Friday WorldSBK/SSP/300 spherical up from Assen

2023 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship

Spherical Three – Assen, Netherlands

Day One

The 2023 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship is effectively underway and again in motion on the Pirelli Ditch Spherical and the TT Circuit Assen within the Netherlands. It’s shaping as much as be a belting weekend and with a myriad of protagonists, there stays one rider to be crushed. Alvaro Bautista ( Racing – Ducati) was on high by almost 1 / 4 of a second going into Saturday, however don’t low cost his rivals simply but.

Like in FP1, it was Alvaro Bautista who topped the working within the afternoon and his tempo was fairly merely relentless. 22 laps with a number of within the low-to-mid 1’34s, the reigning World Champion was in high-quality type as he positioned Ducati on the highest step.

Alvaro Bautista – P1

It was a really optimistic first day. We labored this morning to search out one of the best feeling and within the afternoon we had been in a position to enhance. We devoted lots of time to selecting the best tires for the races, and gathering necessary knowledge. We undoubtedly have lots of confidence despite the fact that we all know that our rivals have at all times been very aggressive on this observe. We additionally don’t know what sort of climate we’ll discover tomorrow.”

Alvaro Bautista

First Kawasaki on the timesheets was Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Group WorldSBK), with the #22 attending to grips with the Assen observe like in a few years earlier with a entrance row final yr and his solely profession pole coming again in 2018.

Alex Lowes – P2

Alvaro’s tempo was very quick however I used to be fairly good. I felt good with the bike. I simply had one set of tyres on the bike within the first session after which one set of tyres within the afternoon session. Right here, it’s extra the entrance tyre that you just battle with, so I attempted to place lots of laps on the entrance tyre. We’ve got executed some arduous work previously two checks. The climate this weekend goes to be changeable so we must be able to react to that. I labored on race tempo and lengthy runs within the checks as a result of we had been scuffling with the entrance tyre after ten or 12 laps. The modifications we made within the checks I’ve used once more at the moment, and we’ve not gone again to the outdated settings. I’m utilizing the brand new driving place and I really feel fairly good. I’m having fun with it and I’m wanting ahead to the races.”

Alex Lowes

Group-mate Jonathan Rea was the final rider to enhance his total time and took third within the session and total. Though Rea’s technical crew modified some settings mid-session, they put them again to the start line by the tip of the day’s observe motion. Rea is simply in search of small enhancements in his set-up to take into the primary 18-lap race of the Assen weekend, which takes place on Saturday 22 April.

Jonathan Rea – P3

We got here right here with a brand new set-up that we discovered within the recents checks. We’ve got such an excellent observe report at Assen I believed certainly we’d begin with the bottom set-up from earlier than, however we had been quick within the checks, in order that they have introduced that precise bike set-up. We modified a spring and a flip of preload between the FP1 and FP2 session, however then we went again once more midway by the second session. The bike is working very well simply because it got here from the Barcelona take a look at. We additionally labored to know the entrance and rear tyres and now we’ve a good suggestion about our race tyre decisions. I believe every little thing is prepared, I simply have to optimise the true high-quality tuning – however we’re within the ballpark. I don’t assume we confirmed our full potential at the moment.”

Jonathan Rea

As soon as once more, the Impartial riders had been in mighty type and it was the GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Group who had been fourth and fifth and subsequently finest Yamahas. Double WorldSSP Champion Dominique Aegerter was fourth and set the second-highest quantity of laps all through the session, while it was team-mate Remy Gardner in fifth place, having been third within the morning session.

Dominique Aegerter – P4

It was undoubtedly an excellent begin to the weekend, and that’s necessary. We all know very effectively that we’re nonetheless in a studying course of and there are nonetheless lots of issues to get used to. At the moment we tried all of the tyres we’ve, and it’ll be robust to choose for tomorrow’s race and it’ll depend upon the circumstances. It is going to be an extended race, however our tempo shouldn’t be too dangerous. We’ll hold working very arduous to be prepared for Superpole and Race 1.”

Dominique Aegerter
Remy Gardner – P5

That was an excellent Friday, we managed to have tempo with used tyres. We’re acutely aware that there are nonetheless some areas to work on, and we’ll analyse every little thing with our guys to be prepared for the Superpole and the race. The tyre selection will probably be robust, however let’s see what tomorrow brings and what occurs.”

Remy Gardner

Neither Toprak Razgatlıoğlu or Andrea Locatelli accomplished a “time assault” through the day, specializing in what is required to carry out within the point-paying races alone – in addition to assessing one of the best tyre selection given the now dry forecast for tomorrow. Whereas positives may very well be drawn from lengthy runs on observe, the group is constant to work in a single day to search out changes to present Razgatlıoğlu and Locatelli one of the best feeling and confidence on their official Yamaha R1 WorldSBK machines to be within the battle when the lights exit for race one on Saturday afternoon.

They are going to have yet another alternative to guage the on-track efficiency of the package deal on Saturday morning with a 30-minute Free Apply 3 earlier than Superpole qualifying.

Andrea Locatelli – P8

It was tough, particularly in FP2 at the moment – however the feeling with the bike instantly this morning was good, we simply want to search out one thing a bit extra tomorrow throughout FP3 to be totally prepared for the race. We have to focus round a bit extra rear grip however round the remainder of the observe the sensation was good. It was not tremendous spectacular on the general instances at the moment, the circumstances weren’t simple – we are going to see what occurs tomorrow, I believe we will enhance loads and do one thing within the race!”

Andrea Locatelli
Toprak Razgatlıoğlu – P10

We begin once more after the lengthy break, however at the moment I’m not blissful as a result of we’ve not but discovered an excellent set-up for the race. However, we hold working and I hope we will discover a good setup – it’s important, we aren’t in search of only one quick lap. The climate appears to be like okay for tomorrow, we are going to see what we will do. My group is working arduous at all times, I hope we will discover a good setting to battle for the win.

Toprak Razgatlıoğlu
Paul Denning – Group Principal, Pata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK

While chilly, the standard finish of April climate lottery in Assen was just a little bit kinder to us at the moment than it was yesterday and we had been in a position to full each Free Apply classes in dry – albeit windy – circumstances. It has been an encouraging but additionally difficult day on each side of the storage, with each riders needing additional changes to make themselves really feel totally snug on this quick and flowing circuit. We’re not distant and the rhythm on used tyres is sort of optimistic so our potential is definitely a lot better than the ultimate positions on the timesheets. The Yamaha R1 WorldSBK has at all times labored fairly effectively at this circuit, we simply want to search out options to permit each Toprak and Loka to experience with extra movement and confidence – and I’m positive we will obtain that in a single day and in FP3 tomorrow.”

WorldSBK Friday Mixed Apply Occasions

Pos Rider Bike Time/Hole
1 A. Bautista Ducati Panigale V4R 1m34.316
2 A. Lowes Kawasaki ZX-10RR +0.231
3 J.  Rea Kawasaki ZX-10RR +0.257
4 D. Aegerter Yamaha YZF R1 +0.284
5 R. Gardner Yamaha YZF R1 +0.397
6 M. Van Der Mark BMW M1000 RR +0.595
7 A. Bassani Ducati Panigale V4R +0.632
8 A. Locatelli Yamaha YZF R1 +0.650
9 G. Gerloff BMW M1000 RR +0.708
10 T. Razgatlioglu Yamaha YZF R1 +0.787
11 D. Petrucci Ducati Panigale V4R +0.790
12 S. Redding BMW M1000 RR +0.825
13 I.  Lecuona Honda CBR1000 RR-R +0.837
14 X. Vierge Honda CBR1000 RR-R +0.957
15 P. Oettl Ducati Panigale V4R +0.963
16 M. Rinaldi Ducati Panigale V4R +1.201
17 B. Ray Yamaha YZF R1 +1.576
18 L.  Baz BMW M1000 RR +1.797
19 E. Granado Honda CBR1000 RR-R +1.807
20 L.  Baldassarri Yamaha YZF R1 +1.811
21 H. Syahrin Honda CBR1000 RR-R +1.991
22 T. Sykes Kawasaki ZX-10RR +2.231
23 G. Ruiu BMW M1000 RR +2.510
24 O. Konig Kawasaki ZX-10RR +2.523
25 I.  Vinales Kawasaki ZX-10RR +2.694

World Superbike Championship Factors

Pos Rider Factors
 1  Alvaro Bautista  112
 2  Toprak Razgatlioglu  75
 3  Andrea Locatelli  70
 4  Axel Bassani  51
 5  Michael Ruben Rinaldi  47
 6  Jonathan Rea  44
 7  Xavi Vierge  43
 8  Danilo Petrucci  36
 9  Iker Lecuona  33
 10  Dominique Aegerter  24
 11  Philipp Oettl  23
 12  Alex Lowes  22
 13  Remy Gardner  19
 14  Scott Redding  17
 15  Michael Van Der Mark  16
 16  Garrett Gerloff  15
 17  Loris Baz  6
 18  Lorenzo Baldassarri  3
 19  Hafizh Syahrin  2


The FIM Supersport World Championship burst again into motion on Friday on the iconic and historic TT Circuit Assen for the Pirelli Dutch Spherical and there was nothing to separate the highest two within the timesheets on the finish of Friday’s motion. Can Oncu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) led the way in which in each Free Apply 2 and the mixed classification, ending simply 0.005s away from Championship chief Nicolo Bulega ( Racing WorldSSP Group).

Can Oncu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing)

Oncu posted a finest time of 1’37.951s, coming within the closing levels of FP2, on his Kawasaki ZX-6R to complete on high of the timesheets as he completed forward of 5 Italian riders. In second was Bulega who posted s 1’37.596s to complete solely 0.005s behind Oncu. Bulega had initially gone quickest earlier than Oncu pipped the Championship chief. The pair had a niche of greater than half-a-second to third-placed Yari Montella (Barni Spark Racing Group) in third place, with the Italian racing for the primary time in WorldSSP since he sustained accidents in Australia. Montella’s finest time was a 1’38.172s.

Raffaele De Rosa (Orelac Racing VerdNatura) took fourth spot courtesy of his 1’38.225s set in FP2 as he, like all riders, go in the hunt for a powerful outcome firstly of the European a part of the season. He completed forward of Stefano Manzi (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) in fifth place, with Manzi’s day coming to a untimely finish after he crashed at Flip 10 in Free Apply 2. His finest time was a 1’38.316s, set within the opening session of the day, to complete forward of Federico Caricasulo (Althea Racing Group) in sixth place.

It was a tricky day on the workplace for the Aussie contingent.  A highside in FP1 stunted the progress of Oli Bayliss which places {the teenager} behind the eight-ball for the remainder of the weekend. Luke Energy made his debut and like countryman Tom Edwards will solely contest the European rounds of the championship, the duo nineteenth and twenty second respectively.

WorldSSP Friday Mixed Apply Occasions

Pos Rider Bike Time/Hole
1 C Oncu Kawasaki ZX-6R 1m37.591
2 N Bulega Ducati Panigale V2 +0.005
3 Y Montella Ducati Panigale V2 +0.581
4 R De Rosa Ducati Panigale V2 +0.634
5 S Manzi Yamaha YZF R6 +0.725
6 F Caricasulo Ducati Panigale V2 +0.749
7 J Navarro Yamaha YZF R6 +0.842
8 N Tuuli Triumph Road Triple RS 765 +0.854
9 A Huertas Kawasaki ZX-6R +0.929
10 G Van Straalen Yamaha YZF R6 +0.941
11 B Sofuoglu MV Agusta F3 800 RR +0.992
12 M. Schroetter MV Agusta F3 800 RR +0.996
13 V Debise Yamaha YZF R6 +1.039
14 T Sales space-Amos Kawasaki ZX-6R +1.113
15 A Wongthananon Yamaha YZF R6 +2.019
16 S Corsi Yamaha YZF R6 +2.071
17 M. Kofler Ducati Panigale V2 +2.345
18 J Mcphee Kawasaki ZX-6R +2.378
19 L Energy Kawasaki ZX-6R +2.412
20 A Mantovani Yamaha YZF R6 +2.464
21 N Spinelli Yamaha YZF R6 +2.492
22 T Edwards Yamaha YZF R6 +2.512
23 F Fuligni Ducati Panigale V2 +2.746
24 A Sarmoon Yamaha YZF R6 +2.810
25 H Truelove Triumph Road Triple RS 765 +2.818
26 T Mackenzie Honda CBR600RR +2.868
27 Y Okaya Kawasaki ZX-6R +3.680
28 A Norrodin Honda CBR600RR +3.682
29 O Bayliss Ducati Panigale V2 +4.059
30 A Diaz Yamaha YZF R6 +4.985
31 M Abe Yamaha YZF R6 +5.294

World Supersport Championship Factors

Pos Rider Factors
 1  Nicolo Bulega  77
 2  Stefano Manzi  59
 3  Can Oncu  54
 4  Federico Caricasulo  51
 5  Niki Tuuli  46
 6  Marcel Schroetter  46
 7  John Mcphee  31
 8  Jorge Navarro  29
 9  Nicholas Spinelli  27
 10  Valentin Debise  21
 11  Glenn Van Straalen  18
 12  Raffaele De Rosa  18
 13  Oliver Bayliss  18
 14  Bahattin Sofuoglu  18
 15  Tarran Mackenzie  15
 16  Anupab Sarmoon  14
 17  Adam Norrodin  9
 18  Harry Truelove  5
 19  Apiwath Wongthananon  4


Day one in every of 2023 for the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship concluded on the TT Circuit Assen for the Pirelli Dutch Spherical with little or no to separate the sphere after Friday’s two intense follow classes. Three tenths had been all that stored the highest six aside within the mixed classification as Italian rider Matteo Vannucci (AG Motorsport Italia Yamaha) topped the instances with a late lap in Free Apply 2 as he topped the instances in each FP2 in addition to the mixed classification.

Matteo Vannucci (AG Motorsport Italia Yamaha)

Vannucci posted a 1’45.529s on his last lap to maneuver into high spot for the day’s motion as he completed three tenths away from Jose Luis Perez Gonzalez (Accolade Smrz Racing BGR) in second with the Spanish rider additionally leaving it late to put up his finest time. It meant the pair leapfrogged Samuel Di Sora (ProDina Kawasaki Racing) and demoted the French rider to 3rd place after he soared to high spot with round seven minutes remaining within the session.

German rider Lennox Lehmann (Freudenberg KTM – Paligo Racing) took fourth spot because the lead KTM rider on Friday on his KTM RC 390 R machine, ending lower than a tenth forward of Dutch rookie Loris Veneman (MTM Kawasaki) in fifth. Humberto Maier (Yamaha MS Racing/AD78 Latin America Group) took sixth after loved a powerful Friday, ending lower than a tenth behind Perez Gonzalez in second.

There are not any Aussies within the WorldSSP300 class.

WorldSSP300 Friday Mixed Apply Occasions

Pos Rider Bike Time/Hole
1 M. Vannucci Yamaha YZF-R3 1m49.529
2 J Perez Gonzalez Kawasaki Ninja 400 +0.284
3 S Di Sora Kawasaki Ninja 400 +0.296
4 L Lehmann KTM RC 390 R +0.304
5 L Veneman Kawasaki Ninja 400 +0.318
6 H Maier Yamaha YZF-R3 +0.332
7 P Svoboda Kawasaki Ninja 400 +0.436
8 D Geiger KTM RC 390 R +0.446
9 M. Gennai Yamaha YZF-R3 +0.478
10 D Mogeda Kawasaki Ninja 400 +0.499
11 J Buis Kawasaki Ninja 400 +0.541
12 F Seabright Kawasaki Ninja 400 +0.899
13 A Zanca Kawasaki Ninja 400 +0.909
14 M. Gaggi Yamaha YZF-R3 +0.948
15 G Mastroluca Yamaha YZF-R3 +1.017
16 R Bijman Yamaha YZF-R3 +1.049
17 T Alberto Kawasaki Ninja 400 +1.148
18 M. Martella Kawasaki Ninja 400 +1.334
19 Ok Beekmans Yamaha YZF-R3 +1.345
20 S Doornenbal Kawasaki Ninja 400 +1.388
21 D Bergamini Yamaha YZF-R3 +1.472
22 C Rouge Yamaha YZF-R3 +1.516
23 T Molenaar Kawasaki Ninja 400 +1.571
24 E Valentim Yamaha YZF-R3 +1.663
25 Y Saiz Marquez Kawasaki Ninja 400 +1.712
26 Ok Sabatucci Kawasaki Ninja 400 +1.759
27 J Uriostegui Kawasaki Ninja 400 +1.988
28 J Osuna Saez Kawasaki Ninja 400 +1.991
29 J Garcia Kawasaki Ninja 400 +2.109
30 I Peristeras Yamaha YZF-R3 +2.411
31 R Tragni Yamaha YZF-R3 +2.541
32 S Zhou Kove 321RR +4.367

WorldSBK Assen Schedule

Time Class Occasion
1745 WorldSSP300 FP1
1830 WorldSBK FP1
1925 WorldSSP FP1
2215 WorldSSP300 FP2
2300  WorldSBK FP2
0000 (sat) WorldSSP FP2
2025 bLUcRU FP1
0100 bLUcRU Superpole
1700 WorldSBK FP3
1745 WorldSSP300 Superpole
1825 WorldSSP Superpole
1910 WorldSBK Superpole
2040 WorldSSP300 R1
2200 WorldSBK R1
2315 WorldSSP R1
1945 bLUcRU R1
0015 bLUcRU R2
1700 WorldSBK WUP
1725 WorldSSP WUP
1750 WorldSSP300 WUP
1900 WorldSBK SPR
2030 WorldSSP R2
2200 WorldSBK R2
2315 WorldSSP300 R2

2023 FIM Superbike World Championship Calendar

Date Circuit WSBK WSSP600 WSSP300
24-26 Feb Phillip Island X X
3-5 Mar Mandalika X X
21-23 Apr Assen X X X
5-7 Could Catalunya X X X
2-4 Jun Misano X X X
30 Jun-02 Jul Donington Park X X
14-16 Jul  Imola X X X
28-30 Jul Autodrom Most X X X
8-10 Sep Magny-Cours X X X
22-24 Sep Aragón X X X
29-Sep-01 Oct Algarve X X X
13-15 Oct San Juan Villicum X X