Mandalika, FP2: Bautista amazing, Lecuona worried / World Superbike Championship

World championship leader Álvaro Bautista finished the first day of practice for the 2022 World Superbike Championship with an excellent time as fastest. However, the second practice was overshadowed by the crash of Iker Lecuona (Honda).

The near-series World Championship meeting at the Mandalika Street Circuit will be a sweaty affair. At the beginning of the second practice of the Superbike World Championship, the thermometer was approaching the 40 degree mark, the asphalt was even 60 degrees Celsius!

As the 4.3 km circuit was renewed in October, the result of the 1.RP was of no significance as there was no rubber wear and therefore no grip on the track. Tire monopoly Pirelli therefore brought an extra set of tires to the race track to allow participants to complete more laps.

Yamaha star Toprak Razgatlioglu started the second practice with a time of 1:35.727 min, with which the 25-year-old rider was already 1.2 seconds faster than in the morning in the first flying lap. At last year’s premiere, the Turk set a Superpole lap record with a time of 1:32.877 minutes. The current world champion set the fastest lap also in the 1st race in 1:34.288 min.

The session was halted after just seven minutes after highside Hafizh Syahrin as his Honda stalled on track. With a slight limp, the MIE pilot managed to get out of the danger zone.

As soon as the session restarted, Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki) set a new fastest time of 1:35.654 minutes on tarmac, but the red flags had to be waved again: With 32 minutes remaining, Iker Lecuona flew off his powerful highside Honda and hit the tarmac first. The Spaniard, with the support of two marshals, was able to leave the scene of the accident, but was clearly in great pain. It is to be feared that Lecuona will miss the rest of the weekend.

As expected, the lap times in the second session got faster and faster at first. At half-time, Razgatlioglu topped the timesheets with a 1’34.088, 0.340 ahead of Álvaro Bautista (Ducati). In third place was Michael Rinaldi (Ducati) already by 1.3 seconds.

Two minutes before the end, Bautista was the first to conquer 1:34 min with a time of 1:33.626 min and at the same time set the final point in the second practice. The Ducati rider edged out Razgatlioglu in second place by almost 0.5 seconds, his team-mates Rinaldi (3rd) and Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki) by almost a second.

The best Honda rider was Xavi Vierge, who dropped 1.4 seconds to the best time of the day in eighth position. BMW started the eleventh race weekend cautiously. Scott Redding finished the first day of practice in the top ten with a loss of 1.6 seconds, with the other BMW drivers losing up to 3.5 seconds.

Philipp Öttl (Go Eleven Ducati) lost almost 2 seconds to the best time of the day in 13th.

World Superbike Championship result: Mandalika, FP2
Pos Driver Motorcycle time diff
1. Alvaro Bautista Ducati 1:33.626 min
2. Toprak Razgatlioglu Yamaha 1:34,088 + 0.462 sec
3. Michael Rinaldi Ducati 1:34,590 + 0.964
4. Jonathan Rea Kawasaki 1:34,595 + 0.969
5. Garrett Gerloff Yamaha 1:34,843 + 1,217
6. Xavi Fores Ducati 1:34,871 + 1,245
7. Andrea Locatelli Yamaha 1:34,941 + 1,315
8. xavi virgin Honda 1:35,022 + 1,396
9. Axel Bassani Ducati 1:35,139 + 1,513
10. Scott Redding BMW 1:35,213 + 1,587
11. Alex Lowes Kawasaki 1:35,265 + 1,639
12. Lucas Mahias Kawasaki 1:35,414 + 1.788
13. Philipp Oettl Ducati 1:35,610 + 1,984
14. Iker Lecuona Honda 1:35,766 + 2,140
15. Michael v. Mark BMW 1:36,331 + 2.705
16. Eugene Laverty BMW 1:36,948 + 3.322
17. About Nozan Yamaha 1:37,088 + 3,462
18. Loris Baz BMW 1:37,156 + 3,530
19. Leandro Mercado Honda 1:37,346 + 3,720
20. Kyle Smith Kawasaki 1:37,790 + 4.164
21. Hafizh Syahrin Honda 1:38,249 + 4.623
22. Oliver King Kawasaki 1:39.095 + 5,469

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