Double twelfth place in both Race 1 and Race 2, eleventh position in Superpole Race for Barni Racing Team rider Michael Rinaldi at Donington, which helded the eighth round of MOTUL FIM WorldSBK. The result doesn’t not make happy completely the team lead by Marco Barnabò, but it reflects the difficulties to set a new bike, the Ducati Panigale V4R, on a track without any references. With these results Rinaldi conquires eight points in all for the championship standing where He is now eleventh with 85 points.
After the saturday rain the sun back at Donington with the tarmac around the 40 °C for the Superpole Race. Started from the fifteenth position, Rinaldi conducted a regular race without being able to attack the riders ahead of him and to recover positions. Three laps to go the BMW rider, Hickman, who was tenth, broke the engine flooding with oil the track at the braking point of turn ten. All riders behind him crashed out except Michael who went on the gravel, but He managed to be back on track. The race was stopped with red flag and Rinaldi, being able to went back to the box on the saddle of his bike, was classified eleventh, without earning any points.
The start of race 2, with similar condition to Superpole Race, seen Rinaldi protagonist of a good start. Earning three positions the Barni Racing Team rider stayed all the race behind Hickman and Melandri without being able to try to overtake them to reach the top ten.
Marco Barnabò - Team Principal
"Our lack of experience with this the bike was clear here in Donington. In a track with lots of ups and downs we struggled more than elsewhere to find a good a base setup. The good results of Misano and Jerez, which have flat layout, make us forget that the bike is new and without any references is not easy to be immediately fast. To find the right way is harder than last year. We can only analyze the data and continue to work as we have ever done to put out the potential of the Panigale V4 R".
Michael Ruben Rinaldi #21
"Despite the extremely hard weekend I want to thank the team which worked well. Unlucky the poor feeling with the bike and the wet sessions of yesterday did not help us. We understood which are our weaknesses but now we have some points of reference to start at Laguna Seca. It will be my first time in the USA and I don’t know what to expect, what I can say is that we will do our best, as always".