Alvaro Bautista was once again in imperious form as he dominated World Superbike FP3 at Misano. 

Making a strong start to FP3, Alex Lowes was the early leader from teammate Jonathan Rea, as a margin of three tenths split the factory Kawasaki pair.

Lowes soon saw him time beaten by Michael Ruben Rinaldi, as the Ducati rider continued his impressive form from day-one.

Garrett Gerloff was the first rider to come unstuck as he crashed with less than ten minutes of the session gone.

Back at the front, Bautista’s ominous day-one performance continued as he went quickest by nearly seven tenths. 

Rea and Kawasaki then took advantage of the cooler temperatures to go quickest, however, the six-time champion saw his time obliterated by Bautista once again.

A time of 1:33.466s put Bautista close to half a second clear of Rea, while Rinaldi was six tenths back from the reigning world champion.

Although it was a narrow improvement, Bautista beat his personal best time to extend his advantage to 0.516s over Rea with half the session remaining. 

Circulating with a Q tyre, Bautista continued pumping in fast times as he found yet more pace with a time of 1:33.352s.

Lorenzo Baldassarri was the second rider to suffer a crash after losing the front-end of his Yamaha R1 at turn six.

Rinaldi eventually cut Bautista’s lead to just over two tenths, however, the former MotoGP rider remained fastest. 

The Italian’s session ended with him running off circuit and through the gravel at turn 14.

2023 World Superbike Misano, Italy - Free Practice (3) Results
1Alvaro BautistaSPAAruba.It Racing Ducati1:33.825s
2Michael Ruben RinaldiITAAruba.It Racing Ducati+0.245s
3Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK+0.603s
4Remy GardnerAUSGYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team+0.717s
5Philipp OettlGERGoEleven Ducati+0.785s
6Axel BassaniITAMotocorsa Ducati+0.794s
7Danilo PetrucciITABarni Spark Racing Team+0.871s
8Andrea LocatelliITAPata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK+0.876s
9Toprak RazgatliogluTURPata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK+0.894s
10Iker LecuonaSPATeam HRC WorldSBK+0.903s
11Dominique AegerterSWIGYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team+1.017s
12Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK+1.106s
13Scott ReddingGBRROKIT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team+1.355s
14Xavi ViergeSPATeam HRC WorldSBK+1.417s
15Bradley RayGBRMotoxracing Yamaha WorldSBK Team+1.438s
16Loris BazFRABonovo Action BMW+1.838s
17Tom SykesGBRROKIT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team+2.192s
18Lorenzo BaldassarriITAGMT94 Yamaha+2.221s
19Hafizh SyahrinMALPETRONAS MIE Racing HONDA Racing+2.572s
20Luca VitaliITAOrelac Racing Kawasaki+2.766s
21Gabriele RuiuITABmax Racing BWM+2.820s
22Isaac VinalesSPATPR by Vinales Racing+3.150s
23Tito RabatSPAPuccetti Kawasaki+3.480s
24Garrett GerloffUSABonovo Action BMW+3.578s
25Ryo MizunoJAPPETRONAS MIE Racing HONDA Racing+3.883s

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

Like in FP2, Toprak Razgatlioglu spent the majority of FP3 focusing on race pace as he struggled to match the pace of those at the front. 

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