Aragon WorldSBK Friday Practice | Alvaro Bautista ends day leading Ducati 1-2-3

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Alvaro Bautista overcame a low key start to Round 10 of the 2023 WorldSBK Championship at Motorland Aragon to end the first day of free practice atop the timesheets.

The champion-elect comes into his home event clasping a comfortable 57 point lead over Toprak Razgatlioglu in the overall standings with three events and nine races remaining.

Moreover, the odds are stacked largely in Bautista's favour at Aragon especially with the Ducati Panigale V4 R enjoying a particularly strong record at the Alcaniz venue, while Razgatlioglu has often identified it as his weakest circuit.

It's a trend that played to form come the end of Friday free practice as Bautista bounced to the summit of the combined order with a best of 1m 49.649secs, proving just under a tenth quicker than Michael Ruben Rinaldi.

The Italian, who achieved his first-ever WorldSBK win at Aragon aboard the Go Eleven Ducati in 2019, looked in good shape once again as he pitches to teams for a 2024 WorldSBK ride having been axed from the Aruba Ducati line-up.

Danilo Petrucci continued the Ducati theme up top aboard the satellite Barni machine with the third best time, two tenths off Bautista, while Jonathan Rea - fastest in FP1 - was fourth quickest as the only other rider to dip below 1m 50secs.

Despite a fall late on in FP2, Iker Lecuona ended a positive Friday with the fifth quickest time of the day, just ahead of Bonovo BMW's Garrett Gerloff, the American far and away the best of the M 1000 RR contingent compared with team-mates Loris Baz, Michael van der Mark and Scott Redding in 13th, 14th and 15th respectively.

Yamaha found itself in the unusual position of being the slowest of the five manufacturers with Razgatlioglu it's best-placed representative in seventh, though he was followed closely by Dominique Aegerter and Andrea Locatelli in eighth and ninth. Xavi Vierge completed the top ten.

2023 Aragon WorldSBK | Motorland Aragon | Friday Practice Results| Round 10 of 12
PosRiderNatTeamMotorcycleLap Time
1Alvaro Bautista🇪🇸Aruba DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 49.649
2Michael Ruben Rinaldi🇮🇹Aruba DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 49.726
3Danilo Petrucci🇮🇹Barni Spark RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 49.825
4Jonathan Rea🇬🇧Kawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 49.970
5Iker Lecuona🇪🇸Team HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 50.448
6Garrett Gerloff🇺🇲Bonovo RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 50.454
7Toprak Razgatlioglu🇹🇷Pata Crescent RacingYamaha R11m 50.757
8Dominique Aegerter🇨🇭GYTR GRTYamaha R11m 50.960
9Andrea Locatelli🇮🇹Pata Crescent RacingYamaha R11m 51.012
10Xavi Vierge🇪🇸Team HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 51.096
11Philipp Oettl🇩🇪Go ElevenDucati Panigale V4 R1m 51.115
12Remy Gardner🇦🇺GYTR GRTYamaha R11m 51.155
13Loris Baz🇫🇷Bonovo RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 51.208
14Michael van der Mark🇳🇱BMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M 1000 RR1m 51.220
15Scott Redding🇬🇧BMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M 1000 RR1m 51.255
16Florian Marino🇫🇷Kawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 51.379
17Lorenzo Baldassarri🇮🇹GMT 94Yamaha R11m 51.931
18Tito Rabat🇪🇸Puccetti RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 51.971
19Axel Bassani🇮🇹Motocorsa RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 51.976
20Bradley Ray🇬🇧MotoxracingYamaha R11m 52.253
21Gabriele Ruiu🇮🇹B-Max RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 52.603
22Hafizh Syahrin🇲🇾MIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 52.622
23Isaac Vinales🇪🇸TPR by Vinales RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 52.698
24Eric Granado🇧🇷MIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 53.238
25Oliver Konig🇨🇿Orelac RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 53.859

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