WorldSBK Barcelona Testing Results [D1] | Alvaro Bautista, Ducati smash record

Alvaro Bautista signals his intentions for the 2022 WorldSBK season ahead as he sets a fierce lap record-breaking pace on day one of group test

Alvaro Bautista - Ducat Panigale V4 R

Alvaro Bautista has laid down his marker ahead of the 2022 WorldSBK Championship by setting a record-breaking pace during the latest pre-season test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

The first proper group test of the pre-season involving 19 of the 24 riders listed to compete this year, including all five factory backed manufacturer teams, it was Ducati that stole a march on day one in Spain.

A confidence boost for Bautista as he re-acquaints himself with the Ducati Panigale V4 R he vacated after a successful rookie season in 2019 for two middling years on the Honda.

Though he did suffer an off at Turn 10, Bautista went on to put go beneath the lap record with a 1m 40.842s effort on the sticky Pirelli SCX tyre, leaving him 0.4s clear of Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea in second place.

Fastest in the morning, Garrett Gerloff looked to be back to his best form on the GRT Yamaha with a fine third best overall, ahead of Michael Ruben Rinaldi - a winner in the wet in Barcelona last year - and reigning champion Toprak Razgatlioglu, who spent the day working on electronics.

Alex Lowes followed in sixth place, ahead of privateer Kawasaki stablemate Lucas Mahias on the Puccetti machine.

Xavi Vierge was the best of the Honda contingent in eighth place, just under a second off the top spot, while Andrea Locatelli and Eugene Laverty rounded out the top ten. 

The Irishman the quickest of four BMW riders on track, including Scott Redding who followed in 11th place from Iker Lecuona.

Elsewhere, Ilya Mikhalchik made his WorldSBK debut in place of the injured Michael van der Mark on the factory BMW, the Ukrainian 17th quickest, 1.5s off Redding. 

2022 WorldSBK Testing Results | Barcelona | 25 March [Friday] 

2022 WorldSBK Testing | Barcelona | 25 March [Friday] | 
PosRiderNat.WorldSBK TeamSuperbikeTiming
1Alvaro BautistaESPAruba Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 40.824
2Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 41.062
3Garrett GerloffUSAGRT Yamaha TeamYamaha R11m 41.229
4Michael Ruben RinaldiITAAruba Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 41.360
5Toprak RazgatliogluTURPata YamahaYamaha R11m 41.523
6Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 41.664
7Lucas MahiasFRAPuccetti RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 41.688
8Xavi ViergeESPTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 41.719
9Andrea LocatelliITAPata YamahaYamaha R11m 41.865
10Eugene LavertyIRLBonovo Action BMWBMW M 1000 RR1m 41.942
11Scott ReddingGBRBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M 1000 RR1m 42.013
12Iker LecuonaESPTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 42.125
13Philipp OettlGERTeam GoElevenDucati Panigale V4 R1m 42.176
14Kohta NozaneJPNGRT Yamaha TeamYamaha R11m 42.428
15Loris BazFRABonovo Action BMWBMW M 1000 RR1m 42.429
16Luca BernardiSMRBarni Spark RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 43.251
17Ilya MikhalchikUKRBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M 1000 RR1m 43.625
18Oliver KonigCZEOrelac VerdNaturaKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 44.226
19Loris CressonBELTPR Pedercini RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 45.263
20Leandro MercadoARGMIE Racing TeamHonda CBR1000RR-R-
21Hafizh SyahrinMALMIE Racing TeamHonda CBR1000RR-R-