Magny-Cours WorldSBK FP2 Results | Michael Ruben Rinaldi bounces back to claim top spot

After Jonathan Rea topped the morning session Ducati bounced back in the afternoon as Michael Ruben Rinaldi secured top spot in Free Practice Two (FP2).

The WorldSBK riders had not been out on track for six weeks due to their summer break. However, the action is well and truly back underway with the opening day of the French round of the season being completed.

Ducati snatched back top spot from Kawasaki in the afternoon session. But it was not the Ducati that many people would have expected, as Michael Ruben Rinaldi stormed to top spot. This result comes after the Italian rider had been told he would not be racing for Racing - Ducati next season.

Garrett Gerloff continued his good form as he finished second place once again. The American rider seems to have his future secured with BMW but looks like the American could be on for a good weekend.

Toprak Razgatlioglu finished third place just like this morning, but this time he was closer to the top spot. The Turkish rider has a 74 point deficit to Alvaro Bautista, a gap he will want to close in this weekend.

However, Alvaro Bautista bounced back this afternoon as he moved up the order from sixth to fourth place on the time sheets. Despite the Spanish rider reportedly feeling under the weather this weekend he is still setting fast lap times.

Another BMW rider managed to enter the top five of this afternoons FP2 session as Scott Redding finished fifth. The British rider is yet to announced where he will be riding next season, but it seems his current BMW is working well around Magny-Cours.

The Kawasaki Racing Team boys finished sixth and seventh in FP2 with Alex Lowes overcoming his departing team-mate to finish sixth. Which of course means that Rea dropped from first place this morning to seventh place in the hotter temperatures this afternoon.

Two Yamaha riders managed to finish eighth and ninth place this afternoon. Factory Yamaha rider, Andrea Locatelli, finished in eighth place. Whereas GYTR GRT Yamaha rider, Remy Gardner, finished ninth place.

Danilo Petrucci, who looks like he will stay with Barni Ducati, managed to finish his opening day at Magny-Cours in tenth place.

2023 French WorldSBK | Magny-Cours | FP2 Results | Rd. 9 of 12]
1Michael Ruben RinaldiITAAruba DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 36.973
2Garrett GerloffUSABonovo RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 36.981
3Toprak RazgatliogluTURPata Crescent RacingYamaha R11m 37.114
4Alvaro BautistaESPAruba DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 37.174
5Scott ReddingGBRBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M 1000 RR1m 37.342
6Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 37.356
7Jonathan ReaGBRKawasaki Racing TeamKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 37.511
8Andrea LocatelliITAPata Crescent RacingYamaha R11m 37.543
9Remy GardnerAUSGYTR GRTYamaha R11m 37.562
10Danilo PetrucciITABarni Spark RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 37.638
11Loris BazFRABonovo RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 37.837
12Axel BassaniITAMotocorsa RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 37.980
13Philipp OettlGERGo ElevenDucati Panigale V4 R1m 38.297
14Michael van der MarkNEDBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M 1000 RR1m 38.366
15Iker LecuonaESPTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 38.394
16Dominique AegerterSUIGYTR GRTYamaha R11m 38.472
17Lorenzo BaldassarriITAGMT 94Yamaha R11m 39.056
18Lucas MahiasFRAPuccetti RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 39.108
19Bradley RayGBRMotoxracingYamaha R11m 39.368
20Xavi ViergeESPTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 39.625
21Hannes SoomerESTMIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 39.671
22Oliver KonigCZEOrelac RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 39.790
23Hafizh SyahrinMALMIE RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 40.105
24Isaac VinalesESPTPR by Vinales RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 40.295

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