WorldSBK: Rookie rider sets lap record pace during Day Two of the Jerez Test

Published on January 25, 2024
By Luke Newman

During the second day of World Superbike testing at Jerez it was once again the rookie, Nicolo Bulega, who took top spot and set a new lap record.

Ducati: Racing – Ducati locked out the Jerez WorldSBK Test, but it was with a different rider than people would expect. The reigning World Supersport Champion and WorldSBK rookie, Nicolo Bulega, has stunned fans as he claimed top spot two days in a row. As well as finishing top of the time sheets he also set a lap time that was four tenths under the existing lap record.

Fellow Racing – Ducati rider and WorldSBK Champion, Alvaro Bautista, fell down the order throughout the test as the Spaniard found himself all the way down in 16th place. The two-time WorldSBK Champion has a lot of work to do ahead of Round One.

Two other Ducati rookies impressed on the second day of testing at Jerez. Former MotoGP race winner, Andrea Iannone, finished fifth place today despite a crash in the opening sector of the lap in the afternoon. British rider, Sam Lowes, continues his adaptation from Moto2 to WorldSBK and put in the work today as he completed 91 laps.

Danilo Petrucci was the fourth Ducati in the top ten as he finished ninth. The Italian rider who once again trying a new seat, completed 73 laps. Meanwhile Michael Ruben Rinaldi racked up 89 laps on his sole day of testing and finished 15th.


Jonathan Rea finished Day Two in second place overall, only half a second behind Bulega. The six-time WorldSBK Champion was only a tenth away from his own lap record from 2019. However, it wasn’t enough to claim P1 for Yamaha as he continued working on his new bike. Andrea Locatelli put his factory Yamahas in the top ten as he finished the day in 10th and added 73 laps to Yamaha’s total for the day.

Remy Gardner continued to show that he has pace as he took eighth place, with Gardner re-confirming items tested on Day 1 with some back-to-back comparisons. Despite his testing duties Gardner was only a tenth behind fifth place on the time sheets. Philipp Oettl finished his first days of testing with Yamaha in 12th place. With another 58 laps recorded, the German was one of the most-improved riders during the test.


Scott Redding asserted his authority in the BMW camp at the end of Day Two as he claimed the title of top BMW, the British rider also completed 77 laps during the day. Toprak Razgatlioglu will have to settle with second best BMW as the Turkish rider was demoted to fourth place after completing 78 laps.

American rider, Garrett Gerloff, finished sixth place with a late lap to move up the order. The satellite BMW rider added 74 laps to BMW’s total lap count. Michael van der Mark was inside the top 15 but had to settle for 13th place on the final day of testing, but completed 76 laps in total.

The BMW test team were back out on track once again, Sylvain Guintoli and Bradley Smith completed 56 and 48 laps respectively, but Smith had a technical issue early on in the day.


Alex Lowes only completed 31 laps yesterday due to being unwell. However, today the British rider was one of the busiest riders on track. The 33-year-old spent today focusing on race pace and used tyre performance. After completing the full day Lowes had completed 82 laps.

Axel Bassani was outside the top ten once again today at Jerez. The Italian rider is still getting used to the Kawasaki. However, he was six tenths quicker today compared to yesterday, so he is making improvements. The sole satellite Kawasaki rider, Tito Rabat, was once again on a factory ZX-10RR and finished the day in 18th after completing 76 laps.


Both days of testing at Jerez have been disappointing for Team HRC. Both of their factory riders finished outside of the top fifteen. Xavi Vierge was the lead Honda rider and completed 73 laps. Whilst Iker Lecuona completed 49 laps and changed the bike a lot on Day 1 as it wasn’t working as expected, and completed the fewest number of laps out of the full-time WorldSBK riders at the test.

Full Results from Day Two of the Jerez Test:

2024 World Superbike Test Jerez, Spain – Day-two Results
PosRiderNatTeamMotorcycleLap Time
1Nicolo BulegaITAAruba.It Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R1m 37.809
2Jonathan ReaGBRPata Crescent RacingYamaha R1+0.536
3Scott ReddingGBRBonovo Action BMWBMW M 1000 RR+0.763
4Toprak RazgatliogluTURROKIT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK TeamBMW M 1000 RR+0.829
5Andrea IannoneITAGoEleven DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R+0.935
6Garrett GerloffUSABonovo Action BMWBMW M 1000 RR+1.023
7Sam LowesGBRMarc VDS DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R+1.043
8Remy GardnerAUSGYTR GRT YamahaYamaha R1+1.062
9Danilo PetrucciITABarni Spark Racing TeamDucati Panigale V4 R+1.098
10Andrea LocatelliITAPata Crescent RacingYamaha R1+1.134
11Alex LowesGBRKawasaki Racing Team WorldSBKKawasaki ZX-10RR+1.180
12Philipp OettlGERGMT 94 YamahaYamaha R1+1.230
13Michael van der MarkNEDBMW Motorrad WorldSBKBMW M 1000 RR+1.415
14Axel BassaniITAKawasaki Racing Team WorldSBKKawasaki ZX-10RR+1.604
15Michael Ruben RinaldiITAMotocorsa DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R+1.695
16Alvaro BautistaESPAruba.It Racing DucatiDucati Panigale V4 R+1.774
17Xavi ViergeESPTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R+2.106
18Tito RabatESPPuccetti KawasakiKawasaki ZX-10RR+2.291
19Iker LecuonaESPTeam HRCHonda CBR1000RR-R+2.428
20Sylvain GuintoliFRAROKIT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK TeamBMW M 1000 RR+3.057
21Bradley SmithGBRROKIT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK TeamBMW M 1000 RR+3.457
22Florian MarinoFRAKawasaki Racing Team WorldSBKKawasaki ZX-10RR+3.507

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