The Sunday of the Prosecco DOC Dutch Round ends with a double podium for the Aruba.it Racing team – Ducati thanks to the second place of Scott Redding in Race-2 and the same placement of Michael Ruben Rinaldi in the Superpole Race.
Michael Ruben’s departure Rinaldi (started from fourth position) is amazing and the Italian driver takes the lead already in the middle of the first lap. Rinaldi tries to push but on lap three he is unable to defend himself from Rea (Kawasaki). In the final phase of the race his pace no longer seems incisive and on the last lap he has to surrender to the attack of Razgatlioglu (Yamaha) and Locatelli (Yamaha) who are however penalized for having exceeded the limits of the track at the last variant. Scott Redding starts from third position but from the first laps he finds no feeling, especially with the front tire, finishing in fifth position.
P1 – J. Rea (Kawasaki)
P2 – M. Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati)
P3 – T. Razgatlioglu (Yamaha)
P4 – A. Locatelli (Yamaha)
P5 – S. Redding (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati)
WSBK | Netherlands 2021, Race-2: Rea triumphs, Razgatlıoğlu stretched by Gerloff
Redding he remained with the leading group from the beginning and his pace grew significantly from the middle of the race. After a good duel with Rinaldi for the third position, Scott starts to catch up on Locatelli which he manages to overcome with great determination with three laps to go to take the second podium of the weekend. Rinaldi’s departure is once again incisive and in the first 3 laps he tries to attack Locatelli to take the lead. From the fourth lap, however, the number 21 is unable to push effectively and is forced to settle for eighth position which still allows him to climb to fifth place in the world championship standings.
P1 – J. Rea (Kawasaki)
P2 – S. Redding (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati)
P3 – A. Locatelli (Yamaha)
P4 – C. Davies (Ducati)
P5 – A. Bautista (Honda)
P8 – M. Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati)
Superbike 2021: the rider standings after Round 5
After the Superpole Race, Michael Ruben Rinaldi completed a lap of honor on the Assen track aboard the Panigale V2 Bayliss 1st Championship 20th Anniversary, the special bike presented last Thursday 22 July to celebrate Troy Bayliss’ first world title in 2001. Michael during the press conference on Friday at the Paddock Show had the opportunity to exchange a few words with the Australian champion, recalling why he too competes with the number 21 (date on which he was born in December 1995).
Scott Redding: “I am happy to have closed the weekend with another podium. I had a hard time finding the feeling with the front tire but in Race 2 we managed to take that small step that allowed me to keep a better pace. At the beginning I tried not to force to save the front tire and for this I lost some ground compared to the head. The pace has improved a lot since the middle of the race but the gap with Rea was too wide to be able to fight for the victory“.
Michael Ruben Rinaldi: “Sincerely I can’t be satisfied with this weekend. Yesterday I gave 100% but I crashed while today I never had the feeling of being in ideal conditions. The result of the Superpole Race is clearly positive, but it came after the penalty of Razgatlioglu and Locatelli while in the afternoon, after a good start, since the tire started to drop I have not been more effective. It’s a bit frustrating: we have to work to find a solution that allows us to be more consistent“.