WSBK Superpole race and race 2


23.05.2021
This Sunday at the Motorland circuit of Aragon (Spain) will not be easily forgotten, also due to the unpredictable weather conditions.

A day full of emotions for the Aruba.it Ducati - Racing team, started with the disappointment for the Superpole Race and finished with the heroic victory of Scott Redding.

Michael Rinaldi plays all for all but his extreme choice does not bring the desired results.


Superpole Race

Both Redding and Rinaldi start the race with rain tires, but they have to face some difficulties from the first lap: the rain is not as heavy as in the morning, and the race gets complicated for both the riders.

Scott tries to push in the first 2 laps taking the lead, but soon he is no longer able to secure his position against his opponents, who chose the intermediate tires.
The Englishman fights until the end to finish in P8 and gaining, at any rate, 2 points.

Starting from the ninth position, Michael finds himself in the same situation and finishes in P12.


Race-2

It is tricky to guess the track condition. The rain has stopped falling but the tarmac is still wet and chances of a new storm are high.

Scott Redding gets on the grid with the intermediate tires, but at the very last moment right before the start, he decides - the only one to make this choice - to opt for the slicks tires, both on the front and on the rear. The English rider wins his bet: he regains seven positions in the first six laps, and then he takes the lead on lap 7, winning the race almost 10 seconds ahead of Rea (Kawasaki).

Michael Rinaldi tries to play the same card coming back to the pits at the end of the sighting lap to put on slick tires. The gap with the group - on intermediate tires - is however too wide to be bridged. The Italian rider finishes in 16th place.


Championship Standings after Round-1

P1 - J. Rea (Kawasaki) 57
P2 - A. Lowes (Kawasaki) 45
P3 - S. Redding (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati) 40
P4 - T. Razgatlioglu (Yamaha) 30
P5 - T. Sykes (BMW) 23
P10 - M. Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati) 9

Scott Redding, Michael Rinaldi, and the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team now move to Portugal for the second round of the 2021 season, which is taking place next weekend at the Estoril circuit.

Scott Redding (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #45)
"Yes, it's true, I took a big risk. In my career, however, the intermediate tires have betrayed me twice, both times when I was close to achieving a great result. For this reason, without hesitation, I asked my team to put on slicks tires. In the first few laps I tried not to make any mistake and then, obviously, it was not difficult to take the lead. For sure I would have preferred winning after having fought with the other guys, but it is still an important success, especially in light of what happened this weekend”.

Michael Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #21)
"In these circumstances, you have to know how to evaluate the situation and make the right choice. Today I made the wrong choice and, as a result, I had one of the worst races of my career. Last year I came away from Aragon with 3 podiums; this year with only 9 points. This means that we have to find the feeling that we have been missing. The motivation is not lacking and I will try, together with the team, to turn the page from the next race".


Gallery:



Race results

Pos.Nr.DriverBikeTime-gap to Leader
1 45 S. Redding Panigale V4 R
2 1 J. Rea ZX-10RR 9.856
3 22 A. Lowes ZX-10RR 10.434
4 66 T. Sykes M1000RR 12.094
5 60 M. van der Mark M1000RR 16.234
6 54 T. Razgatlioglu YZF R1 20.191
7 31 G. Gerloff YZF R1 20.427
8 94 J. Folger M1000RR 20.587
9 55 A. Locatelli YZF R1 25.026
10 44 L. Mahias ZX-10RR 28.855
11 19 A. Bautista CBR1000 RR-R 35.644
12 3 K. Nozane YZF R1 38.275
13 32 I. Vinales ZX-10RR 41.585
14 47 A. Bassani Panigale V4 R 44.922
15 23 C. Ponsson YZF R1 46.022
16 21 M. Rinaldi Panigale V4 R 1:08.072
17 50 E. Laverty M1000RR 1:13.998
18 36 L. Mercado CBR1000 RR-R 1:14.859
19 7 C. Davies Panigale V4 R 1
20 84 L. Cresson ZX-10RR 2
21 76 S. Cavalieri ZX-10RR 3
DNF 53 T. Rabat Panigale V4 R 4
DNF 91 L. Haslam CBR1000 RR-R 14

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