Snowfall happened in Assen and race direction was forced to cancel Dutch round’s race 1 of MOTUL FIM WorldSBK. Saturday’s race was rescheduled for tomorrow when Tissot Superpole Race will be converted, weather conditions permitting, into a race on full distance. This means that tomorrow the Barni Racing Team will be on track for two races: Race 1 at 11 am followed by race 2 at 2pm local time.
On a very cold conditions under cloudy skies (air temperature 4°C, track 7°C), riders went out on track for the Superpole. During the 25-minute session, Rinaldi made seven laps in all. His fastest time 1’37.221 placed him eighteenth in the timetable, the worst result in a qualifying session so far this season.
The first race, set to get underway at 2 pm, did not start as planned due to snow. Race Direction was forced to cancel it in order to guarantee the riders’ safety. After few minutes of waiting, the organizsers toke the decision to and postpone it on Sunday.
Marco Barnabò - Team Principal
"In the conditions we were on the grid racing was impossible, I believe the decision to postpone the race was correct. Tomorrow we will try new setup solutions in the warm up and then we'll have double race, as it was in past. It will be exciting for fans, but also for us".
Michael Ruben Rinaldi #21: Race 1 - Cancelled
"I agree with the decision not to race today, it was really very cold and the risk was too high. Tomorrow we will have two races so nothing change, except that we hope we could race in more safety conditions. We are still working on setup because with this cold temperatures it's hard to warm up tires and consequently it's impossible to find the right feeling. The positive aspect is that we will be able to try new setup in practice and not directly in the race".