A beautiful sun lights up Donington Park, the iconic English circuit that hosts the fourth round of the 2021 WorldSBK season. On a track not particularly favorable to the Ducati Panigale V4R, Scott Redding and Michael Ruben Rinaldi work intensively with their teams, reporting tangible progress during the first day of free practice. The two riders of the Aruba.it Racing – Ducati team finished in fifth and seventh position respectively, waiting for tomorrow’s Race-1 which, according to the weather forecast, could be characterized by rain.
Michael Rinaldi closes with the fourth time despite a T4 in which he is unable to be competitive. Positive feelings for Scott Redding who uses the same tire throughout the session, concluding 23 laps with a convincing race pace.
P1 – J. Rea (Kawasaki) 1’27.841
P2 – T. Razgatlioglu (Yamaha) +0.264
P3 – T. Sykes (BMW) +0.361
P4 – M. Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) +0.719
P5 – G. Gerloff (Yamaha) +0.840
P6 – S. Redding (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) +0.973
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Scott Redding’s feeling grows significantly in the afternoon. The pace is constant even if the English driver fails to be particularly incisive on the single lap. His ideal timein fact, it is even three tenths less than the best time and this bodes well for tomorrow morning’s Superpole. Michael Rinaldi works with his team to overcome the difficulties encountered in the last sector during FP1 but lost something in T2. The feeling is still positive and the Italian driver also recorded the top speed of the first day (273.7).
P1 – G. Gerloff (Yamaha) 1’27.524
P2 – J. Rea (Kawasaki) +0.317
P3 – T. Razgatlioglu (Yamaha) +0.524
P4 – A. Lowes (Kawasaki) +0.607
P5 – S. Redding (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) +0.626
P6 – T. Sykes (BMW) +0.678
P7 – M. Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) +0.800
Scott Redding (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati # 45): “All in all it wasn’t a bad day but I wasn’t able to be incisive on the single lap. This is a somewhat particular track with many very different curves that certainly do not favor us. The feeling, however, is positive. In the afternoon things improved but we still have to find the best set up that allows me to ride at my best. The weather forecast? They don’t interest me much because we will all leave under the same conditions anyway“.
Michael Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati # 21): “Today was a pretty positive day even if we are a bit far from the top. This morning we did a lot of effort in the last sector and for this reason between FP1 and FP2 we concentrated on fixing the set up. In the afternoon, things went better but, as often happens, we lost something, especially in T2. We just need to be able to put all the pieces of this puzzle together and for that I am very confident“.