WorldSBK FP2: Bautista Continues Unrivaled Dominance, Kawasaki Makes Progress

April 21, 2023Ray Milton

Alvaro Bautista leads the field in FP2 again as the Spaniard has shown no signs of slowing down in 2023. The reigning champ was also fastest in FP1 with seemingly no one to challenge him. Second place championship standings sitter Toprak Razgatlioglu. Razgatlioglu comes back to WorldSBK fresh from MotoGP testing with Yamaha. Unfortunately, the day did not go his way and he had to settle for P10 in FP2. Pata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK are in need of some adjsutments if they are going to retain Razgatlioglu’s position in the championship point standings. Andrea Locatelli sits 5 points behind and ran 8th fastest in FP2 ahead of Razgatlioglu. The teammates will be looking to improve on these times as we head towards FP3.

Kawasaki rider Jonathan Rea was able to run 3rd fastest which is a good indication that the team is moving in the right direction after two underperformances in the early rounds this year. Rea currently sits 6th in the WorldSBK championship standings. Rea is the most successful rider at TT Circuit Assen having won 17 races there over his career. Teammate Alex Lowes ran second fastest which is great progress for Kawasaki. Lowes was 2 tenths off of Bautista’s fastest time and will be looking to make a push for the tope spot in FP3 and qualifying.

FP2 was briefly red flagged due to an unsuspected track visitor. You can check out the WorldSBK footage here.

Full FP2 results are below.

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