Barcelona WSBK: Razgatlioglu leads Yamaha 1-2-3 in practice

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Barcelona WSBK: Razgatlioglu leads Yamaha 1-2-3 in practice
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Toprak Razgatlioglu led a Yamaha 1-2-3 in Friday practice for the sixth round of the 2020 World Superbike season in Barcelona, as Ducati’s Scott Redding was only ninth-fastest.

With rain hitting the track before FP2, all of the day’s quickest times were set during the 50-minute morning session.

Former MotoGP rider Alvaro Bautista led most of first practice for Honda, his time of 1m42.513s putting him clear of early pacesetter Eugene Laverty (BMW).

Bautista was not deposed from the top spot until the final 30 seconds of that session, when Michael van der Mark lapped the circuit in 1m42.309s to put Yamaha ahead of its rival Japanese manufacturer.

At the same time, Razgatlioglu began a series of fastest laps, moving to second with a time of 1m42.343s before gaining a further two tenths with a 1m42.140s flyer.

That was enough to snatch the top spot from van der Mark, who eventually finished 0.169s off the pace in second.

Garrett Gerloff made a late improvement on the GRT Yamaha to finish a strong third, 0.338s down on Razgatlioglu’s chart-topping time on the factory R1.

Bautista was demoted to fourth in the final order after failing to improve on his previous effort in the final run, ahead of the championship-leading Kawasaki of Jonathan Rea.

Rea dropped outside of the top 10 after the first runs, but improved twice in the final five minutes of practice, bagging a top-five spot with his final timed lap of 1m42.614s.

Michael Ruben Rinaldi was the top Ducati rider in sixth on the Go Eleven-run Panigale V4 R, beating the factory Kawasaki of Alex Lowes and the works BMW of Tom Sykes.

Championship protagonist Redding trailed in ninth, nearly seventh tenths off the pace, but he still outperformed the sister factory Ducati of Chaz Davies, who finished just outside the top 10 in 11th.

Loris Baz separated the two works-run Ducatis in 10th on the Ten Kate Yamaha.

Barcelona saw the World Superbike debut of former Tech 3 MotoGP rider Jonas Folger, who put in an impressive performance to finish 15th in a 22-bike field while riding a MGM Racing-run Yamaha R1.

The second practice for the Catalunya round took place in damp conditions, with Rea topping the charts with a time of 1m55.669s.

The session had to be red-flagged with 35 minutes on clock after a huge crash for Maximilian Scheib on the Orelac Racing Kawasaki.

WSBK subsequently issued a statement revealing Scheib has been taken to a hospital after suffering an AC joint separation on his shoulder. He will sit out the remainder of the weekend.

Barcelona WSBK - FP1 results:

Cla Rider Bike Time Gap
1 Turkey Toprak Razgatlioglu Yamaha 1'42.140  
2 Netherlands Michael van der Mark Yamaha 1'42.309 0.169
3 United States Garrett Gerloff Yamaha 1'42.478 0.338
4 Spain Alvaro Bautista Honda 1'42.513 0.373
5 United Kingdom Jonathan Rea Kawasaki 1'42.614 0.474
6 Italy Michael Ruben Rinaldi Ducati 1'42.635 0.495
7 United Kingdom Alex Lowes Kawasaki 1'42.688 0.548
8 United Kingdom Tom Sykes BMW 1'42.799 0.659
9 United Kingdom Scott Redding Ducati 1'42.832 0.692
10 France Loris Baz Yamaha 1'42.839 0.699

Barcelona WSBK - FP2 results:

Cla Rider Bike Time Gap
1 United Kingdom Jonathan Rea Kawasaki 1'55.669  
2 Netherlands Michael van der Mark Yamaha 1'55.827 0.158
3 Italy Michael Ruben Rinaldi Ducati 1'55.838 0.169
4 Spain Alvaro Bautista Honda 1'55.862 0.193
5 United Kingdom Scott Redding Ducati 1'56.159 0.490
6 United States Garrett Gerloff Yamaha 1'56.321 0.652
7 United Kingdom Tom Sykes BMW 1'56.522 0.853
8 Samuele Cavalieri Ducati 1'56.680 1.011
9 Ireland Eugene Laverty BMW 1'56.735 1.066
10 Turkey Toprak Razgatlioglu Yamaha 1'56.780 1.111
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Series World Superbike
Event Barcelona
Drivers Toprak Razgatlioglu
Teams Yamaha Pata
Author Rachit Thukral