With the two races on Saturday evening at the Losail International Circuit, Qatar, the curtain comes down on the 2019 season of the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship. Michael Rinaldi ended with a retirement in the Superpole Race and a fifteenth place in Race 2.
The Barni Racing Team rider concluded the Championship thirteenth in the overall standings with 122 points, sixth among the independent riders.
The 10 laps sprint race ended prematurely for Rinaldi. Starting from the fifth row, the Italian rider was fifteenth at the end of the second lap when he finished on the gravel at turn 1 due to a problem on the brakes. Rinaldi managed to get back on track but decided to go back to the pits.
The result of the Superpole Race forced Rinaldi to move back one position on the grid in race 2. Sixteenth at the start, the rider from Romagna got off well from his spot at the red lights off and he placed himself immediately behind the Top 10. Fighting throughout the race in a group, already in the early stage he had to give way to Laverty and Baz.
Thirteenth on lap seven, the Barni Racing Team rider had to struggle once again with a brakes issue that forced him to give up his position to Torres and Reiterberger. Rinaldi crossed the finish line in fifteenth position.
Marco Barnabò - Team Principal
«We would have liked to end a difficult season with a good result, unfortunately it doesn't happened. This year a great change came with the arrival of the brand-new Panigale V4 R, a bike that give us immediately great satisfaction in the Italian Championship, unfortunately not so much in Superbike. I want to thank all our partners, the team guys for what they have done and Michael, I wish he can continue his career as expected».
Michael Ruben Rinaldi #21 Superpole Race: DNF - Race 2: P15
«Unfortunately in both race of today I had problems with the brakes and this not allowed me to close the season as I wanted. It has been a complicated season, but I still want to thank the team for the hard work and support this year».