Nothing to separate Rinaldi and Davies in the early running on day two at Aragon

Tuesday, 13 April 2021 11:22 GMT

The times got even closer than yesterday with less than a tenth separating Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Chaz Davies in the morning session on Tuesday

The action continued in the two-day test at MotorLand Aragon on Tuesday morning in slightly warmer conditions than yesterday as nine riders from the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship and ten WorldSBK machines took to the track as everyone up and down the paddock continues to refine their machines ahead of the upcoming campaign with just one afternoon of this test left.

Much like yesterday’s running, the top of the timesheets was dominated by Ducati machines with Italian Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Aruba.It Racing – Ducati) topping the times on Tuesday morning, posting a 1’49.563 to fend off Chaz Davies (Team GoEleven) by just half-a-tenth of a second, continuing on from yesterday’s theme of the times being incredibly close.

In third place was Garrett Gerloff (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team) as he was the lead Yamaha rider after trying a couple of shocks on his Yamaha YZF R1 with 2014 Moto2™ World Champion Tito Rabat (Barni Racing Team) slotting into fourth place and, once again, completing the most laps of everyone in the morning with 46 laps on his Ducati Panigale V4 R. Scott Redding (Aruba.It Racing – Ducati) finished the morning in fifth place after completing 37 laps in the four-hour morning session with the 2020 runner-up look to improve on the grip he gets from his Ducati Panigale V4 R throughout day two.

Six tenths behind the Brit was Andrea Locatelli (Pata Yamaha with BRIXX WorldSBK) with the reigning WorldSSP Champion continuing his progress ahead of his rookie WorldSBK campaign as the Italian looked to work on the balance of his machine throughout day two, although had a crash after he lost the front of his bike at the left-hander of Turn 15, but was okay following the incident. He was closely followed by Axel Bassani (Motocorsa Racing) as the youngest rider on the grid gears up for his rookie campaign, finishing seventh on Tuesday morning. Kohta Nozane (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team) continued his adjustment to life on the world stage by finishing half-a-second behind Locatelli, with Christophe Ponsson (Alstare Yamaha) rounding out the WorldSBK riders after Niccolo Canepa (Pata Yamaha with BRIXX WorldSBK) did not complete a lap in the morning.

Two riders from the FIM Supersport World Championship were also at MotorLand Aragon for the two-day test with GMT94 Yamaha duo Jules Cluzel and Federico Caricasulo on track. The pair could not be separated at all in the morning with both riders posting a best time of 1’54.406s as the teammates racked up 61 laps between them for the GMT94 outfit, although Caricasulo did have a crash just before the end of the morning session.

The unofficial times following the morning session at MotorLand Aragon:

1.) Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Aruba.It Racing – Ducati) 1’49.563s, 40 laps

2.) Chaz Davies (Team GoEleven) 1’49.610s, 25 laps

3.) Garrett Gerloff (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team) 1’50.277s, 27 laps

4.) Tito Rabat (Barni Racing Team) 1’50.518s, 46 laps

5.) Scott Redding (Aruba.It Racing – Ducati) 1’50.659s, 37 laps

6.) Andrea Locatelli (Pata Yamaha with BRIXX WorldSBK) 1’51.209s, 20 laps

7.) Axel Bassani (Motocorsa Racing) 1’51.367s, 36 laps

8.) Kohta Nozane (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team) 1’51.775s, 21 laps

9.) Christophe Ponsson (Alstare Yamaha) 1’52.269s, 37 laps

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