Rinaldi is the fastest in Portugal

He she left yamaha (razgatlioglu) of Sherry with the best time of the tests, but in Portugal Ducati has been the one who has dominated. The pilots of him, Baptist in the morning and rinaldi in the afternoon, they marked the step in Portimão and finished in the top-3 with the Kawasaki of Jonathan Rhea sandwiched between them.

The Spaniard started as the fastest in the morning with 1:39.862, just over two tenths off the pole record (1:39.610). The morning session was interrupted by two red flags, caused by two accidents alex lowes (Kawasaki) Y Xavi Vierge (Sling). The Englishman crashed at turn 10, while the Spaniard crashed at turn 13. Fortunately, beyond the mechanical damage, both drivers were able to finish the session. Michael Ruben Rinaldi completed Ducati dominance in the first half of the day, just 0.020 behind the world champion, with Locatellithird. razgatlioglu Y rhea they completed the top-5.

The panorama changed in the afternoon and the attacks on the clock were lowering the times. First the Turkish rider from Yamaha took the lead until in the final moments the six-time champion left a 1:39.700 on lap 53 that seemed insurmountable. But the Ducatis, Rinaldi’s specifically, had not said the last word about him: 1: 39.639 in his penultimate attempt. The Italian’s time dropped Rea to second place (at 0.061), leaving Bautista third (0.068) and Razgatlioglu fourth (0.212).

Thus he valued Baptist First day of work in Portugal: “We were pretty consistent all day. We tried a few set-up items, especially on the front fork. The base we have is pretty good. So now we want to find something, maybe not big, because it’s not easy to find them. We have ideas for the set-up, especially to make the bike a bit more stable, because I’ve had some stability problems, especially in the corners, maybe because of my weight, which doesn’t allow me to push the bike too much, and maybe the bike it comes in a little light and I have a little more instability”.


In SSP there was also a day with Italian dominance, since with Nicolo Bulega (Aruba), Raffaele DeRosa (Orelac Racing VerdNatura) and Federico Caricasulo (Althea Racing), took the top three places. The Spanish Jorge Navarro, for his part, coming from Moto2worked with the 2022 champion motorcycle, the one of the Ten Kate Racing Yamahato fit his new frame and Pirelli tyres.


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