On Saturday in Navarra he speaks Italian: Andrea Locatelli makes a big voice in the third free practice session and closes in command, confirming the great growth and running as a contender for the top positions this weekend. The Yamaha rider signs a 1’37 “060 and two tenths ahead of Scott Redding, who started on the right foot on the Spanish track, and second ahead of Jonathan Rea.
The reigning world champion also chases in this round and moves to three and a half tenths from the top, but as always he will not be underestimated in Superpole, which will be staged this morning. Behind the Kawasaki rider is Toprak Razgatlioglu, who stops the clock just under four tenths of a second behind his teammate and leader of the session.
In any case, Yamaha remains at ease on the Navarra track by placing three riders in the top five. The fifth time belongs to Garrett Gerloff, first of the independent drivers in this session. Behind him we find Michael van der Mark, who in the saddle of the BMW signs the sixth time, while Alex Lowes is seventh with the other Kawasaki.
To find the second Ducati, we have to scroll through the times table up to the eighth time trial, where Michael Ruben Rinaldi is positioned. The Romagna driver pays almost nine tenths from Locatelli and seems to be struggling a lot with the Panigale in Navarra. The other two BMWs of Tom Sykes and Jonas Folger close the top 10, ninth and tenth respectively.
The Hondas are struggling, failing to get into the top ten: Leon Haslam is 11th while Alvaro Bautista is 13th. Saturday also uphill for Chaz Davies, who with the Ducati of the Go Eleven team does not go beyond the 14th time.