes on the lengthy right-hander of Flip 3.

Nicolo Bulega ( Racing WorldSSP Crew) was second within the mixed classification, with the Italian quickest in FP2 and Debise simply behind, whereas Adrian Huertas (MTM Kawasaki) took third; the Spaniard was considered one of a number of riders who crashed out at Flip 3.

Tom Edwards ended day one nineteenth whereas countryman Luke Energy was twenty fourth.

WorldSSP Friday Mixed Apply Instances

Pos Rider Bike Time/Hole
1 V Debise Yamaha 1m41.083
2 N Bulega Ducati  +0.031
3 A Huertas Kawasaki  +0.053
4 S Manzi Yamaha  +0.302
5 Y Montella Ducati  +0.382
6 R De Rosa Ducati  +0.416
7 J Navarro Yamaha +0.461
8 N Tuuli Triumph +0.510
9 F Caricasulo Ducati  +0.512
10 A Verdoia Yamaha  +0.543
11 S Jespersen Yamaha +0.680
12 M. Schroetter MV +0.694
13 L Dalla Porta Yamaha +0.773
14 B Sofuoglu MV +0.900
15 G Van Straalen Yamaha  +0.947
16 T Sales space-Amos Kawasaki  +0.999
17 J Gimbert Yamaha +1.007
18 O Vostatek Triumph +1.407
19 T Edwards Yamaha +1.538
20 J Mcphee Kawasaki  +1.615
21 C Oncu Kawasaki +1.728
22 F Fuligni Ducati  +1.874
23 T Mackenzie Honda +1.957
24 L Energy Kawasaki  +2.002
25 A Sarmoon Yamaha +2.099
26 M. Kofler Ducati +2.152
27 M. Gregorio Yamaha +2.252
28 A Diaz Yamaha  +2.344
29 A Kofler Ducati +2.376
30 Y Okaya Kawasaki  +2.910
31 A Norrodin Honda  +2.970
32 M Abe Yamaha +5.296

World Supersport Championship Factors

Pos Rider Factors
 1  Nicolo Bulega  308
 2  Stefano Manzi  262
 3  Marcel Schroetter  214
 4  Federico Caricasulo  167
 5  Bahattin Sofuoglu  129
 6  Niki Tuuli  109
 7  Glenn Van Straalen  100
 8  Valentin Debise  98
 9  Raffaele De Rosa  95
 10  Jorge Navarro  94
 11  Adrian Huertas  89
 12  Yari Montella  87
 13  Nicholas Spinelli  66
 14  Can Oncu  63
 15  Tom Sales space-Amos  47
 16  John Mcphee  46
 17  Tarran Mackenzie  40
 18  Lucas Mahias  37
 19  Oliver Bayliss  26
 20  Simone Corsi  23
 21  Anupab Sarmoon  22
 22  Adam Norrodin  20
 23  Andy Verdoia  15
 24  Tom Edwards  15
 25  Thomas Gradinger  10
 26  Federico Fuligni  10
 27  Filippo Fuligni  10
 28  Andrea Mantovani  9
 29  Harry Truelove  5
 30  Maximilian Kofler  4
 31  Luca Ottaviani  4
 32  Apiwath Wongthananon  4
 33  Alvaro Diaz  3
 34  Andreas Kofler  3
 35  Marco Bussolotti  2
 36  Luke Energy  1
 37  Stefano Valtulini  1
 38  Rhys Irwin  1
 39  Adrian Fernandez Gonzalez  1


Matteo Vannucci’s (AG Motorsport Italia Yamaha) early lap in FP2 was sufficient for him to high the instances on the opening day of the Pirelli French Spherical. The Italian was one of some riders to enhance their lap instances within the afternoon as he completed greater than three-tenths away from Kevin Sabatucci (Crew Flembbo – PI Performances) after the Italian went quickest in Free Apply 1.

WorldSSP300 Friday Mixed Apply Instances

Pos Rider Bike Time/Hole
1 M. Vannucci Yamaha 1m52.914
2 Okay Sabatucci Kawasaki +0.363
3 D Geiger KTM RC +0.491
4 L Veneman Kawasaki +0.578
5 J Perez Gonzalez Kawasaki +0.599
6 S Di Sora Kawasaki +0.700
7 J Buis Kawasaki +0.722
8 R Bijman Yamaha +0.818
9 D Mogeda Kawasaki +0.843
10 G Hendra Pratama Yamaha +0.888
11 M. Gennai Yamaha +0.891
12 F Seabright Kawasaki +0.992
13 J Garcia Kawasaki +1.132
14 M. Gaggi Yamaha +1.248
15 M. Garcia Kove +1.355
16 A Zanca Kawasaki +1.390
17 L Lehmann KTM RC +1.439
18 T Alberto Kawasaki +1.540
19 P Svoboda Kawasaki  +1.557
20 E Valentim Yamaha +1.628
21 H Maier Yamaha +1.652
22 Peristeras Yamaha +1.842
23 Osuna Saez Kawasaki  +1.858
24 Calatayud Yamaha +1.951
25 Bergamini Yamaha +2.116
26 M. Martella Kawasaki  +2.188
27 J Uriostegui Yamaha +2.473
28 R Tragni Yamaha +3.103
29 L Badie Kawasaki  +4.996
30 A Madrigal Kawasaki +8.746

World Supersport 300 Championship Factors

Pos Rider Factors
 1  Jose Luis Perez Gonzalez  117
 2  Dirk Geiger  116
 3  Petr Svoboda  113
 4  Matteo Vannucci  99
 5  Jeffrey Buis  99
 6  Humberto Maier  99
 7  Mirko Gennai  95
 8  Samuel Di Sora  83
 9  Marco Gaggi  62
 10  Bruno Ieraci  57
 11  Fenton Seabright  50
 12  Kevin Sabatucci  43
 13  Lennox Lehmann  41
 14  Daniel Mogeda  40
 15  Jose Manuel Osuna Saez  34
 16  Enzo Valentim  34
 17  Loris Veneman  29
 18  Julio Garcia  27
 19  Aldi Satya Mahendra  25
 20  Devis Bergamini  20
 21  Galang Hendra Pratama  19
 22  Alessandro Zanca  18
 23  Marc Garcia  16
 24  Ruben Bijman  14
 25  Kevin Santos Fontainha  13
 26  Ioannis Peristeras  13
 27  Walid Khan  6
 28  Maxim Repak  6
 29  Juan Pablo Uriostegui  5
 30  Raffaele Tragni  3
 31  Yeray Saiz Marquez  3
 32  Troy Alberto  1

WorldSBK Magny-Cours Schedule

Time Class Occasion
1700 WorldSBK FP3
1745 WorldSSP300 Superpole
1825 WorldSSP Superpole
1910 WorldSBK Superpole
1945 R3 bLU cRU Cup R1
2040 WorldSSP300 R1
2200 WorldSBK R1
2315 WorldSSP R1
0015 (Solar) R3 bLU cRU Cup R2
1700 WorldSBK WUP
1725 WorldSSP WUP
1750 WorldSSP300 WUP
1900 WorldSBK SPRace
2030 WorldSSP R2
2145 WorldSSP300 R2
2315 WorldSBK R2

2023 FIM Superbike World Championship Calendar

Date Circuit WSBK WSSP600 WSSP300
24-26 Feb Phillip Island X X  
3-5 Mar Mandalika X X  
21-23 Apr Assen X X X
5-7 Could Catalunya X X X
2-4 Jun Misano X X X
30 Jun-02 Jul Donington Park X X  
14-16 Jul  Imola X X X
28-30 Jul Autodrom Most X X X
8-10 Sep Magny-Cours X X X
22-24 Sep Aragón X X X
29-Sep-01 Oct Algarve X X X



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