Riders mirror on opening spherical of 2023 WorldSBK Championship

2023 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship

Spherical One – Phillip Island

Alvaro Bautista – P1

“It’s a dream weekend. Undoubtedly one of the simplest ways to begin the season additionally as a result of we have now proven that we had been very quick in all circumstances, each within the rain and with completely different temperatures. I’m very completely happy and I wish to thank my workforce, who put me able to have the ability to get these outcomes.”

Alvaro Bautista – Picture by RBMotoLens
Andrea Locatelli – P2

“It was an attention-grabbing race day for us! In Race 2 we had been nearer to the entrance within the first half, particularly the primary 5 laps – however we all know it was a bit tough to attempt to comply with the Ducati at this monitor. We had been aggressive to even be on the rostrum this morning, however I couldn’t make the passes wanted to even be there within the Superpole Race. To complete the weekend with one podium within the lengthy race, I’m actually completely happy – particularly in Phillip Island, it’s one thing particular. I’m actually happy with my workforce as a result of we’re working properly throughout the take a look at and in addition within the race weekend. Sadly we crashed throughout FP2, and possibly we misplaced slightly bit the sensation particularly within the entrance however I believe it’s most likely probably the greatest weekends in my WorldSBK profession thus far. Subsequent week we have now a brand new alternative so we’re wanting ahead to Mandalika and to see what occurs there. Thanks to Yamaha and my workforce for giving me an excellent bike and such good assist.”

Andrea Locatelli – Picture by RBMotoLens
Jonathan Rea – P3

“It was a tough weekend and a little bit of a blended bag. Now we have bought to take some positives as a result of we have now been quick in sure areas however constantly not ok. We actually struggled with set-up and a few components on the market. Within the Superpole race I used to be not quick sufficient, however I used to be quicker than the group I used to be in. Dominique Aegerter got here in at T4 and virtually took me to the gravel. So I needed to rebuild my race. It’s exhausting to place all of it collectively to grasp the place we fell brief. Nevertheless it was clear in the present day within the lengthy second race that we didn’t nail the set-up. We had been miles off on the finish of the race, even after taking care of my tyres, utilizing brief strains, doing the whole lot in my expertise to handle the race and we had been nonetheless nowhere. We dropped off a cliff on the finish and it’s is admittedly irritating. We have to have a little bit of a glance within the mirror and attempt to perceive why we struggled a lot. I don’t count on this to be our benchmark for the remainder of the season. We are able to do significantly better, however the bike set-up wasn’t working in the present day, not like regular. So hopefully we will simply perceive why, put that apart, and begin once more from zero at Mandalika for the subsequent spherical.”

Jonathan Rea – Picture by RBMotoLens
Michael Rinaldi – P4

“It was a really optimistic Sunday. After yesterday’s tough race, it was essential to remain centered and present that the extent we reached throughout testing was the one we will keep at this season. I had lots of enjoyable within the Superpole Race and in Race-2 I saved a really aggressive tempo. In comparison with final yr we have now made a giant step ahead. Now we have now to work to repair these particulars that can enable us to get nearer to Alvaro.”

Michael Rinaldi
Toprak Razgatlıoğlu – P6

“Usually we make good begins however the Race 2 begin was unhealthy. The large downside for the second race was that we should use the tougher tyre. Within the brief race we use SC0 tyre, and with SC0 tyre my bike is nice! Actually good feeling, and within the brief race possibly yet one more lap and I’m simply passing Rinaldi for P2 as a result of he was beginning to have a giant drop in grip. Second race, we used the exhausting tyre however the feeling is totally completely different, and particularly within the first laps I struggled with the grip and my bike not turning. I simply attempt to maintain the rear tyre in good situation, I comply with Johnny and check out for finest place in high 5 however I crash with Alex – not his fault, I used to be at his facet – he’s unfortunate and crashing and his bike hit me, so I’m extra unfortunate! Possibly I may have completed the race sixth, possibly fourth – I don’t know however anyway we lose some factors. Right now, Loka did a great job and I’m completely happy for him and his workforce. That is simply the primary race, I’ll attempt to do my finest in Indonesia as a result of once more I wish to win.”

Toprak Razgatlıoğlu – Picture by RBMotoLens
Iker Lecuona – P7

“I’m very pleased with in the present day’s race and I wish to first say because of the workforce as a result of they did an excellent job engaged on the bike setup all through the practices after the two-day take a look at the place we struggled quite a bit. We had been in a position to examine all the information and enhance the bike to the purpose that we may battle for P4 for the complete race alongside many sturdy riders, and in dry circumstances. I’m glad with the way in which I used to be in a position to battle and with the P6 end. And what a battle it was. I virtually crashed twice whereas preventing with Axel however it was a very good battle, all the way in which to the top, one thing that final yr I used to be actually struggling to do. A great begin to the season then, additionally contemplating our end result yesterday in moist circumstances. Total, we’ve very completely happy, not simply with the race outcomes however with the work we’ve been in a position to do. I hope there’s extra to come back.”

Iker Lecuona
Danilo Petrucci – P9

“Not a simple Sunday. This morning it was very windy and I misplaced confidence with the entrance. Within the Superbike race, I paid the results of getting no expertise of the dash format. I used to be pushed round off the road and made a horrible first lap. While you solely have ten laps, you’ll be able to’t get away with that, so I want to enhance there. In race 2, I didn’t have the tempo to stay with the entrance 5, however round mid-race I bought nearer and felt extra assured. Then Aegerter handed me and I couldn’t comply with him as a result of I’m not completely sorted with the setup but and was dropping just a few tenths via the quick turns. The goal is to be additional ahead. We’re nonetheless lacking one thing however we’re not far off. We’ve labored properly and I will be happy with the progress made with the workforce.”

Danilo Petrucci
Xavi Vierge – P10

“We’ve lastly scored some factors on the finish of what has been a really powerful weekend right here in Australia. We’ve realized quite a bit and have recognized just a few areas on which to focus and attempt to enhance forward of the Mandalika spherical. As for in the present day’s second race, we did our greatest from begin to end. It’s a pity about what occurred with the penalty, as I used to be simply within the processing of passing Van der Mark when the crash occurred forward of me, so there was nothing I may do. I saved pushing and closed tenth, however it’s disappointing to then discover you’re truly eleventh. It’s what it’s anyway, and we’ll proceed to offer it our all. An enormous thanks to the workforce for all their exhausting work right here.”

Xavi Vierge
Dominique Aegerter – P11

“It was an emotional weekend, beginning, in fact, with the wonderful Superpole session the place I certified on the entrance row. Right now we had dry circumstances and had been assured we had a great tempo; sadly, within the Superpole Race, I used to be taken out whereas preventing for a high place. That’s racing; these items occur, and we transfer on. It wasn’t simple to begin from tenth within the final race, however we nonetheless managed to make a great restoration. We realized quite a bit, and the workforce labored properly this weekend. We’re prepared for Indonesia, the place we hope to be quick as soon as once more.”

Dominique Aegerter
Scott Redding – P12

“It has been a tough weekend. Mickey bought off to a great begin in race two, he had a transparent lap. I used to be boxed in within the first two corners and type of missed the run with them guys. Then it was nearly getting within the rhythm and I ended up with the opposite two BMWs. It was only a battle between us. I used to be making an attempt to push however in the long run I couldn’t get away so I simply sat with them and raced, making an attempt to possibly see what’s completely different or what the bike is doing. Then in the long run I made a move on the 2 guys to complete thirteenth. Now we have lots of work to do as a result of we’re struggling quite a bit. Mandalika possibly is completely different. Now we have to see. The monitor could make a giant distinction.”

Scott Redding
Remy Gardner – P13

“To begin with, I want to apologise to Domi for the Tissot Superpole Race crash. I’m actually sorry, we each may have made a great end result. Anyway, we have now bought to be pleased with our tempo; and we had been preventing for the rostrum positions, which was past our expectations earlier than this weekend. Ranging from thus far again on the grid in Race 2 didn’t assist, however that’s a lesson for the long run. Now we flip our focus to Indonesia, the place we’ll attempt to replicate the tempo and potential we confirmed this weekend.”

Remy Gardner
Garrett Gerloff – P14

“Total, we had some good moments for positive, however to place it in a single phrase, most likely ‘humbling’ is the phrase of the weekend. Right now it was dry at the very least, so we had some extra constant climate. I used to be fighting the wind a bit. Within the Superpole race I wasn’t in a position to make as a lot floor as I hoped. The bike has a lot energy and it’s superior on the straight. I imply, the highest velocity we’re in a position to hit is unbelievable. I simply type of must handle the ability slightly bit higher, I believe and work on turning slightly bit. I really feel just like the bike has a lot potential, we actually must get our heads collectively and work out what we have to do to make higher round. I used to be completely happy to be with the opposite BMWs in our personal little battle. That was good, however we have now some work to do.”

Garrett Gerloff
Alex Lowes – P15

“Within the Superpole race it was good. It was the primary time I had achieved greater than two laps on an SC0 rear tyre and I used to be pleasantly shocked as a result of it felt good. Andrea Locatelli managed to move me a few instances and I managed to chop again previous him, however I simply type of misplaced half a second to Razgatlioglu. I didn’t really feel my tempo was too far off difficult for a podium. I felt like I rode the bike rather well. Within the afternoon lengthy race the bike felt fairly a bit completely different, and I had a slight downside at first. I used to be about twelfth, however I got here via fairly properly. I bought into fourth, battling with Johnny, however we misplaced slightly little bit of time due to that and we dropped again into the group. It was like we had been actually struggling for grip. Then, at Flip Three, there was a little bit of a concertina impact as a result of Bassani made a mistake, then Johnny needed to transfer over for Bassani. I used to be on a little bit of a special line and Toprak bought sucked in as properly. I used to be braking to not hit Johnny into Flip 4, as he needed to change his line. After we crashed Toprak’s bike hit me moderately exhausting. My airbag went off after which his bike clattered into me. It was bizarre to crash in that type of nook. I felt good till then, and I undoubtedly had much more grip than Jonathan. I had hoped to have the ability to battle for that fifth place.”

Alex Lowes
Michael van der Mark – P16

“This morning’s Superpole race was good. I bought slightly bit twisted up on the primary lap and misplaced some positions which was a disgrace as I misplaced a while, however then I used to be feeling okay. P10 was not fairly the place I wished to be however I used to be fairly pleased with the sensation of the bike. In race two, I had a great begin and I used to be feeling fairly snug on the primary laps. I struggled a bit within the final two sectors of the circuit however I attempted to remain calm, and for a very long time I used to be simply behind a pleasant group. We had been catching the massive group forward of us however sadly I then had a large drop within the tyre. It was a disgrace however we be taught. I believe it was actually necessary for us to be with the opposite guys for the primary a part of the race. Now the tempo is there we simply must discover a technique to handle the tyres higher, however Phillip Island is at all times tough for tyre administration. Now I’m wanting ahead to Mandalika. We’re nonetheless not the place we wish to be however I’ve a fairly good feeling from Phillip Island’s race two.”

Locatelli and Michael van der Mark
Loris Baz – P17

“Right now was a greater day than yesterday, initially as a result of we discovered the rationale for our struggles on Saturday. I had an okay heat up, the Superpole race was type of enjoyable. I had a great begin, however I made a giant mistake in flip 4, I went straight and regrouped final. I managed to come back again although and I used to be feeling good. I used to be in a position to push the bike quite a bit inside what we have now, so it was fairly good coming again as much as P13. At this monitor, I knew that I needed to save the tyre initially, so my plan was to have a great begin after which to not destroy the tyre within the first laps and that’s precisely what I did. I didn’t have an ideal feeling with the entrance and the stability of the bike normally from the start. With about 10 laps to the top, the battle with Scott and Garrett began, which was humorous. Though preventing for 13 just isn’t what the three of us want for. All 4 BMWs have had the identical tempo kind of. It’s only a bit unhappy to be thus far again, however there’s no one in charge throughout the workforce. I believe all of us do extra work than anybody in paddock, so we return to work. Hopefully Indonesia can be a bit higher. Now we have to make a step there.”

Hafizh Syahrin – P18

“It has been a demanding weekend however, having mentioned that, we had been in a position to end within the factors right here which is one thing we’re pleased with. Right now we had two dry races which allowed us to grasp extra about our bike. We have to enhance the traction, as a result of we struggled with some spinning via all three races. Different riders had been additionally spinning out of the corners, however they had been in a position to cowl extra floor with extra traction to push the bike and transfer ahead. My feeling with the entrance is now higher, however we nonetheless want to enhance on the rear. We are going to attempt one thing completely different with the geometry of the bike for Mandalika.”

Eric Granado

“I’ve realized quite a bit as a rider this weekend, not least as a result of we’ve ridden in all potential circumstances, from heavy rain to wind and in addition blended circumstances. I made a great step within the dry, particularly in qualifying once I improved my feeling with the bike however I’m not but used to this sort of tempo and so I must work on sustaining my rhythm over race distance. In in the present day’s race I used to be there with the group within the opening laps however the bike was transferring round quite a bit and I needed to swap the mapping so as to have the ability to end the race with out destroying the tyre. This additionally meant I needed to gradual slightly within the remaining phases and lose contact with the group. Nevertheless it’s all a studying expertise and I’m positive that, race by race, we’ll get to the place we wish to be.”

World Superbike Championship Factors

Pos Rider Factors
 1  Alvaro Bautista  62
 2  Andrea Locatelli  34
 3  Jonathan Rea  31
 4  Michael Ruben Rinaldi  31
 5  Axel Bassani  25
 6  Toprak Razgatlioglu  23
 7  Iker Lecuona  22
 8  Philipp Oettl  20
 9  Danilo Petrucci  15
 10  Xavi Vierge  14
 11  Dominique Aegerter  12
 12  Scott Redding  10
 13  Remy Gardner  10
 14  Garrett Gerloff  8
 15  Alex Lowes  6
 16  Michael Van Der Mark  4
 17  Loris Baz  1
 18  Hafizh Syahrin  1