The Jerez test gives clues about the balance of power in the 2023 World Superbike Championship. Toprak Razgatlioglu (Yamaha) rode the best time, Álvaro Bautista collided with the new Ducati. Rookie Dominique Aegerter impressed.
This week’s Wednesday and Thursday, the Circuito de Jerez is all about the 2023 Superbike World Championship, with pilots from the Supersport World Championship, Moto3 World Championship and Spanish Championship also taking advantage of the opportunity to test. A total of 31 pilots shared the runway. The conditions were good, many participants rode 50 laps or more.
All Superbike work teams are present with their regular riders, as well as strong customer riders such as Danilo Petrucci (Barni Ducati), Philipp Öttl (Go Eleven Ducati) and riders Dominique Aegerter, Remy Gardner (both GRT Yamaha) and Lorenzo Baldassarri ( GMT94 Yamaha).
BMW and Ducati have their new comparison models in the works and make comparisons with the old version. Take Bautista, for example, who skidded harmlessly into Turn 1 in the 2023 V4R this afternoon. Kawasaki has also made significant changes to the ZX-10RR.
By noon, most drivers had completed a few laps. Sykes got on his bike at 1 pm, Kawasaki factory riders Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes around 2 pm The familiar names with the fastest times lined up at the top of the timesheet. At 4pm, Bautista was ahead with a 1:39.506, followed within just 0.168 by Toprak Razgatlioglu (Yamaha) and Rea.
After a temporary lead by Michael Rinaldi (Ducati), Razgatlioglu finished the first day of testing with an impressive time of 1:38.597 minutes. Apart from the Yamaha star, only Bautista was able to use a time under 1:39. Third was Rinaldi, who lost 0.643 seconds in the best time, Rea came up to 0.705 seconds shortly before the end of the session.
Things are getting tougher behind the top 4. Lowes was fifth with a time of 1:39.684, 1.1 seconds back, followed by Petrucci and Honda riders Xavi Vierge and Iker Lecuona within 0.3 seconds. BMW newcomer Garrett Gerloff lost 1.5 seconds in eleventh place.
Supersport world champion Dominique Aegerter presented himself with top speed on his first day of testing on a dry slope. The Swiss takes ninth place with a time of 1:39.934 minutes, ahead of the best BMW of Scott Redding (10./+1.4 seconds).
Phillip Öttl rode 63 laps on his Ducati and achieved a personal best time of 1:40.234 minutes. The German lost 1.6 seconds in the best time of the day.
The best Supersport rider on Wednesday was Nicolo Bulega from the Aruba.it Ducati team. In 1:42.454, the Italian was only 0.012 seconds faster than Kawasaki Puccetti Racing’s Can Öncü.
|Times Jerez Test, January 25, 2023|
|1.||SBK||Toprak Razgatlioglu (TR/Yamaha)||1:38,597 minutes|
|2.||SBK||Alvaro Bautista (E/Ducati)||+ 0.255 sec|
|3.||SBK||Michael Rinaldi (I/Ducati)||+ 0.643|
|4.||SBK||Jonathan Rea (UK/Kawasaki)||+ 0.705|
|5.||SBK||Alex Lowes (UK/Kawasaki)||+ 1.087|
|6.||SBK||Danilo Petrucci (I/Ducati)||+ 1.193|
|7.||SBK||Xavi Vierge (E/Honda)||+ 1.282|
|of the 8th.||SBK||Iker Lecuona (E/Honda)||+ 1.286|
|9.||SBK||Dominique Aegerter (CH/Yamaha)||+ 1.337|
|10||SBK||Scott Redding (UK/BMW)||+ 1.401|
|11.||SBK||Garrett Gerloff (USA/BMW)||+ 1.469|
|12.||SBK||Andrea Locetelli (I/Yamaha)||+ 1,630|
|13.||SBK||Philipp Öttl (D/Ducati)||+ 1,637|
|14||SBK||Remy Gardner (AUS/Yamaha)||+ 1.954|
|15||SBK||Michael v Mark (NL/BMW)||+ 2.173|
|16||SBK||Tom Sykes (UK/Kawasaki)||+ 2.286|
|17||SBK||Loris Baz (F/BMW)||+ 2,443|
|18||SBK||Oliver Koenig (CZ/Kawasaki)||+ 3,034|
|19||SBK||Lorenzo Baldassarri (I/Yamaha)||+ 3,129|
|20||SSP||Nicolo Bulega (I/Ducati)||+ 3,857|
|21||SSP||Can Oncu (TR/Kawasaki)||+ 3,869|
|22||SSP||Federico Caricasulo (I/Ducati)||+ 3,941|
|23||SSP||Andrea Mantovani (I/Yamaha)||+ 4,469|
|24||SBK||Florian Marino (F/Kawasaki)||+ 4,618|
|25||SSP||John McPhee (UK/Kawasaki)||+ 7,657|