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SBK, Cursed rain! Morning of testing ruined at Misano

Rain complicates plans for teams and riders, Rea remains in the garage, only a few laps for Bautista and Davies, Melandri and Baz spend most time on track

SBK: Cursed rain! Morning of testing ruined at Misano


Rain had been forecast and it arrived right on time, ruining the first of two days of Superbike testing at Misano. No small problem for teams and riders, forced to reassess their plans. There was no point taking unnecessary risks on track, something that both Johnny Rea and Sandro Cortese realised, the pair remaining in their respective garages to watch the weather unfold.

There were some who completed a few laps, Alvaro Bautista and Chaz Davies for example, Leon Haslam also putting in five. Ryūichi Kiyonari on the Honda and Loris Baz on the Yamaha did a little more.

Despite the adverse weather conditions, the Frenchman was keen to spent time on the R1 at Misano. This was a first test for him with Yamaha of course, prior to his Jerez debut next week. Over in the GRT camp, Marco Melandri decided to take on the weather.

Among the many new elements brought to the track by the Italian team is the smaller tank, just as the Italian has been asking for. Will this be enough to give #33 his smile back? It's difficult to say for now, also because the weather situation doesn't exactly lend itself to providing accurate feedback.

Rain is forecast again for Thursday. For all those wanting to come to track and watch, tickets cost 5 euro. Testing will conclude at 6pm.


Translated by Heather Watson

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