Bittersweet day for Barni Racing Team at MotorLand Aragón Circuit. After a surprising fifth place in Superpole Rinaldi struggled a lot in race 1 where he closed 13th struggling with setup problems.
Following the progress made on Friday afternoon, in Superpole Rinaldi signed his personal best lap at Aragón Circuit with 1'49.689 and he managed to reach the fifth place: his best result ever in qualifying session.
Started from the second row Rinaldi had a bad start and he slipped down till the tenth place. With problems both at the rear and at the front he was never in the conditions to be able to make a comeback. He fought tooth and nail in a race that was certainly under the expectation, but Rinaldi was forced to ride all race long on the defence, losing three more positions. A crash at the last lap gave him a thirteenth-place finish.
Marco Barnabò - Team Principal
"Race was not good as we expected after the very good qualifying session. The rider had completely different feeling in race and the bike was hard to be riddden. We are working hard to understand what happened and give back a good machine to Michael".
Michael Ruben Rinaldi: P13 - Race 1
"Today's result leaves me bitter in the mouth. After the qualifying a totally different race was expected, but since the first lap I lost the feeling I had found in two last sessions. We need to analyze data and try to understand why in race the bike was so different from the morning. We are acknowledge that finding the Superpole condition can allow us to fight for the Top 5".