After the Spanish round in Jerez, the Ducati motorbikes are ready to battle it out in their second home race.
In fact, like Imola, Misano is also considered a friendly track, situated just 100 km from the Borgo Panigale factory and used by Ducati for testing. Bautista arrives at the top of the world standings after his weekend at "home" in Jerez where he picked up two wins, but also the first stop of the season. It was a tough weekend in Jerez for Chaz Davies too, the rider from Knighton struggled all weekend to find a satisfactory setup on his Panigale V4 R, and then once he found it in Race 2 he was involved in a contact that deprived him of a good finish. So at Misano both the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati riders will be determined to achieve the victory that eluded them in Spain.
And this time there will be more Panigale V4 R bikes on the track. In addition to Davies and Bautista and Michael Rinaldi on the Barni Racing Team Ducati SBK, the Go Eleven team will be forced to race with Lorenzo Zanetti as a subsitute rider for Laverty, still injuried since Imola.
There will also be two other wild cards: The Motocorsa Racing team has decided to deploy its Panigale V4 R, just as it did in Imola, this time entrusting it to the young rider from the Emilia area Samuele Cavalieri, who has been making a name for himself in the Italian CIV championship. But the juiciest piece of news is undoubtedly the presence of Michele Pirro, who will be competing on a second Panigale V4 R for the Barni Racing Team. For the Ducati MotoGP test rider it's a return to the SBK world championship after the experience of Misano 2015, when he quickly replaced the injured Scassa for the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team.
And with six Panigale V4 R on the track, Misano will surely offer a can't-miss event and a spectacular show for Ducatistas everywhere.
Built in 1972, the Misano circuit was a venue for bike races in the 80s and 90s. After a number of modifications to improve the infrastructure and a change in the track direction in 2007.Circuit data