A beautiful sun shines over Donington Park, the iconic English circuit that hosts the fourth round of the 2021 WorldSBK season. On a track not particularly favorable to the Ducati Panigale V4R, Scott Redding and Michael Ruben Rinaldi work hard with their teams, making tangible progress during the first day of free practices. The two Aruba.it Racing - Ducati riders close respectively in fifth and seventh position waiting for tomorrow's Race-1 that, according to the weather forecast, could be characterized by rain.
Michael Rinaldi closes with the fourth fastest time despite a T4 in which he is not able to be competitive.
Positive feeling for Scott Redding who uses the same tire throughout the session completing 23 laps with a convincing race pace.
P1 - J. Rea (Kawasaki) 1'27.841
P2 - T. Razgatlioglu (Yamaha) +0.264
P3 - T. Sykes (BMW) +0.361
P4 - M. Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati) +0.719
P5 - G. Gerloff (Yamaha) +0.840
P6 - S. Redding (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati) +0.973
Scott Redding's feeling grows considerably in the afternoon. The pace is constant, but the English rider is not able to be particularly incisive on a single lap.
His ideal time, in fact, is three tenths less than the best time and this could be a positive factor in view of the Superpole tomorrow morning.
Michael Rinaldi works with his team to overcome the difficulties encountered in the last sector of FP1, although losing some time in the T2. The feeling is however positive as the Italian rider also records the top speed of the first day (273,7).
P1 - G. Gerloff (Yamaha) 1'27.524
P2 - J. Rea (Kawasaki) +0.317
P3 - T. Razgatlioglu (Yamaha) +0.524
P4 - A. Lowes (Kawasaki) +0.607
P5 - S. Redding (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati) +0.626
P6 - T. Sykes (BMW) +0.678
P7 - M. Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati) +0.800
Scott Redding (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #45)
"All in all it wasn't a bad day but I wasn't able to be incisive on the single lap. This is a particular track with many different corners that do not play in our favour. The feeling, however, is positive. In the afternoon things improved but we still have to find the best set up that will allow me to ride at my best. The weather forecast? I don't really care because we'll all start in the same conditions."
Michael Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #21)
"Today was a pretty positive day even though we are a little bit far from the top. This morning we struggled a lot in the last sector, that’s why between FP1 and FP2 we focused a on fixing the set up. In the afternoon things went better but, as it often happens, we missed something, especially in T2. We just have to put together all the pieces of this puzzle and I am confident that we will make it."