MotoGP, MISANO TEST - Oliveira dictates law, Pirro and Pol Espargarò on the chase

HALF-DAY TIMES - The Portuguese rider was first and only so far to break the 1'33" wall, Redding's the fastest in the Superbike in front of Rinaldi and Rea


The first half of the second day of testing in Misano is over and, despite the heat, the first interesting references were not long in coming. KTM was at the head of the group at 1 pm, like yesterday, but with a different rider, Miguel Oliveira. 1'32"9 was the Portuguese rider's time. The first and only one to break the '33 wall riding the Austrian Tech 3 team's bike.

Behind him was his mate as well as yesterday's starter, namely, Pol Espargarò, who collected two tenths (33”1) like Michele Pirro, with the only Ducati MotoGP on the track. Aleix Espargarò got closer than yesterday, closing the morning with a 1'33”4 as a best time, preceding a Brad Binder by a tenth and Iker Lecuona, who ended up falling at the end of the session at Turn 6.

Bradley Smith, whose fastest lap of the day so far was 1'34"2, was slower than yesterday, while Sylvain Guintoli's time trial with Suzuki remains to be discovered.

In the Superbike, Scott Redding dictated law in this first part of day 2 , stopping the time at 1'34”2, therefore, managing to get closer to the MotoGP bikes on the track. Three tenths from the English rider we find an interesting duo formed by Jonathan Rea and Michael Rinaldi ('34”5), the morning's surprise.

Still slow was Alex Lowes, with a 34"9 for best performance and a last rider under the '34 wall, given that his first tracker, Tati Mercado, stopped the clock at 1'35"1. Chaz Davies was apparently having a difficult time this morning, with more than a second from his teammate (35'3), while Camier (36'4) and Barrier (37'2) closed the standings.


Translated by Leila Myftija

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