Ducatti team Go Eleven’s Michael Ruben Rinaldi set the pace in today’s two practice sessions for this weekend’s second Aragon WSBK round. He also topped up being the best overall, setting a time of 1m 49.840s which was achieved in the first session in the morning.
This came as Rinaldi defeated the reigning champion Jonathan Rea on the Kawasaki by only a thousandth of a second. Quite close! Rinaldi also continued to win the afternoon session with 1m 50.377s again three tenths of a second faster than Rea. Scott Redding(Aruba IT Ducatti Racing) and Alvaro Bautista(Honda WSBK) finished top three in the afternoon session.
The other Kawasaki ZX-10RR made it into the top three being driven by Alex Lowes with a 0.507s off the pace. This afternoon turned out to be better for BMW Motorrad as Tom Sykes and Eugene Laverty finished 9th and 10th respectively in the overall timesheet, although Laverty had a crash in the afternoon’s session after hitting the deck at turn 1.
Federico Caricasulo(GRT Yamaha Junior Team) and Maximilian Scheib(Orelac Racing) ranked 7th and 10th respectively as Chaz Davies(Aruba Ducatti) became another crash victim after losing control on turn two but managed to get back up and return his Ducatti Paningale V4R back to the pits, he ended up ranking 6th overall.
On the combined timesheet though it’s Loriz Baz who was the quickest on the Ten Kate Yamaha. Jonathan Rea and Rinaldi. Bautista, Redding and Davis complete the top six respectively, with Toprak Razgatlioglu and Michael van der Mark in 7th and 8th. Leon Haslam and Alex Lowes complete the top 10 in the overall standings. Marco Melandri was 12th on his return to WSBK, after briefly making an appearance inside the top 10. The Italian has replaced the injured Leon Camier at the Barni Racing Ducati team.