Assen, FP3: Nicolo Bulega (Ducati) walked on water / Superbike World Championship

Assen, FP3: Nicolo Bulega (Ducati) walked on water / Superbike World Championship

The Superbike pilots used the third free practice session in Assen to prepare for a rainy Saturday. World Championship leader Nicolo Bulega took second place Toprak Razgatlioglu by 1.388 seconds!

Friday in Assen was a mix of cloudy weather with brief periods of sunshine. Each practice and qualifying session was held either in mixed conditions or on a wet track.

Rain will also be a constant friend at the TT Circuit on Saturday, which means that the third 20-minute free practice session from 9 am was even more important for the Superbike pilots as it took place on a wet track.

On Friday, world champion Alvaro Bautista ( Ducati) was the fastest, followed in the time tables from FP1 and FP2 by Toprak Razgatlioglu (ROKiT BMW) and Remy Gardner (GRT Yamaha). A best time of 1:35.473 minutes was achieved on a nearly dry track.

For comparison: The fastest lap in Assen was set by Alvaro Bautista (Ducati) in the 2022 race at 1:33.620 minutes, the pole record set by Toprak Razgatlioglu (Yamaha) started the same year and is 1:32.934 minutes .

The riders in FP3 were far from achieving such times; Nicolo Bulega took first place with a time of 1:44.274 minutes. The Supersport champion’s lead is impressive; he took second place Razgatlioglu by 1.388 seconds. Alex Lowes (Kawasaki), Garrett Gerloff (Bonovo BMW) and rain specialist Tarran Mackenzie from the Petronas Honda team followed.

Bautista (+2.196 sec) took eighth place, Johnny Rea (+2.497) twelfth, Switzerland’s Dominique Aegerter 16th and Germany’s only participant Philipp Öttl 18th.