A day to forget for the Barni Racing Team on the Nevers Magny-Cours circuit in France, where the eleventh round of the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship took place. After the 14th place in Saturday's race 1, Michael Rinaldi ended tenth in Superpole Race and 17th in race 2 affected by a technical problem while he was fighting for ninth position.
The two races do not bring points for the championship where now the rider from Romagna is in thirteenth position at 109 points.
Starting from the fourth spot of the grid for the excellent result gained in qualifying, Rinaldi had a good starting point, but - although significantly improving his pace compared to race 1 - he was able to keep the lead of the first group only in the first lap. In the first half of the race he was moved down to tenth position, while in the final stages he managed to defend from Cortese's and Melandri's Yamaha in the fight for the tenth position.
By the tenth place of the Sprint Race the Barni Racing Team rider lined up tenth on the grid showing more confidence with his Ducati Panigale V4 R. Seventh on the first laps Rinaldi lost six positions due to a touch with Lowes, but he started his comeback overtaking Laverty, Mercado, Torres and Camier. Unfortunately four laps to go a technical problem forced him to return at the box. The team, however, decided to end the race, but at that point the result was compromised. This round concludes the European campaign of the World Superbike that will be back on track on 11th-13th October at the Circuito El Villicum in San Juan, Argentina.
Marco Barnabò - Team Principal
"Speaking about the results it was certainly not a weekend to remember but once again the team did a great job managing to put the rider in the condition to be competitive after the troubles on Saturday. Unfortunately a technical problem ruined what could have been a good race".
Michael Ruben Rinaldi #21 Superpole Race: P10 - Race 2 P17
"It was a strange weekend: in the wet we were competitive, but yesterday, after the disappointing performance on dry, I decided to have a meeting with the technicians trying to take a new path because what we did so far didn't give us what we expected. Today we set the bike in a completely different mode and we were a second and a half faster than yesterday, in Race 2 even more. In the first laps I was seventh, then a touch with Lowes moved me down, but I still managed to recover and I could have played for sixth / eighth position when a technical problem forced me to the box. It was a pity, but the meeting it was clear what I need for the future".