News 15 Mar 2019

WorldSBK leader Bautista continues form on Friday in Thailand

Fastest in World Supersport at Chang International Circuit to Cluzel.

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Motul Superbike World Championship practice on Friday at Chang International Circuit in Thailand saw points-leader Alvaro Bautista atop the timesheets, continuing his dominance with Racing Ducati.

Bautista steadily improved throughout the session, dipping in and out the pits to refine the Panigale V4 R settings and remaining at the top with a 1m32.971s.

Seven-time Buriram race-winner Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) looked to work on his settings in FP2, remaining in second place and with a consistent pace, ahead of rookie Sandro Cortese (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK) in third.

Leading the Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team charge, Alex Lowes was fourth on the combined charts, with teammate Michael van der Mark in fifth position.

The Supersport World Championship category saw Jules Cluzel (GMT94 Yamaha) quickest with a 1m37.641s in his bid to start his weekend on the front foot. Behind him came Randy Krummenacher (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team) and Federico Caricasulo.

Detailed results