The sun has been shining at Misano since the early hours of the morning, and the Superbike teams have not wasted time in taking advantage of the perfect conditions. Shortly after nine o'clock (start time of the day), several SBK teams sent their riders out on track, starting with the factory Kawasaki team, eager to get back into action with Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes.
The Akashi manufacturer can certainly work in a clear direction after the contract renewals of both its riders in view of next (of the next few in the case of Rea) season, so as to get back into top shape in Jerez.
Not even the Ducati Aruba team has remained idle, and after the two riders’ brief exits yesterday (in the 5-6pm hour) they officially began testing today: the first race at Phillip Island gave conflicting feedback on the two sides of the box, with Redding already in shape and Davies still looking for complete confidence in the bike, which he is aiming to find during these days by the sea.
As mentioned recently, all the Ducati satellite teams are also present in Misano, starting with the Barni team, which welcomed Leon Camier back on the bike after his shoulder problem. It was a return also for Michael Rinaldi and the Go Eleven team, getting to grips with some new components to try during the day.
It was a ‘learning’ day instead for the two teams that will make their debut on a permanent basis in the championship this season, namely Motocorsa and Brixx, on the track with their V4s respectively for Tati Mercado and Sylvain Barrier. The morning’s action will continue until 13, and then resume at 14 until 18. Stay tuned for all updates.