Racing – Ducati Team’s Rinaldi Enchants Misano

Date posted on June 18, 2021
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#ITAWorldSBK Race 1 – A stunning triumph for Michael Ruben Rinaldi. The Italian rider takes his first victory with the Racing – Ducati team (second career win in WorldSBK) at the end of a race dominated from the first to the last lap. Scott Redding grits his teeth and closes in fourth place without being able to be incisive.

After the second place in FP3, Redding manages to get the front row at the end of the first qualifying session in which Pirelli provided riders with two “Q” tires.

Rinaldi seems to be able to take the pole position but a mistake in the second sector makes him lose two tenths of a second, forcing him to settle for the fourth place.

Michael Rinaldi’s start is simply spectacular. At the first corner he is already fighting with Rea (Kawasaki) for the first position and halfway through the first lap he takes the lead after having passed Razgatlioglu (Yamaha), too. Rea tries to stay glued but Rinaldi’s race pace is much better and forces the Kawasaki rider to make a mistake. In the last laps Rinaldi manages the race without any pressure and then he takes his time to celebrate: first with  the 5000 fans on the stands, then at the parc ferme with his team.

Despite a good start and a fight with Rea and Razgatlioglu for the second position in the first two laps, Scott Redding’s race pace doesn’t allow him to stick to the podium group

#ITAWorldSBK Superpole Race and Race 2 – After having dominated Race-1, Michael Rinaldi tries to complete the perfect weekend conquering the Superpole Race and then fighting for the hat-trick until the last lap in Race-2.

Scott Redding is not at his ease at the World Misano Circuit Marco Simoncelli but he is still good at limiting damages, finishing twice close to the podium.

  • Rinaldi’s move to overtake Razgatlioglu (Yamaha) on the fifth lap of the Superpole Race will be remembered for long time. After a superb start and a remarkable  first lap, the Italian rider starts to push hard claiming the victory in the Superpole Race.

Redding tries to fight for the podium and in the last laps he seems to be able to catch Rea (Kawasaki), but he finishes fourth.

Starting from the pole position, in the first two laps Michael Rinaldi engages in a spectacular duel with Rea and Razgatlioglu in Race 2. The Italian rider remains in the lead until mid-race before Toprak’s attack. In the last 3 laps, Rinaldi tries to push for the win but he doesn’t find the ideal conditions; he ends the race with a precious second place.

Redding remains glued to the podium group until the middle of the race, giving the sensation to be able to attack Rea for the third place. The feeling with the front-end, however, is not the best and the British rider finishes fourth.

Michael Rinaldi ( Racing – Ducati #21)
“I’m very happy with this weekend: we just missed the icing on the cake. But I must admit that in Race 2 Toprak and the Yamaha were better than us and that’s why I want to congratulate them. I gave my best trying to chase the victory but in the last laps, I took a high risk and then  I decided to bring home this very important second place. It’s a very important step forward”.

Scott Redding ( Racing – Ducati #45)
“It was a very difficult weekend for me. Today we were able to improve a little bit the feeling with the bike compared to yesterday but it was not enough to be able to reach the podium. Honestly, in the first laps of the Superpole Race, I thought I could fight with Jonny (Rea) in an incisive way, while in Race-2 I felt I had no grip with the front tire. The season, however, is still long and I hope to be much more competitive in Donington”.  

credit: Ducati

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