The Italian smoked the opposition in the morning session and heads a Ducati 1-2 ahead of the Tissot Superpole session
The opening session of Saturday at the Pirelli Teruel Round for the 2020 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship fired up and the riders got down to strong times in the cooler morning temperatures. The 20-minute session witnessed frantic drama throughout and finishing the session on top was Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Team GOELEVEN), who completed a Free Practice clean sweep.
The Italian star was just under four tenths ahead of fellow Ducati star Scott Redding (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati), whilst just over four tenths back of the session leader was reigning five-time WorldSBK Champion Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK). Fourth place belonged to Michael van der Mark (PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team) as the Yamaha rider came to the fore, ahead of Chaz Davies (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati), with three Ducatis inside the top five.
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Honda and Yamaha riders packed out the rest of the top ten, with Leon Haslam (Team HRC), impressive in sixth ahead of a fast Federico Caricasulo (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team), who was inside the top seven and right in contention. Race 2 podium-finisher from last weekend Alvaro Bautista (Team HRC) was eighth, ahead of France’s Loris Baz (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) and America’s ever-improving Garrett Gerloff (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team). Tom Sykes (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) was the first BMW in 11th, whilst third place in the Championship Toprak Razgatlioglu (PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team) was only 13th.
Top six after FP3, full results here!
1 Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Team GOELEVEN) 1’49.574
2.) Scott Redding (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) +0.389s
3.) Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK +0.429s
4.) Michael van der Mark (PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team) +0.599s
5.) Chaz Davies (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) +0.777s
6.) Leon Haslam (Team HRC) +0.789s
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