Rinaldi fifteenth in Superpole Race, race 2 cancelled at Imola

A tough weekend for Barni Racing Team at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari di Imola ended with only one race on Sunday. Due to bad weather conditions race 2 was cancelled and Superbike riders went on track only for Superpole Race in the late morning where Rinaldi was fifteenth. The Barni Racing Team rider Michael Rinaldi back home with a disappointed feelings because of technical problems suffered yesterday but with eighth more points in the Championship thanks to eight place of race 1.

Superpole Race

Ten lap Superpole Race has been conditioned by the uncertain whether. Some drops of rain appeared at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari di Imola between the warm up and qualifying race and the tyre and setup choice became the key. Started from the seventeenth spot, as yesterday, Rinaldi had a good start being twelfth after few turns and scoring his best time at the third lap with 1’48.043. However a wrong setup choice prevent him to be competitive. At fourth lap Rinaldi lost four positions. He was overtaken by Sykes and started a battle with Kiyonari and Melandri, ending the Superpole Race in front of them in fifteenth position.

Race 2

Around 2.00 pm a strong storm hit Imola and the start of race 2 was postponed until 14.30 when, after a breefing with all riders, it was decided to get on track for a lap where the riders tested the conditions of the asphalt.When riders was on the grid The intensity of the rain risen again and bikes returned to the pit. The amount of water on track and streams of water that crossed the asphalt finally led the race direction to cancel the entire afternoon program. 

Marco Barnabò - Team Principal

"Maybe at a time the race could start but the forecast predicted too much rain soon after and race would be interrupted. It was a pity, for the show, for fans, but also for us because this weekend we got less than the expetations. We will try to be ready for Jerez and rise back on our standards".

Michael Ruben Rinaldi #21 Superpole Race: P15 - Race 2: cancelled 

"I’m sorry for the supporters who could not see Sunday’s race. For this reason I went to greet them in front of the stand. We have to accept the decision taken to guarantee our safety and we have to prepare well for the next round".