Catalunya WorldSBK FP1 Results: Iker Lecuona fastest as Jonathan Rea and Alvaro Bautista renew battle

Iker Lecuona claimed a surprising top spot finish ahead of Michael Ruben Rinaldi during FP1 at the Catalunya WorldSBK round. 

Following their dramatic incident at Magny-Cours, Alvaro Bautista and Jonathan Rea found themselves together on-track with the six-time champion following Bautista.

In order to position himself behind the Ducati rider, Rea made an ambitious move on Scott Redding heading into turn five, with the BMW rider also keen to follow Bautista. 

After agreeing to a new deal with Ducati, Rinaldi was the early pacesetter as he led the way from Rea and Bautista.

Then began an exchange between Rea and Bautista as the Kawasaki rider attempted a move at turn ten, before running wide on corner exit which allowed Bautista to get the switchback. 

While the majority of the riders headed back into pit lane following their opening stint, Bautista was one of the only riders to keep going as moved ahead of Rea for second spot.

Home favourite Lecuona also showed impressive pace as he jumped ahead of reigning world champion Toprak Razgatlioglu for P4. 

2022 World Superbike Barcelona, Spain – Free Practice Results (1)
Pos Rider Nat Team Time
1 Iker Lecuona SPA Team HRC WorldSBK 1:41.396s
2 Michael Rinaldi ITA Aruba.It Racing Ducati +0.535s
3 Toprak Razgatlioglu TUR PATA Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK +0.595s
4 Alvaro Bautista SPA Aruba.It Racing Ducati +0.646s
5 Jonathan Rea GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK +0.717s
6 Andrea Locatelli ITA PATA Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK +0.747s
7 Alex Lowes GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK +0.962s
8 Garrett Gerloff USA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team +1.287s
9 Eugene Laverty IRL Bonovo Action BMW +1.292s
10 Xavi Vierge SPA Team HRC WorldSBK +1.348s
11 Scott Redding GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team +1.487s
12 Philipp Oettl GER GoEleven Ducati +1.622s
13 Loris Baz FRA Bonovo Action BMW +1.647s
14 Kohta Nozane JPN GRT Yamaha +2.077s
15 Axel Bassani ITA Motocorsa Ducati +2.079s
16 Oliver Konig CZE Orelac Racing Kawasaki +2.198s
17 Lucas Mahias FRA Puccetti Kawasaki +2.235s
18 Christophe Ponsson FRA Gil Motor Sport Yamaha +2.474s
19 Oscar Gutierrez SPA Pedercini Kawasaki +2.496s
20 Roberto Tamburini ITA Motoxracing Yamaha WorldSBK Team +3.008s
21 Leandro Mercado ARG MIE Honda Racing +3.034s
22 Luca Bernardi SM Barni Spark Ducati Team +3.262s
23 Michael Van Der Mark SPA BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team +3.529s
24 Hafizh Syahrin MAL MIE Honda Racing No Time Set

Lecuona’s FP1 session then got even better after moving to the top of the leaderboard by over half a second from Rinaldi.

Clearly in qualifying trim, Lecuona was also 1.6 seconds quicker than team-mate Xavi Vierge.

With the three title contenders and Rinaldi opting out of a time attack run, Lecuona held strong at the top of the timinigsheets, his first time topping a Superbike session.

Superbike Catalunya Records

Lap Record – Tom Sykes GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team 1:40.408s

2021 Race Winners

Race 1 – Scott Redding GBR Ducati 

Superpole Race – Jonathan Rea GBR Kawasaki Racing Team 

Race 2 – Michael Ruben Rinaldi ITA Ducati 

Michael Van Der Mark ran into early trouble as a mechanical issue on just his second flying lap meant an early return to pit lane and end of session for the Dutch rider.

In other BMW news, Loris Baz will officially be staying at Bonovo Action BMW, adding yet another name to the 2023 WorldSBK rider line-up.

2022 Superbike Catalunya Weekend Schedule


Free Practice 1 – 09:30-10:15

Free Practice 2 – 14:00-14:45


Free Practice 3 – 08:00-08:30

Superpole – 10:10-10:25

Race One 13:00


Warm-up – 08:00-08:15

Superpole Race – 10:00

Race Two – 13:00

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