WorldSBK Donington Park FP | Garrett Gerloff steals a march on Donington debut

Garrett Gerloff tops the timesheets on WorldSBK's return to Donington Park in Friday Free Practice from Jonathan Rea and Toprak Razgatlioglu

Garrett Gerloff - GRT Yamaha

Garrett Gerloff took no time getting back into the WorldSBK swing of things as he topped the Friday Free Practice timesheets at Donington Park just five days after making his MotoGP debut at Assen.

The American racer has been a man in demand recently following his guest outing in place of Franco Morbidelli on the Petronas SRT Yamaha for the Dutch TT, but back on the R1 he was right on form to snatch the top spot in the closing stages of FP2.

The 1m 27.524secs lap was enough to topple Jonathan Rea from the summit, the Kawasaki man having looked on course to end Friday in front having also led the way after FP1.

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However, the defending champion and series leader would settle for second, resisting man of the moment Toprak Razgatlioglu, the Turk coming into the day having had a new two-year deal with Yamaha in WorldSBK confirmed. 

He was lucky not to suffer more problems though when he got it all wrong under braking for Goddards, the R1 kicking up at the rear and forcing him off the circuit in recovery.

Alex Lowes followed up in fourth on the second of the Kawasaki ZX-10RRs, while fan favourite Scott Redding came away as the best placed Ducati rider in fifth place, just ahead of Michael Ruben Rinaldi in sixth.

Local boy Leon Haslam ended his day seventh best in a step forward for Honda, ahead of Lucas Mahias on the privateer Puccetti Kawasaki, top BMW rider Michael van der Mark and Andrea Locatelli on the factory Yamaha R1.

Elsewhere, Tom Sykes was third fastest in the morning but a crash - his second of the day - at Turn 6 early on FP2 saw him slide down the timesheets to 11th. Luke Mossey, in a wild-card outing for Pedercini Kawasaki, was 17th fastest and the shoulder-injured Chaz Davies was 12th best.

Kohta Nozane has been forced out of the remainder of the weekend as a consequence of the fracture in his finger, sustained in a crash during testing at Navarra.

2021 WorldSBK Donington Park | Friday FP1 - FP2 Results [Combined]

2021 WorldSBK Donington Park | Friday FP1 - FP2 Results [Combined] | Round 4 / 13
PosRiderNat.WorldSBK TeamSuperbikeTiming
1Garrett GerloffUSAGRT Yamaha WorldSBKYamaha YZF-R11m 27.524
2Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 27.853
3Toprak RazgatliogluTURPata Yamaha by BRIXXYamaha YZF-R11m 28.048
4Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 28.131
5Scott ReddingGBRAruba Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 28.150
6Michael Ruben RinaldiESPAruba Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 28.324
7Leon HaslamGBRTeam HRC HondaHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 28.395
8Lucas MahiasFRAKawasaki Puccetti RacingKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 28.462
9Michael van der MarkNEDBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M1000RR1m 28.549
10Andrea LocatelliITAPata Yamaha by BRIXXYamaha YZF-R11m 28.594
11Tom SykesGBRBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M1000RR1m 28.669
12Chaz DaviesGBRTeam GoElevenDucati Panigale V4 R1m 29.064
13Axel BassaniITAMotocorsa RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 29.359
14Tito RabatESPBarni Racing TeamDucati Panigale V4 R1m 29.414
15Alvaro BautistaESPTeam HRC HondaHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 29.568
16Isaac VinalesESPOrelac Racing VerdNatura KawasakI ZX-10RR1m 29.780
17Luke MosseyGBRTPR Team Pedercini RacingKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 29.975
19Eugene LavertyIRLRC Squadra CorseBMW M1000RR1m 30.088
19Jonas FolgerGERBonovo MGM ActionBMW M1000RR1m 30.218
20Christophe PonssonFRAAlstare YamahaYamaha YZF-R11m 30.253
21Loris CressonBELTPR Team Pedercini RacingKawasakI ZX-10RR1m 31.403
 Kohta NozaneJPNGRT Yamaha WorldSBKYamaha YZF-R1Withdrawn