Only 17 days after the ultimate round of the 2018 MOTUL FIM World Superbike Championship, Barni Racing Team was already out on track preparing the new season.
Michael Ruben Rinaldi hits the track for the first time with the new brand Ducati Panigale V4 - the new machine from Borgo Panigale - and he made his all-important first steps taking to the track 82 laps in overall - more than any other rider: 74 in day 1 , only 8 in day 2, when the rain appeared on the Motorland Aragon. Rinaldi's best lap time in dry condition was 1.51.656 and he was fifth overall at the end of day 1. He was able to put in the very first wet laps on board the V4 R this morning.
First impressions of the V4 R were good for the rider Rimini but for the crew too. All togheter began to work in order to set up an all-new machine.
Marco Barnabò, Principal Manager
«Our first goal was to know the new bike and these two days of testing were intense and productive: Michael never pushed trying to have the best lap performance, but he tried to establish the right feeling with the bike, both on dry and wet conditions. That's why we chose to be out on track the second day, despite the rain. The team, however, has become familiar with the new electronics and the new chassis of the V4.
I would like to thank Ducati which make available for us the test team bike. For us it was very important to get acquainted with the new bike as soon as possible and have had this opportunity testifies - once again - the close relationship between our team and Ducati».
Michael Ruben Rinaldi, #21
«At the beginning I was a little excited, getting on the V4 was an incredible experience. Lap by lap, however, I got more confident and I must say that I was amazed: the bike works really well and the feelings have been very positive both in terms of chassis and engine. On the second day we tried to do some laps in wet conditions, but there was too much water on track. This was only the first exit and I tried not to take too many risks».