Redding sets the pace on the second and final day of WorldSBK track action at Misano as Champion Max Biaggi makes surprise appearance on track
MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship machines returned to the track for day two of a test at Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” with Scott Redding (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) topping the unofficial timesheets, following on from being fastest on day one. It was the latest chance for some teams and riders to prepare for racing to resume while 2010 and 2012 Champion Max Biaggi also made an appearance, riding an Aprilia RSV4-RR.
Redding’s time of a 1’33.067 put him at the top of the timesheets; going almost a second faster than his fastest time of day one and a time that was faster than Tom Sykes’ (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) qualifying lap record from 2018. His Ducati teammate, Chaz Davies, was fifth fastest for the day with a 1’34.054, almost a second behind teammate Redding.
Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) was second fastest on his Kawasaki ZX-10RR as he bounced back from yesterday’s crash to post a time of 1’33.206. Championship leader Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) was fourth fastest with Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Team GoEleven) finishing between the two Kawasaki teammates.
Leandro ‘Tati’ Mercado (Motocorsa Racing) was sixth after a day focussing on race simulations, including for Tissot Superpole Races. Following on from testing yesterday, where the team tested out clutch solutions and suspension preferences, other suspension details were tested on day two as well as new engine parts.
Sylvain Barrier (Brixx Performance) was testing at Misano for the first time onboard a Ducati Panigale V4 R, and the first time for Barrier since 2014. An incident at Turn 3, the right-hander of Variante del Parco, in the morning where Barrier had a low speed slide meant the team lost some running time, but the French rider was able to post the seventh quickest time. Leon Camier (Barni Racing Team) was also back on track following his return yesterday as he posted a 1’36.759.
Top six after the second day (all times UNOFFICIAL)
1) Scott Redding (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) 1’33.067
2) Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) 1’33.206
3) Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Team GoEleven) 1’33.560
4) Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) 1’33.694
5) Chaz Davies (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) 1’33.854
6) Leandro Mercado (Motocorsa Racing) 1’34.859
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