Jerez’s test provides clues about the balance of power in the 2023 Superbike World Championship. Toprak Razgatlioglu (Yamaha) was leading the best time, Alvaro Bautista crashed with his new Ducati. Rookie impressed Dominik Eggerter.
On Wednesday and Thursday this week, Circuito de Jerez is all about the 2023 Superbike World Championship, with some 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 participated in the runway. The conditions were good, with most of the participants leading 50 or more laps.
All of the Superbike works teams are on hand with their regular riders, as well as strong customer riders like Danilo Petrucci (Barni Ducati) and Philipp Öttl (Go Eleven Ducati) and rookies Dominique Aegerter and Remy Gardner (both GRT Yamaha) and Lorenzo Baldassarri (GMT94 Yamaha).
BMW and Ducati have their new homologation models in the works and are making comparisons to the old version. Take Bautista, for example, who had a harmless slide at Turn 1 in the 2023 V4R this afternoon. Kawasaki also made profound changes to the ZX-10RR.
By midday most of the drivers had completed a few laps. Sykes got his bike up at 1pm, and factory Kawasaki riders Jonathan Rey and Alex Laws only got around 2pm. The names known for the fastest times have ranked themselves at the top of the all-time list. At 4 p.m., Bautista was leading with a 1:39.506, followed within 0.168 just by Toprak Razgatlioglu (Yamaha) and Rea.
After a tentative lead from Michael Rinaldi (Ducati), Razgatlioglu finished the first day of testing with an impressive lap time of 1:38.597 minutes. In addition to the Yamaha star, only Bautista managed a time under 1:39 minutes, third was Rinaldi who lost 0.643 seconds to the best time, and Rea came up to 0.705 seconds shortly before the end of the session.
Things are narrowing behind the top four. Luiz was fifth with a time of 1:39.684, 1.1 seconds behind, followed by Petrucci’s Honda rider Xavi Verge and Iker Lacona 0.3 seconds behind. BMW newcomer Garrett Gerloff lost 1.5 seconds to eleventh.
Supersport World Champion Dominique Agerter presented himself at a high pace on the first day of testing on a dry slope. The Swiss is ninth with a time of 1:39.934 minutes, just ahead of Scott Redding’s BMW best (10./+1.4 seconds).
Philipp Otel led 63 laps for the Ducati and ran a personal best of 1:40.234 minutes, losing the German by 1.6 seconds in the best time of the day.
The top rider in Supersport on Wednesday was Team Aruba.it Ducati’s Nicolò Polega. At 1:42.454 minutes, the Italian was just 0.012 seconds faster than Can Öncü of the Puccetti Racing Kawasaki team.
|Times Jerrys Test, January 25, 2023|
|put||class||Driver (Nat./Motorcycle)||time / dev|
|1.||SBK||Toprak Razgatlioglu (TR/Yamaha)||1: 38,597 minutes|
|2.||SBK||Alvaro Bautista (E/Ducati)||+ 0.255 sec|
|3.||SBK||Michael Rinaldi (Me / Ducati)||+0.643|
|4.||SBK||Jonathan Rea (UK/Kawasaki)||+0.705|
|5.||SBK||Alex Laws (UK/Kawasaki)||+ 1,087|
|6.||SBK||Danilo Petrucci (I / Ducati)||+1,193|
|7.||SBK||Xavi Vierge (E/Honda)||+ 1,282|
|VIII.||SBK||Iker Licona (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 Locatelli (Me/Yamaha)||+1630|
|13.||SBK||Philip Ottle (d/Ducati)||+1637|
|14||SBK||Remy Gardner (Australia/Yamaha)||+ 1,954|
|15||SBK||Michael Vd Mark (NL/BMW)||+2,173|
|16||SBK||Tom Sykes (UK/Kawasaki)||+ 2,286|
|17||SBK||Loris Paz (F/BMW)||+ 2,443|
|18||SBK||Oliver Koenig (CZ/Kawasaki)||+ 3,034|
|19||SBK||Lorenzo Baldassarri (I / Yamaha)||+ 3,129|
|20||SSP||Nicolò Polega (Me / Ducati)||+ 3,857|
|21||SSP||Kan Onko (TR/Kawasaki)||+3869|
|22||SSP||Federico Caricasolo (I / Ducati)||+ 3941|
|23||SSP||Andrea Mantovani (Me/Yamaha)||+4469|
|24||SBK||Florian Marino (F/Kawasaki)||+ 4618|
|25||SSP||John McPhee (UK/Kawasaki)||+ 7657|
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