The Superbike World Championship makes its debut at the Barcelona Catalunya circuit. In fact, while the Spanish track had never before hosted a round of the world championship, it was included among the circuits on this year’s calendar from the very beginning. The teams won’t be arriving entirely in the dark, however, as several tests were conducted here before the season resumed in Jerez.
Despite being ranked second, Redding didn’t have a very good weekend during the second stage in Aragon. The British rider described the last weekend of racing as up and down like a roller-coaster, and his results reflected that. In Aragon, Scott slid during the first stage, then won the SuperPole race, and then finished third in Race 2. And while the distance from the top of the championship standings has unfortunately increased, nothing has been lost either. In Barcelona, Redding will have the opportunity to take advantage of his MotoGP experience, during which he competed on this track for several years.
It wasn’t a great weekend for Chaz Davies either, who had been very consistent up until now. The Welshman hit the podium in Race 1, and put on a respectable fourth place performance in the short race, but suffered a crash in Race 2, which cost him third place in the standings. To win it back now, he’ll have to close the ranks and go back to consistently racking up points.
Many have agreed that the time was ripe for young Michael Rinaldi of Rimini to earn his first Superbike podium, but perhaps even Rinaldi himself wasn’t entirely convinced that he could have another weekend like the last. Michael placed consistently among the top three throughout the three days, and clinched his first Superbike win on Saturday.
In the end, it’s going to be a full weekend. And whether you’re in Misano enjoying the show from the Ducati Grandstand, or watching the MotoGP or Superbike championships from the comfort of home, remember that the battle cry is always Forza Ducati!