WorldSBK: Rea Beneath Race Lap File In FP2 At Donington Park (Up to date) – Roadracing World Journal






Extra, from a press launch issued by Dorna WorldSBK Press Workplace:

Rea topped Friday operating with a half a second benefit over Razgatlioglu

The six-time WorldSBK Champion led Razgatlioglu and Redding within the mixed outcomes, with Bautista in fifth


Jonathan Rea (65). Picture courtesy Dorna.


Friday highlights – WorldSBK 

P1 – Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Group WorldSBK)

Rea topped Friday’s timesheets, ending 0.551s away from Razgatlioglu.

His quickest time of a 1’27.016s is underneath the race lap document.

He set an unimaginable 13 1’27s, greater than the entire of his opponents mixed.

“You by no means count on such a giant distinction as a result of half a second is so much. Throughout observe classes, everyone seems to be in several methods. As we speak I attempted to know a few totally different weight balances with the bike, totally different wheel foundation, some totally different digital settings after which attempt to consider each entrance tyres and in addition all of the rear tyres. We managed to do all that. This morning with the more durable rear choice, and this afternoon with each the softer choices. We gained a number of info at this time, now it’s about sitting down understanding what’s going to work for tomorrow. Simply trying on the forecast, the temperatures are going to rise so perhaps all that work could be in useless as a result of when you have got a ten levels distinction on the asphalt it makes a giant distinction. The optimistic factor is that we’ve lot of information and at this time we have been fairly quick. So, it’s a great begin to the weekend.”

P2 – Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK)

Quickest in FP1, Razgatlioglu concluded Friday in second place about half a second behind Rea.

Not matching Rea’s tempo, he lapped two 1’27s and ten 1’28s.

“I’m very completely satisfied that we come again once more to Donington Park, as a result of I like this observe so much. As we speak we attempt for a great setup for the race, however we’ve to maintain working as a result of in FP2 I’m not actually completely satisfied – however P2 was not a foul lap time. We’d like extra grip for the rear and after, I’m simply driving as a result of I get pleasure from this observe! We are going to attempt additionally a brand new set-up, we are going to see. That is simply the primary day, tomorrow we’ve FP3 and after we are going to attempt once more a great set-up for the race. Each race weekend this yr we see huge enchancment, all people could be very quick. Vital the race, not Friday – so we’re simply working for this and I hope tomorrow I’m preventing for the victory.”


Scott Redding (45) leading Xavi Vierge (97) on track at Donington Park. Photo courtesy Dorna.
Scott Redding (45) main Xavi Vierge (97) on observe at Donington Park. Picture courtesy Dorna.


P3 – Scott Redding (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Group)

With a brand new swingarm at his disposal, Redding accomplished Friday’s prime three after two strong Free Follow classes.

He completed 0.582s behind Rea’s finest time, and 0.031s behind Razgatlioglu in second.

“I believe we’ve additionally made some huge steps with the BMW to deliver it nearer to the entrance. Completely different handlebars, totally different swingarm, totally different footpegs, I’m simply feeling extra that it’s my bike and driving with extra of a transparent thoughts of find out how to go quick. It’s undoubtedly an enchancment, that’s for certain. However it’s nonetheless the beginning of the evolution for me. I’ve labored with Kalex earlier than; they’re superb technically and an excellent approach of attaining the objective they usually perceive that from a rider’s perspective. There will likely be extra to return, which is excellent. It’s simply a part of the puzzle. We’ve got many, many issues that we’re pushing and dealing on. Slowly we begin to see one thing coming.”


Alex Lowes (22). Photo courtesy Dorna.
Alex Lowes (22). Picture courtesy Dorna.


P4 – Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Group WorldSBK)

Lowes ended Friday in fourth place with a finest time of 1’27.684s, having run second for many of the session and staying out on one tyre.

“It was a great Friday. It was very nice to get on the bike. I used to be somewhat bit nervous this week as a result of it’s an actual house race for me. It’s a observe I loved and to be sincere I felt actually good on the bike at this time. In FP1, I attempted my 2022 customary setting and in addition somethings to observe of the years at Donington final yr. Within the afternoon, I attempted to do an extended run with the SCX tyre simply to assemble some info for Race 1 tomorrow. I’ve felt fairly good. There are some areas in the midst of the lap, the second sector, the place I would like to enhance however generally, I used to be fairly completely satisfied.”


Alvaro Bautista (19). Photo courtesy Dorna.
Alvaro Bautista (19). Picture courtesy Dorna.


P5 – Alvaro Bautista ( Racing – Ducati)

Championship chief Bautista was fifth, as his finest time of 1’27.730 is 0.714s slower than Rea’s time.

He lapped three 1’27s accompanied by 14 1’28s displaying indicators of excellent tempo.

“I believe at this time has been a optimistic day. I felt higher than I anticipated; I didn’t count on something earlier than coming right here as a result of I keep in mind three years in the past, it was very robust for me. As we speak, I used to be feeling a lot better. The sensation with the bike wasn’t too unhealthy particularly with the race tempo as a result of I felt fairly snug in comparison with three years. I believe our tempo at this time was acceptable. Anyway, we’ve some small particulars to enhance for tomorrow that perhaps might help me achieve some tenths and particularly be extra constant. I’m proud of at this time.”

P6 – Michael Ruben Rinaldi ( Racing – Ducati)

Regardless of a small crash at Flip 12 in FP2, Rinaldi accomplished Friday’s prime six.

Simply 0.005s separated him from his teammate in fifth.

“We used the bottom from Misano, and it labored very well right here. I didn’t count on that. I spoke with the group to simply make small changes and it paid off as a result of, in FP2, I had a great race tempo and constant. This observe is so demanding however with this setup and this work I can go quick each lap, so which means the bottom is actually good. We nonetheless want somewhat bit. I believe are on the trail to attempt to struggle for the rostrum, which is our objective.”

To notice:

Loris Baz (Bonovo Motion BMW) was seventh, with the French rider additionally having a brand new swingarm on his BMW M1000RR.

Leon Haslam (TPR Group Pedercini Racing) accomplished the highest 10 at a circuit the place he’s famously gone strongly at.

The primary Honda rider was Iker Lecuona (Group HRC) in twelfth.

Wildcards Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) and Peter Hickman (FHO Racing) completed in fifteenth and sixteenth place respectively.

WorldSBK motion resumes on Saturday from 09:00 (Native Time), adopted by Tissot Superpole at 11:10 and Race 1 at 14:00.




Extra, from a press launch issued by GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Group:


After a five-week break, the GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Group returned to motion at this time on the iconic Donington Park, with Garrett Gerloff going ninth quickest on mixed instances, whereas Kohta Nozane was twenty second.

The American rider ended Free Follow 1 in 14th (1’29.559), whereas his Japanese teammate completed twentieth (1’31.272), with each aiming to enhance their velocity within the hotter afternoon session.

GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Group riders have been wanting to extract extra potential in Free Follow 2 and they also did, regardless of primarily specializing in longer runs. Gerloff improved his lap instances all through the session, going ninth quickest on a 1’28.431, with Nozane making steps ahead to go 1.520s quicker than the morning.

Each riders will likely be again on observe tomorrow, firstly with FP3 at 09:00 native time (GMT+1), earlier than the Tissot Superpole qualifying at 11:10 and Race 1 at 14:00.

Garrett Gerloff #31 


Garrett Gerloff (31). Photo courtesy GYTR GRT Yamaha.
Garrett Gerloff (31). Picture courtesy GYTR GRT Yamaha.


“It was an attention-grabbing day in a number of other ways. We discovered one thing with the electronics which is optimistic. We completed the day operating with used tyres however we nonetheless stored enhancing. That is what counts as we’re making an attempt to be constant on the finish of the race. The general place isn’t the place I need to be, however there are a number of optimistic issues to take into tomorrow.”
Kohta Nozane #3


Kohta Nozane (3). Photo courtesy GYTR GRT Yamaha.
Kohta Nozane (3). Picture courtesy GYTR GRT Yamaha.


“Not the best day, however we managed to search out good issues right here in Donington. Firstly I attempted to get confidence rapidly on this observe, then we stored engaged on enhancing lap by lap. We made an enormous step between FP1 and FP2 and we’re trying ahead to make extra progress tomorrow.”




Extra, from a press launch issued by Kawasaki:

Rea Dominates First Day

The fifth spherical of the WorldSBK championship started in sturdy trend for the KRT pairing of Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes, with Jonathan scoring the quickest lap of the day and Lowes ending up fourth total.

The anticipated summer season heatwave circumstances didn’t fairly present up at Donington Park, on day one of many motion not less than, however the early tempo put in Rea proved to be red-hot. He’s already underneath the race lap document together with his 1’27.016 tempo, which he set in FP2. He was greater than half a second forward of the subsequent finest rider, Toprak Razgatlioglu.

Lowes was proud of the great work he and his group accomplished on day one, as he makes preparations to participate in his literal house race weekend. Alex, the BSB Champion in 2013, lives only a few kilometres from the circuit and has at all times had a fantastic affinity with the undulating 4.023km lengthy Donington format.

Air and observe temperatures are anticipated to extend all weekend so the group and riders factored that chance into their pre-race preparations. This job was aided by helpful information gathered from a current excessive temperature check carried out at Motorland Aragon.

After the primary two observe classes on Friday the KRT duo will now face a remaining FP3 session, Superpole Qualifying after which a full distance Race One at 14.00 UK time, on Saturday sixteenth July.


Jonathan Rea (65). Photo courtesy Kawasaki.
Jonathan Rea (65). Picture courtesy Kawasaki.


Jonathan Rea, said: “You may by no means simply take a screenshot of the ultimate lap instances and perceive all of the tales. All people was on a unique technique at this time, making an attempt to know what’s what. However we did good work and we have been capable of analyse all of the tyre choices. Each entrance tyres and all of the rears. Not like Misano, the place there have been two additional options over the weekend, and it confused every part, I really feel we’ve a deal with on not less than the tyres. Within the morning I used to be actually scuffling with the entrance over the bumps, so we modified the burden steadiness of the bike, the wheelbase. To start with of the second session I used to be capable of perceive fairly rapidly the professionals and cons of the adjustments.”


Alex Lowes (22). Photo courtesy Kawasaki.
Alex Lowes (22). Picture courtesy Kawasaki.


Alex Lowes, said: “The primary day went OK regardless that I had my finest lap cancelled. I obtained a bit grasping on the doorway to the chicane and I believe I touched the inexperienced observe limits marker. It’s good to be again at Donington. The climate has been good and I believe it’s simply going to get higher all weekend. There are already fairly just a few followers right here and I actually loved it at this time. The tempo is fairly good in order that’s good. If the temperature rises I do know which tyre I’m going to make use of, as I did a future with it in FP2. I’m not certain in regards to the entrance tyre but.”

Frenchman Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) was declared match and able to race at Donington, securing a really sturdy eleventh place total on day one. Twenty yr outdated rookie rider Oliver König (Orelac Racing VerdNatura) was twenty sixth on the timesheets as he discovered his approach across the Donington circuit for the primary time.

Wildcard entrant Leon Haslam (TPR Pedercini Kawasaki) – just lately a manufacturing unit KRT rider himself – was a really creditable tenth at his house circuit.




Extra, from a press launch issued by Group HRC:

Donington a studying curve for Lecuona and Vierge

Group HRC is out on observe for the fifth spherical of the 2022 Superbike World Championship on the Donington Park circuit within the UK. Neither Iker Lecuona or Xavi Vierge has raced on the British observe earlier than, though Iker did profit from a brief one-day check final month. The Group HRC duo due to this fact spent Friday’s classes attending to grips with the difficult format and adapting their CBR1000RR-R FIREBLADES to swimsuit, the day one thing of a studying expertise for them each.

Working laborious together with his technicians, Lecuona set a better of 1’28.807 to put eighth by the tip of the morning’s first free observe. Again on the bike for the primary time since his Misano accident, Vierge closed in nineteenth place with a time of 1’30.566.

In the course of the afternoon’s second observe each manufacturing unit riders have been quickly capable of decrease their earlier instances. Lecuona barely improved over the course of the 45-minute session, his outright better of the day a 1’28.509, set within the remaining 5 minutes, which positioned him twelfth within the mixed standings. Vierge’s quickest time, a 1’29.336, noticed him spherical out day one in eighteenth place. The Group HRC duo will proceed with its work in tomorrow’s remaining observe, in order to be as ready as doable for the weekend’s races.

Iker Lecuona  7


Iker Lecuona (7). Photo courtesy Team HRC.
Iker Lecuona (7). Picture courtesy Group HRC.


“The day began very effectively, after which we obtained somewhat misplaced. A technical glitch this morning slowed issues down a bit after which in FP2 I didn’t really feel completely proper on the bike. We’ve got one thing to type out with the set-up; it’s a little bit of a slippery observe and perhaps the circumstances are a bit colder in comparison with once we got here testing right here three weeks in the past, both approach I felt rather less snug than anticipated on the bike. I felt a bit tense whereas driving and that put a number of pressure on my arm, inflicting some arm-pump. We have to discover one thing that helps us regain these good sensations we had within the check in order that we are able to get again to a extra ‘regular’ place, near the highest 5”.

Xavi Vierge  97


Xavi Vierge (97). Photo courtesy Team HRC.
Xavi Vierge (97). Picture courtesy Group HRC.


“The nice factor is that I’m very completely satisfied to be again on observe and am feeling ok with my hand at what’s a really bodily observe. I’ve felt OK to date and now simply want some laps to adapt and to know find out how to go quick right here. It was a pity to have missed the checks, which might undoubtedly have helped us so much, however it’s what it’s and we simply must deal with the job in hand. We improved quite a bit between FP1 and FP2, particularly by way of race tempo. We didn’t use any comfortable tyre and solely labored with the race spec. We’re not the place we need to be after all, or the place we all know we may be, however we may be completely satisfied in that I can experience as regular, my hand is simply wonderful, and we’re doing a great job as a group”.




Extra, from a press launch issued by Racing Ducati:

Alvaro Bautista and Michael Rinaldi fifth and sixth respectively after Donington’s free observe. Bulega finishes third in WorldSSP

Prosecco DOC UK Spherical free observe ended with Alvaro Bautista and Michael Rinaldi in fifth and sixth respectively.

It was a optimistic Friday on the Donington Park circuit with the 2 Racing – Ducati group riders working laborious on their Ducati Panigale V4R machines to assemble helpful info forward of tomorrow and Sunday races.

After ending third in FP1, Rinaldi led to sixth place (1’27.735), 719 thousandths of a second off the quickest time of the day set by Rea (Kawasaki) and fewer than two tenths off the second place of Razgatlioglu (Yamaha).

Alvaro Bautista labored on particulars whereas additionally making an attempt some tire options and ended each classes in fifth place with the very best time of 1’27.730.

Alvaro Bautista ( Racing – Ducati #19)


Alvaro Bautista (19). Photo courtesy Ducati.
Alvaro Bautista (19). Picture courtesy Ducati.


“It was a really optimistic day wherein we did higher than we anticipated. It’s clear: we nonetheless have to repair some particulars to get nearer to Rea, who in the meanwhile appears to be one step forward of everybody. Nonetheless, I’m very happy with the sensations I felt at this time and I believe we’ve all the probabilities to take a step ahead tomorrow morning to struggle for the rostrum.”

Michael Rinaldi ( Racing – Ducati #21)


Michael Rinaldi (21). Photo courtesy Ducati.
Michael Rinaldi (21). Picture courtesy Ducati.


“I’m happy as a result of we did a extremely good job. The sensation with the bike is sweet, a verify that since Misano we’ve been moving into the best route. As we speak’s objective was to not make too many adjustments to the bike and the great emotions in FP1 helped us. There’s nonetheless one thing lacking to be on the prime however I believe we’re working effectively.”


Very optimistic Friday for Nicolò Bulega, who rode the Ducati Panigale V2 for the primary time at Donington Park, ending third (1’31.164), two tenths off the very best time of the day set by Aegerter (Yamaha).

Nicolò Bulega ( Racing WSSP #11)

“I’m proud of what we did at this time. In FP2 we managed to enhance so much the sensation with the bike. In any case, this was the primary time for me on this circuit with the race bike. Regardless of this I felt snug straight away. The sensation is sweet and I believe we are able to have a great weekend.”




Extra, from a press launch issued by Yamaha:

Razgatlıoğlu P2 as Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK get to work on Friday at Donington

Toprak Razgatlıoğlu was initially quickest total this morning in Free Follow 1 at Donington Park, kicking off the fifth spherical of the 2022 FIM Superbike World Championship within the UK at this time.

Nonetheless, lap instances tumbled throughout the board this afternoon because the temperature heated up, with championship rival Jonathan Rea going half a second faster than the remainder of the sphere within the closing phases of Free Follow 2. Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK stood by its tried and examined race simulation operating plan, with defending champion Razgatlıoğlu specializing in race tempo quite than outright velocity. Regardless of enhancing on his lap time by practically 0.25s, it wasn’t sufficient to retain the highest spot.

The group hope to make a step in a single day to search out extra rear grip for each Razgatlıoğlu and teammate Andrea Locatelli to allow them to struggle on the entrance throughout the 23-lap characteristic tomorrow.

Locatelli, in simply his second go to to the difficult UK circuit, made steps to get better misplaced observe operating in Free Follow 2 after an early crash at Goddard’s in Free Follow 1 lowered his out there observe time this morning whereas the group repaired his #55 R1 WorldSBK. The 25-year-old Italian recovered to eighth total within the mixed instances this afternoon.

Saturday Race day begins with Free Follow 3 at 09:00 (BST) adopted by Superpole qualifying at 11:10 and Race 1 “lights out” at 14:00.

Toprak Razgatlioğlu

Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK


Toprak Razgatlioglu (1). Photo courtesy Yamaha.
Toprak Razgatlioglu (1). Picture courtesy Yamaha.


“I’m very completely satisfied that we come again once more to the UK and Donington Park, as a result of I like this observe so much. As we speak we attempt for a great set-up for the race, however we’ve to maintain working as a result of in FP2 I’m not actually completely satisfied – however P2 was not a foul lap time. We’d like extra grip for the rear and after, I’m simply driving as a result of I get pleasure from this observe! We are going to attempt additionally a brand new set-up, we are going to see. That is simply the primary day, tomorrow we’ve FP3 and after we are going to attempt once more a great set-up for the race. Each race weekend this yr we see huge enchancment, all people could be very quick. Vital the race, not Friday – so we’re simply working for this and I hope tomorrow I’m preventing for the victory.”

Andrea Locatelli

Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK


Andrea Locatelli (55). Photo courtesy Yamaha.
Andrea Locatelli (55). Picture courtesy Yamaha.


“The primary day was not simple as a result of in FP1 I crashed after 5 laps and we misplaced a number of time. Additionally the sensation after I returned on observe was probably not good, however in the long run, this afternoon we labored across the bike and the sensation was higher and we improved on the lap time as effectively. Normally, it’s a wierd feeling right here in Donington as a result of I’ve a number of downside with the rear grip however for certain, we perceive one thing and tomorrow we are able to enhance the bike so it is a nice level for us. It’s not so unhealthy to shut day one right here in P8 and now attempt to belief in myself to get some good right here outcomes tomorrow, to attempt to shut the hole with the entrance group and to do a extremely good Superpole and in addition Race 1 as a result of it’s vital for the championship. So we have to proceed our work, deal with the job and push to take some good outcomes.”

Paul Denning

Group Principal, Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK

“A optimistic first day right here at Donington: a dry race observe, a giant crowd for Friday and a fantastic ambiance round what seems like goes to be the most important UK WorldSBK occasion for some years! Efficiency-wise, it was really fairly difficult. On the face of it, second on the time sheets for Toprak isn’t unhealthy, and contemplating it’s solely his second go to right here, Andrea’s efficiency can also be a strong begin. However, to be sincere, we’ve obtained work to do to search out extra rear grip for each riders and extra consistency on the race tempo. Jonathan has a transparent benefit at this time however we will likely be doing every part we are able to in a single day to make a transparent step for tomorrow.”



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