The regulation of World Superbike allows, according to its article 18.104.22.168, to update the regime of revolutions per minute (rpm) of the motors of the derivatives of the series, and for this reason it came out Baptist to the free of the round of Italy with 250 less rpm in its ducatiwhile Kawasaki sees theirs rise by the same amount.
If what the promoter is looking for is to match the mounts and prevent the streak of the Spaniard with the ducati have continuity, the result is unknown. At least if we take into account the free practice sessions at Imola, because he led a Panigale. Not that of the World Cup leader, but that of his partner, Rinaldi. In the morning shift razgatlioglu, rhea and Baptist they finished at the top of the classification in that order and in the same tenth (1:47.6)
In the afternoon none of the three improved those records and finished in positions six, seven and eight in a FP2 rough with three red flags due to falls from gerloffwho took his partner Baz ahead, Rhea and Rabat. But the other ‘black leg’ Ducati, Rinaldi’s, won the best time of the session and the combined one (1:47.128). The Italian arrives at the home round with his future up in the air, since ducati has not yet announced who Bautista’s partner will be next season. “Bulega could be an option, but we have other options on the table. No hurry. We want to see what the best compromise is for our team. I think we will make a decision at the end of July or beginning of August,” he said. Serafino Fotiteam manager of Arubain imola. In addition to the leader of SupersportAxel Bassani (Motocorsa Racing) and Danilo Petrucci (Barni Spark Racing Team) also revealed that they would like a factory seat.
Behind of rinaldi, lowes with the Kawasaki, gerloffwith the bmw, bassaniwith the Ducati del Motocrosa and Locatelli, with the Yamaha. Only the Honda de Vierge (15) and Lecuona (17) were missing so that all the factories of the derivatives of the series had a presence at the top of the table. With the arrival of the races in Imola (Saturday 2:00 p.m., Sunday 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., teleport and Eurosport), the question of whether the modification of the revs has equalized the grid or if Álvaro Bautista will continue with his dominance will be cleared up.