Alvaro Bautista fought back during World Superbi FP2 at Misano as Ducati locked out the top three positions.

Keen to cement himself as the favourite for victory, championship leader Bautista was the early pacesetter to begin FP2.

Extremely fast in sector two, many riders were struggling to match Bautista’s pace although Alex Lowes did as he went quickest.

However, Bautista responded immediately in order to move clear by -0.151s after setting a time of 1:34.326s. 

The time set by Bautista was quicker than any of his efforts during FP1, although it didn’t last long as he went even faster on his next lap around. 

Dominique Agerter became the first faller on day-one after the impressive rookie crashed at turn one. 

Another superb lap then saw Bautista go faster than Razgatlioglu’s top time from FP1, as the reigning world champion began to pull clear of those behind.

While Jonathan Rea joined Lowes inside the top four, both factory Kawasaki riders were still a long way away from Bautista.

Rea’s slow start to FP1 saw him finish seven tenths down on Razgatlioglu, while the six-time champion was unable to break under the half a second margin to Bautista.

Only getting faster, Bautista then went under the 1m 34s barrier to extend his already commanding advantage.

Clearly on different strategies, Razgatlioglu consistently lapping around a second slower than Bautista, something that was far from the case during FP1.

With a third of the session remaining, Razgatlioglu began to up his pace as he jumped ahead of Rea for P4.

While it was sector two that started out as his strongest, sector four became the main area where Bautista was significantly quicker than his rivals.

Bautista was over two tenths quicker than anyone in what is the shortest timed sector on the Misano circuit.

Finding pace late on, Danilo Petrucci followed Razgatlioglu round the Italian circuit before moving ahead of the Yamaha rider on the leaderboard.

Struggling for pace throughout both practice sessions, Honda’s Iker Lecuona suffered a fall late on at turn 14.

2023 World Superbike Misano, Italy - Free Practice (2) Results
1Alvaro BautistaSPAAruba.It Racing Ducati1:33.825s
2Danilo PetrucciITABarni Spark Racing Team+0.451s
3Michael Ruben RinaldiITAAruba.It Racing Ducati+0.458s
4Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK+0.652s
5Toprak RazgatliogluTURPata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK+0.669s
6Garrett GerloffUSABonovo Action BMW+0.785s
7Axel BassaniITAMotocorsa Ducati+0.874s
8Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK+0.888s
9Scott ReddingGBRROKIT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team+1.001s
10Xavi ViergeSPATeam HRC WorldSBK+1.008s
11Tom SykesGBRROKIT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team+1.042s
12Philipp OettlGERGoEleven Ducati+1.097s
13Iker LecuonaSPATeam HRC WorldSBK+1.107s
14Andrea LocatelliITAPata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK+1.238s
15Loris BazFRABonovo Action BMW+1.309s
16Remy GardnerAUSGYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team+1.496s
17Dominique AegerterSWIGYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team+1.630s
18Bradley RayGBRMotoxracing Yamaha WorldSBK Team+1.698s
19Gabriele RuiuITABmax Racing BWM+1.722s
20Lorenzo BaldassarriITAGMT94 Yamaha+2.267s
21Hafizh SyahrinMALPETRONAS MIE Racing HONDA Racing+2.822s
22Tito RabatSPAPuccetti Kawasaki+2.958s
23Luca VitaliITAOrelac Racing Kawasaki+3.083s
24Isaac VinalesSPATPR by Vinales Racing+3.679s
25Ryo MizunoJAPPETRONAS MIE Racing HONDA Racing+3.688s

Misano World Superbike Records

Lap Record - Toprak Razgatlioglu TUR Pata Yamaha 1:33.722s (2022)

2022 Race Winners

Race 1 - Alvaro Bautista SPA Ducati 

Superpole Race - Toprak Razgatlioglu TUR Pata Yamaha

Race 2 - Alvaro Bautista SPA Ducati

Toprak Razgatlioglu tops Misano WorldSBK FP1

After battling both factory Ducati's for top spot through FP1, Razgatlioglu managed to overhaul Michael Ruben Rinaldi on his final flying lap with a time that was over two tenths clear of the Italian. 

2023 World Superbike Misano, Italy - Free Practice (1) Results
1Toprak RazgatliogluTURPata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK1:34.154s
2Michael Ruben RinaldiITAAruba.It Racing Ducati+0.242s
3Alvaro BautistaSPAAruba.It Racing Ducati+0.311s
4Dominique AegerterSWIGYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team+0.552s
5Andrea LocatelliITAPata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK+0.576s
6Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK+0.622s
7Garrett GerloffUSABonovo Action BMW+0.678s
8Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK+0.710s
9Xavi ViergeSPATeam HRC WorldSBK+0.765s
10Iker LecuonaSPATeam HRC WorldSBK+0.816s
11Scott ReddingGBRROKIT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team+0.983s
12Tom SykesGBRROKIT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team+0.983s
13Danilo PetrucciITABarni Spark Racing Team+1.041s
14Remy GardnerAUSGYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team+1.078s
15Axel BassaniITAMotocorsa Ducati+1.179s
16Loris BazFRABonovo Action BMW+1.206s
17Philipp OettlGERGoEleven Ducati+1.317s
18Lorenzo BaldassarriITAGMT94 Yamaha+1.881s
19Bradley RayGBRMotoxracing Yamaha WorldSBK Team+2.138s
20Gabriele RuiuITABmax Racing BWM+2.320s
21Tito RabatSPAPuccetti Kawasaki+2.331s
22Hafizh SyahrinMALPETRONAS MIE Racing HONDA Racing+2.430s
23Luca VitaliITAOrelac Racing Kawasaki+2.613s
24Ryo MizunoJAPPETRONAS MIE Racing HONDA Racing+5.149s
25Isaac VinalesSPATPR by Vinales RacingNo Time Set

Weekend schedule (UK Time)


09:30-10:15 - Free Practice 1

14:00-14:45 - Free Practice 2


08:00-08:30 - Free Practice 3

10:10-10:25 - Superpole 

13:00 - Race 1


08:00-08:15 - Warm-up

10:00 - Superpole Race

13:00 - Race 2