Race-1 of the Pirelli Navarra Round, the seventh stage of the 2021 WorldSBK season, ends with the extraordinary victory of Scott Redding and the tenth place of Michael Rinaldi who manages to be incisive only in the final laps.
Here are the Saturday high lights of Navarre.
P2 – In FP3 Scott Redding confirms the good sensations of Friday and in Superpole he easily closes in second place behind Rea (Kawasaki)
P13 – For Michael Rinaldi it is a very difficult qualification. The Italian rider tries to gain confidence in the first run with the X tire but in the two time attacks with the “Q” he fails to be incisive.
P1 – J. Rea (Kawasaki) 1’36.122
P2 – S. Redding (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) + 0.093
P3 – T. Sykes (BMW) + 0.424
P4 – A. Locatelli (Yamaha) + 0.458
P5 – C. Davies (Ducati) + 0.571
P13 – M. Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) +1.346
P1 – The race of Scott Redding is flawless as is his start, perhaps the best so far in the season, which allows him to take the lead already at the first corner. Rea’s (Kawasaki) response comes a little later but Redding gives the feeling of having a better pace. On the sixth lap the English driver returns to the command of the race that dominates up to the checkered flag.
P10 – Forced to start from thirteenth position, Michael Rinaldi pushes to the maximum and on the tenth lap, despite a not exciting pace, he finds himself in ninth position. After a battle with Gerlof (Yamaha) and Nozane (Yamaha) the rider of the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati team closes his race in tenth place.
P1 – S. Redding (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati)
P2 – J. Rea (Kawasaki)
P3 – T. Razgatlioglu (Yamaha)
P4 – A. Locatelli (Yamaha)
P5 – A. Lowes (Kawasaki)
P10 – M. Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati)
P1 – J. Rea (Kawasaki) 286
P2 – T. Razgatlioglu (Yamaha) 279
P3 – S. Redding (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) 241
P4 – A. Lowes (Kawasaki) 154
P5 – M. Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) 141
Scott Redding (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati # 45)
“I’m really happy because it wasn’t an easy race with these temperatures. But we managed to find the ideal conditions to run at our best. From the first laps I had confidence, the feeling was excellent, I felt at ease. The world championship? I just want to keep thinking race after race. I’m doing my best, the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati and Ducati team are doing my best. Let’s continue like this “.
Michael Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati # 21)
“It was a very complicated race in which I didn’t have the right feeling to be able to push. Unfortunately, since this morning we have encountered difficulties that we have not been able to solve. The only thing we can do is keep working confident that we will be able to find the right path to be competitive again ”.
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