SBK, FP1: Rea and the Kawasaki scare Bautista, Pirro 14th

The Cannibal closes the session ahead of van der Mark and the Spaniard, Lowes 4th, Davies 5th followed by Sykes and Melandri


Fire in the hole at Misano with the first practice session of the premier class. There was a long wait on the Riviera track, especially for Michele Pirro. However, the Ducati test rider, in action with team Barni's V4, inaugurated the weekend with a slip in the final stretch at Turn 13 that left a bitter taste in his mouth. An unscheduled misshap that conditioned the session for the rider from Puglia, forcing him to remain at a standstill for most of the round, so much so that he returned to the track only during the final minutes.

And yet, despite the many difficulties, Pirro managed to set a time trial of 1'37"311, more than a second from the top. Leaving the fall behind, it was an undetermined session for him, where he worked on balancing the bike, and trying to find confidence with the Showa package.

Instead, who doesn't need to discover much more about his ZX-10RR is Johnny Rea , He sawit fit to whip his competition into shape, thanks to a time of 1'36"029. In the final minutes of the session, the Cannibal launched the final attack that allowed him to look down at everyone from up above. Instead, Alvaro Bautista's Ducati was called to the chase. At the end of the round, he was 234 thousandths away from the top, so much so that he was even undermined in the final by Michael van der Mark's Yamaha.

However, the Spaniard confirmed that he immediately had the right confidence with the Riviera track and the same was also true for Chaz Davies. Unlike at Jerez, the Welshman was, in fact, sixth at half a second from the top (+0.515) and the proof is encouraging for him. Chaz  needed this, since his relationship with his bike is experiencing ups and downs.

Having previously mentioned Yamaha, in addition to the second time trial by van der Mark, Alex Lowes fourth time should be recorded, hungry for revenge after the round in Andalusia where he ended up falling three times. And what can be said about Marco Melandri, with a seventh time behind Tom Sykes' BMW. For this occasion, the S1000 RR finally sports a new engine, which can rely on horsepower increased by ten more than the previous version. This could help n.66 take flight.

Leon Haslam's Kawasaki is also in the top ten, along with Razgatliogliu's ZX-10 RR. As for the other Italians, Rinaldi was 11th, and two more positions back we find Samuele Cavalieri. Also in the back, Zanetti and Delbianco. The latter stumbled into two crashes.

Translated by Leila Myftija

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