Aruba Ducati’s Scott Redding went under Tom Sykes’ existing pole record at the Misano WorldSBK test today, finishing two-tenths ahead of world champion Jonathan Rea.
Redding’s time of a 1’33.067 put him at the top of the timesheet and was almost a second faster than his fastest time of day one
Team-mate, Chaz Davies, was fifth fastest for the day with a 1’34.054, almost a second behind the reigning BSB king.
Rea was second fastest on his Kawasaki ZX-10RR as he bounced back from yesterday’s crash to post a time of 1’33.206. Championship leader Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) was fourth fastest with Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Team GoEleven) finishing between the two Kawasakis.
Tati’ Mercado (Motocorsa Racing) was sixth after a day focussing on race simulations, including for Tissot Superpole Races. Following on from testing yesterday, where the team tested out clutch solutions and suspension preferences, other suspension details were tested on day two as well as new engine parts.
Sylvain Barrier (Brixx Performance) was testing at Misano for the first time onboard a Ducati Panigale V4 R, and the first time for Barrier since 2014.
An incident at Turn 3, the right-hander of Variente del Parco, in the morning where Barrier had a low speed slide meant the team lost some running time, but the French rider was able to post the seventh quickest time. Leon Camier (Barni Racing Team) was also back on track following his return yesterday as he posted a 1’36.759.
1) Scott Redding (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) 1’33.067
2) Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) 1’33.206
3) Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Team GoEleven) 1’33.560
4) Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) 1’33.694
5) Chaz Davies (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) 1’33.854
6) Leandro Mercado (Motocorsa Racing) 1’34.859