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Misano WorldSBK test: Redding heads day one, Rea crashes

Aruba Ducati’s Scott Redding headed the opening day of WorldBK testing at Misano while five-time and reigning champion Jonathan Rea suffered a heavy crash at the fast Curvone.

Redding and teammate Chaz Davies were were prominent features near the top of the timesheets with the current BSB champion finishing on top with a 1’33.957, putting him just over 0.300s outside of the lap record.

Welshman Davies was just over a second back of his teammate, placing him fifth overall. Both riders had a brief shakedown test on Tuesday evening, putting them in a good position for today’s running.


Rea suffered an enormous accident at Turn 11, the left-hander of Curvone, but was unhurt but the same couldn’t be said for his Kawasaki ZX-10RR. The 33-year-old remounted and returned to the circuit for third come the end of the day whilst Championship-leading teammate Alex Lowes was also out on circuit, completing the day without major issues in fourth.

Independent riders were on track too, all of which were the remaining Ducati teams. Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Team Goeleven) was second overall with a lap time of 1’34.043, considerably faster than his Tissot Superpole time from 2019.

The Italian’s main objective was to work on good race pace in the intense heat, something he will need to become acclimatised to in time for Jerez at the end of July and start of August when racing returns.

Sixth overall was Motocorsa Racing Ducati’s Leandro ‘Tati’ Mercado. The Argentine ace was on track at Misano not long before this test but focussed on clutch solutions and suspension preferences this time.

Making a much-anticipated return to action in nearly five months was Leon Camier (Barni Racing Team), with the 33-year-old back out on track with his Ducati Panigale V4 R in seventh.

Sylvain Barrier (Brixx Performance) made a return to action in eighth, continuing to become accustomed to the Ducati Panigale V4R.

1 Scott Redding (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) 1’33.957
2 Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Team Goeleven) 1’34.043
3 Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) 1’34.381
4 Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) 1’34.745
5 Chaz Davies (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) 1’34.900
6 Leandro Mercado (Motocorsa Racing) 1’35.183

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