Intensive work at the Misano World Circuit for Scott Redding, Michael Rinaldi and the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati team.
First half-day of testing in 2021 for the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati team, who worked today at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.
After heavy fog prevented Scott Redding and Michael Rinaldi from taking to the track in the morning, weather conditions improved in the early afternoon, especially in terms of visibility, and the two riders climbed aboard their respective Ducati Panigale V4 R bikes for a fruitful session.
Both Redding and Rinaldi worked intensively with their crews, focusing on testing new software, suspension and clutch solutions.
The British rider completed 70 laps while the Italian, despite a crash without any particular consequences in the first part of the session, completed 52 laps.
The next stop for the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati team is set for 15 and 16 March, again at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, for another two days of private testing.
Scott Redding (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati #45)
“It was the first day with the race bike in the 2021 season and for that, I’m very happy. Unfortunately, we couldn’t work all day because of the fog and honestly, the conditions weren’t ideal in the afternoon. But it was very important for the team to be back working together again”.
Michael Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati #21)
“I’m very happy to have been able to ride even though the track conditions were quite tricky. We still had the opportunity to try new solutions. The result was positive even though it’s clear that it wasn’t possible to push to the limit. I can’t wait to get back to work with the team”.
More, from a press release issued by Barni Racing Team:
Tito Rabat makes his debut on the Ducati Panigale V4 R of the Barni Racing Team
Misano Adriatico (ITA), 4th February 2021. With the start of the 2021 Superbike World Championship season closer, for the Barni Racing Team and his new rider Tito Rabat the opportunity to be on track finally arrived. Together with the ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati team, the guys from Bergamo and the Spaniard tested today at the Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” for a one-day test.
Cold temperatures and fog in the morning slowed down the work schedule but soon before midday Tito leaved the garage of the team for the first time with his new Ducati Panigale V4 R. After rain that disrupted action at Jerez a couple of weeks ago the 2014 Moto2™ World Champion could get his first action with the Barni Racing Team completing up to 70 laps.
Getting familiar with new tyres and many other new components, at the end of the day Tito said He had good feeling on the new bike.
Marco Barnabò_ Team Principal Barni Racing Team
“The weather conditions, also this time, didn’t help us: we would have liked to make some changes on the bike to adapt it to Tito’s riding style, but given the cold temperatures and the short time we preferred to do as many laps as possible to let the rider get confident with the bike. We did quite long runs, with a constant pace and always improving, this is the aspect that makes me confident for the future. On the bike everything worked well and within the team there is a good atmosphere, so we go back home with positive feeling.”
Tito Rabat, #53
“My first impression with the new team and the new bike is quite positive. To be honest – despite weather conditions – today I enjoy a lot riding and trying few things on the saddle. I can discover a little bit how the Ducati Panigale V4 R works, where is my limit from the first day and where I can start to work. We’re quite happy as first day. I’m looking forward to the future and to the next test for keep improving, because I saw that we can be competitive.”