D-Day is getting closer and closer, so MotoGP and Superbike decided to rev up their engines at Misano in this three-day test. Just like yesterday, once again today the best time in the production-based racing category was recorded by Scott Redding on the Panigale V4 R of the Ducati Aruba team.
"These were three very positive days,” said Scott at the end of the day, “as it was important to regain the feeling with the bike. We have worked a lot especially with used tyres and we have tried new solutions that have given positive feedback. I've been working out a lot these months with the goal of losing weight.”
Redding posted a time of 1m33.067s, just 135 thousandths away from the best MotoGP rider, Aleix Espargarò with the Aprilia.
“In the end, I also managed to set a good chrono,” continued Scott, “but this is not important. It was great to get back to work with the guys and I can't wait to get back on track".
A lot of work to regain confidence with the bike after four months of inactivity also for Chaz Davies who completed 177 laps these days, working a lot on race pace especially with used tyres. Chaz has a crucial season ahead of him in which the first few races will likely determine if he will stay in the Aruba team.
"It was nice to get back out there and see a lot of familiar faces,” declared Davies. “It has been a long four months and there was a great desire to reconnect with the bike and the track. We worked a lot to try many solutions and get some important feedback. We have improved in some areas and we have to improve in other aspects but the direction is the right one".
Good impressions about the work done were also expressed by Ducati management with Marco Zambenedetti who said he was very satisfied with these test days.
"I am very satisfied with these three days of testing as we were able to test - with Redding and Davies - some new parts and technical solutions we tried a month ago on this circuit with Pirro and Rinaldi. We had good feedback from the riders on the new ergonomics. We also re-tested some of the solutions we tried in Australia and there are still some others to try out, especially from an electronic point of view. We will be able to do it before the race weekend at Jerez".
The same went for Serafino Foti, Aruba Racing team manager who underlined how demanding the 2020 season will be for the teams and the riders.
"Our season will start again: it will be shorter but at the same time, it will be very intense. As always, we will give our best to get the best possible result. We were looking forward to getting back to work and this test was taken with great enthusiasm. They have been three very important days for the riders and the whole team, also to get familiar with the new protocols that we will have to follow in the next rounds.”