Gordon ritchie | September 17, 2021
Championship leader Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team) won early on Friday in Catalunya, with a fastest lap of 1’42.369 on the revised Barcelona – Catalunya circuit.
Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) was second in combined times, but only fourth in the afternoon session, even sinking into gravel towards the end.
Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) improved to third place overall and finished second in the afternoon session, making him the best Ducati rider of the day.
Tom Sykes (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) fell at the start of the second free practice session, after losing the lead in turn five. He still finished in fourth place due to his quick morning time, and he left for the last laps of FP2.
Andrea Locatelli (Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team) finished fifth overall today, but also fell late in FP2; without significant injury. Alex Lowes (KRT) finished sixth on day one. Alvaro Bautista (HRC Honda) crashed at the end of FP2, in the same final turn as Locatelli. Bautista eventually finished 11th but his teammate Leon Haslam (HRC Honda) finished seventh, rounding out all five competing manufacturers in the top seven places.
Michael van der Mark (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team), pulling smoke from his rear tire in the remodeled left turn of Tun 10-11, was expected to finish eighth. Scott Redding (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) climbed to ninth place thanks to his time in FP2, just over half a second behind Razgatlioglu.
Garrett Gerloff (GRT Yamaha) completed the top ten riders in combined times in a hot and sunny Barcelona.
2021 Catalunya WorldSBK Results — Friday
|1||Toprak Razgatlioglu||(Yam)||1: 42.369|
|2||Jonathan Réa||(Kaw)||+ 0.050s|
|3||Mr. Ruben Rinaldi||(Duke)||+ 0.217s|
|4||Tom sykes||(BMW)||+ 0.239s|
|5||Andrea Locatelli||(Yam)||+ 0.246s|
Long-time WorldSSP rider Raffaele De Rosa (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) proved to be the fastest rider of all on WorldSSP day one in Barcelona – Catalunya.
Having changed teams recently, former World Champion Randy Krummenacher (CM Racing Yamaha) finished second, just 0.067 seconds behind De Rosa’s fastest time.
Magny Cours race winner Manuel Gonzalez (Yamaha ParkinGo Team) finished third today.
In the absence of championship leader Dominique Aegerter (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha), who is absent for contractual duties on an electric bike, Steven Odendaal (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Yamaha) finished fourth. The first four riders set their best times in the afternoon FP2 session, but in fifth place Philipp Öttl (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) had to rely on his morning time for his ranking in the top five of the night.
Niki Tuuli (MV Agusta Corse Clienti) finished sixth, the podium teenager from Magny Cours Can Öncü (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) finished seventh despite a crash and Patrick Hobelsberger (Bonovo MGM Racing Yamaha) eighth.
Andy Verdoia (GMT94 Yamaha), remarkable youngest winner of the WorldSSP rainy race last year in Catalunya, finished ninth today as Federico Caricasulo (Biblion Iberica Yamaha MotoxRacing) completed the top ten places.
Jules Cluzel (GMT94 Yamaha) was not allowed to ride after his concussion suffered when several riders fell at Magny Cours.
2021 Catalunya WorldSSP Results — Friday
|1||Raffaele De Rosa||(Kaw)||1: 45.620s|
|2||R. Krummenacher||(Yam)||+ 0.067s|
|3||Manuel González||(Yam)||+ 0.109s|
|4||Steven odendaal||(Yam)||+ 0.161s|
|5||Philipp oettl||(Kaw)||+ 0.278s|
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