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WorldSBK Catalunya: Bautista takes charge in FP2

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Aruba.it Ducati’s Alvaro Bautista secured the WorldSBK FP2 standings at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Friday with a 1’42.018 lap. With times down on the morning efforts, the championship leader was consistent in his front-running pace in the warmer conditions as he bettered KRT’s Jonathan Rea and Pata Yamaha’s Andrea Locatelli by the smallest of margins - just 0.067s covering the top three.

Afternoon practice found Michael van der Mark back in the action after an engine issue on his BMW M1000RR sidelined him for the majority of the morning session.

Namesake Michael Rinaldi placing Ducati back in the driving seat as the opening laps registered with Bautista in hot pursuit as they both circulated on 1’42.3 pace.

Rea sat third on the Kawasaki, a tenth adrift of his title rival, as the hotter temperatures reduced the available grip while Motocorsa’s Axel Bassani vied for his place in the headlines from fourth.

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