2019 Misano WorldSBK Friday Press Releases

Press releases from the organizers and some of the teams after an eventful first day of action at Misano:

#RiminiWorldSBK– Day 1

Van der Mark sets the fastest lap time ahead of Rea and Bautista before suffering a huge crash

A dramatic first day of on-track action ends in Misano with 13 riders covered by just a second

The opening day of WorldSBK action concluded after FP2, with action and drama aplenty in the 50-minute session. Numerous crashes were scattered throughout the session, including on Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK), although he was unscathed. Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team) was on top at the end of the day, with Rea in second and Alvaro Bautista (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) in third. The Dutchman suffered an enormous accident at the end of the session, bringing a red flag out just moments after the chequered flag was shown.

Michael van der Mark was the man to beat on Friday, after a positive FP1 and topping the timesheets at the end of the day. Having won at Jerez, the former WorldSSP champion was on a mission before a huge high-side at the end of the session saw him thrown in the air, bringing out a red flag. The Dutchman suffered a right wrist fracture, concussion, and right ribs fracture and after having undergone first medical treatment at the circuit Medical Center, he was then taken to Rimini Hospital for further assessments. His teammate, Alex Lowes, completed the top five overall and was right in the mix.

The Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK duo of Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam suffered crashes on their way to second and tenth respectively. Haslam was the first crasher in the opening part of FP2, whilst Rea crashed at Turn 2 in the closing stages, having been top for the majority of the day. It was a positive day for Rea, as he goes in search of returning to winning ways and taking the battle to Alvaro Bautista.

Bautista’s day was comparably uneventful at Misano, with him being one of the few top names who didn’t crash – although he crashed during the Misano test. Bautista was quick in all of the sectors, topping the timesheets in the final sector but not featuring too prominently throughout the rest of the lap. Teammate Chaz Davies did not improve his time and finished the day in eighth overall.

Both GRT Yamaha WorldSBK riders were inside the top ten, as Sandro Cortese popped into fourth position on the combined times and made plenty of headlines, finishing as second Yamaha. Home-hero Marco Melandri was ninth on the combined times but didn’t improve his time in FP2.

A positive opening day concluded well for Tom Sykes (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team), who will go in search of continuing his pole-run from years gone-by, with seven consecutive poles in the last seven seasons. With the 2013 WorldSBK champion in the fight at the front, he looks set for a strong weekend. Teammate Markus Reiterberger was less than a second off of top slot, but back in 13th.

Michael Ruben Rinaldi (BARNI Racing Team) had a positive day and was the second Independent rider in seventh place. With less than half a second off, Rinaldi is in the mix at his home round and primed for a good result. Fellow countryman, teammate and wildcard Michele Pirro completed the day in 12th.

Unlucky Van Der Mark to Miss Misano Races After Dominating Day One

Free practice

Michael van der Mark topped the timesheets on the opening day in Misano but unfortunately the Pata Yamaha WorldSBK rider will sit out the remainder of the weekend, having sustained a fractured right wrist in a heavy crash in the final moments of today’s second free practice session. GRT Yamaha Supported WorldSBK rider, Sandro Cortese, got his Misano weekend off to a flying start, improving his lap time by more than half a second in FP2 to end the day in fourth position, one place ahead of fellow Yamaha rider, Alex Lowes. Marco Melandri made it four Yamahas in the top ten, with his time from FP1 securing the veteran Italian ninth place on the timesheet, while Loris Baz also had to rely on his time from the first of the two free practice sessions to finish 17th.

Having shown his potential with second place in FP1 this morning, van der Mark was the fastest rider on track in FP2. The Pata Yamaha rider looked all set to improve on his previous best time as the session drew to a close, but his flying lap ended with a heavy crash as he exited the final turn. The session was red flagged while circuit medical staff attended to van der Mark by the side of the track, before transporting him to the medical centre.

After further examination in the medical centre van der Mark was diagnosed with concussion, fractures to the radius and trapezium bones in his right wrist and fractures to ribs nine and ten on his right side. The Pata Yamaha rider was transported to Rimini Hospital, where he will remain under observation for 24 hours as a precautionary measure, before undergoing surgery to plate the radius fracture.

“When you see an accident as severe as Michael’s today, it really brings home the risks that all the riders take when they are pushing to the limits,” said Pata Yamaha Team Principal, Paul Denning.

“Thankfully he is ‘basically’ ok, despite injuries that will rule him out of the races this weekend. Of course, this is a huge disappointment for him, the team and for Yamaha because – following Jerez’s superb victory – Michael’s outright pace and consistency here in Misano had set him up to again challenge for the race wins. His parents, girlfriend Nadieh and Andrea Dosoli are with him at the hospital, we know he is in good medical hands and at this moment everybody involved in Yamaha’s WorldSBK project sends Michael all the best wishes and positive energies we can for a swift recovery. His potential is clear and we can’t wait to see Michael back on the R1,” concluded Denning.

It was a solid opening day for the remaining Yamaha riders, despite the hot conditions resulting in a distinct lack of grip compared to the recent two-day test at the circuit. Cortese managed the conditions well and was one of the few riders to improve on his FP1 time in this afternoon’s second free practice session, with the reigning Supersport World Champion ending the day fourth on combined times.

Lowes was satisfied with the progress made today, having spent both practice sessions working on race set-up on used tyres. The Pata Yamaha was missing some feeling from the front of his R1 but is confident that he and his crew can find a solution ahead of qualifying tomorrow.

For Melandri the focus for tomorrow is on improving available grip and the feedback from both the front and rear tyres. The Italian was ninth fastest today but is confident of improvement tomorrow.

Also confident of improvement tomorrow is Ten Kate Yamaha rider Baz who, together with the team, is still learning how to get the best from the Yamaha R1 with which they made their debut last time out in Jerez.

Alex Lowes

Pata Yamaha WorldSBK - P5 - 1'36.380

"The track temperature is a lot higher and the track is more slippery than it was when we were here for the test a few weeks ago. Today we just worked through the program, staying on used tyres, but I still need to find a bit more confidence with the front of the bike. We'll have a look through the data tonight to find a solution ready for tomorrow, but the main thing is that Michael is relatively okay after what was a big crash in FP2. That's not how you want to end the day after setting the fastest time but, hopefully, he'll be back on the bike very soon and I wish him all the best."

Sandro Cortese

GRT Yamaha Supported WorldSBK - P4 - 1'36.267

"A very positive day, which started with a good feeling this morning after the test here and the last races in Jerez. This afternoon we made a significant improvement again, in what was a very good free practice session for us, as we worked towards the first race. The lap times were consistent, the pace was good and I'm really looking forward to the race tomorrow."

Marco Melandri

GRT Yamaha Supported WorldSBK - P9 - 1'36.629

"The first day here in Misano proved very difficult because of the track conditions. I don't think anyone was expecting such a lack of grip, which made the front and rear so unpredictable and the bike so difficult to ride. Tyre endurance also seems to be an issue, but the main goal is to try and improve the available grip for tomorrow. My feeling is not so bad, but I need to feel more comfortable on the bike if we are to improve."

Loris Baz

Ten Kate Yamaha Supported WorldSBK - P17 - 1'37.490

"It's been a tough opening day for everyone, I think. The track is really hot and the grip really bad compared to the test here. We just worked on the bike, trying to improve and we continued this process this afternoon with the race tyre, when the track conditions were even more difficult. I was getting better and better as the session progressed, but we have been a bit unlucky with the tyre for the sprint races, as I haven't managed more than three laps on it so far and, today when we put in this tyre, we had a small problem with the bike. But we are still on a steep learning curve and, sometimes, we just need to be a little patient."

Rea Second Fastest Under The Misano Sun

KRT rider Jonathan Rea placed second overall after two Free Practice sessions at the World Circuit Misano Marco Simoncelli today, with his team-mate Leon Haslam tenth in the hot weather conditions.

Only a fast final lap from Michael van Der Mark deposed Jonathan Rea from the top spot on Friday’s combined practice times. Jonathan’s 1’36.029 was just 0.008 seconds from the overnight leader as he made good preparations for Superpole and then the first race of the weekend.

Haslam worked on finding more front end grip and despite losing some track time for a while after a fall, he was still inside the top ten at the relatively short 4.226km circuit near the Adriatic coast of Italy.

On a day where several riders fell Rea and Haslam each slid off without injury on a hot and sometimes slippery track surface that approached 50°C on occasion. Such was the close competition on day one that the top 13 riders set lap times within a second of each other.

Tomorrow Rea and Haslam will face a final FP3 session in the morning, then Tissot Superpole qualifying and finally a full distance 21-lap Race One. Sunday features a ten-lap Tissot Superpole Race and a final 21-lap battle in Race Two.

Jonathan Rea, stated: “It is much hotter than it was at the test we had here recently. There was not a lot of rubber down at the test but even today the grip levels are lower. But saying that, it feels more normal especially compared to Jerez last time out, where the grip levels were so high you were pushing the tyres into the ground. The bike is moving around a little here and we are just trying to understand where we are with it. I felt we had a really good pace and my speed was good today, and we understood some different tyres. It is now clear the tyre we are going to use. For the first day I feel not bad; actually comfortable on the bike.”

Leon Haslam, stated: “We ran out of track time today because a crash hindered us in something we wanted to try. We have been suffering from a little lack of front grip more than anything. We still have to work because compared to the test we had here recently the track is a bit greasier, a bit more slippery. It is totally different from the test until now. We had a certain way and feeling at the test and it is now a completely different way that we need to look for.”

Toprak Razgatlioglu (Turkish Puccetti Racing) was 12th today, just one place behind Haslam. Jordi Torres (Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) was 14th and Leandro Mercado (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) 18th in what is his second comeback ride after an early season injury.

Álvaro Bautista and Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) third and eighth respectively after first day of free practice at the Misano World Circuit

Sweltering weather conditions greeted the World Superbike contenders today at the Misano World Circuit, where the seventh round of the championship is being held and where the two Aruba.it Racing - Ducati riders, Álvaro Bautista and Chaz Davies, were third and eighth quickest respectively after the first two free practice sessions.

Very few riders managed to improve this afternoon, but one man who did was the championship leader, the 34-year-old Spaniard from Talavera de la Reina. Like all the other riders, Bautista suffered with a lack of grip in FP2, but despite this he was able to knock one tenth of a second off his time, albeit remaining in third place in the provisional classification.

Chaz Davies also suffered with the same problem, the 32-year-old from Wales finishing eighth overall in the combined standings after going fifth in this morning’s session. Even though there is very little time available before Race 1, Chaz is convinced there is still room for improvement.

Tomorrow the third and final free practice session will be held at 09:00 CET, followed two hours later at 11:00 by Superpole qualifying for the starting-grid line-up for Race 1, which gets underway at 14:00.

Álvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #19) – 3rd (1’36.156)

“Today was rather a difficult day and it was conditioned by the hot weather and the lack of grip. We’re all lapping quite slowly, there isn’t much grip both in the front and the rear so it’s easy to make a mistake, but we’re working hard to improve the feeling. This morning I didn’t have a particularly good feeling with the choice of tyre, while in the afternoon things were better, the bike was more stable and we managed to improve our time, but only by a bit. For the moment our ideas are quite clear about which type of tyre to use and we’ll have a look at the data this evening but I’m very confident for Superpole and tomorrow’s race.”

Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #7) – 8th (1’36.544)

“It was quite a positive first day and even though my position maybe doesn’t show it, the feeling with the bike wasn’t bad at all. I think we’ve got margin to improve, the only problem is that there isn’t much time available tomorrow morning for us to apply the right modifications. Today the track was really slippery and it was hard for everyone. I’m suffering with a lack of grip; in addition, I had a bit of a problem with my first tyre at the start of FP2 which meant we had to modify the workflow, but when we changed the tyre my Panigale V4 R immediately went better.”

Solid opening day for the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team at the Misano World Circuit


Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli

The first day of action at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli was a positive and promising one for the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team as both riders tried to find their base settings aboard the BMW S 1000 RR.

The BMW pair got off to relatively solid start during this morning’s FP1 session with Tom Sykes finishing in P6 and Markus Reiterberger in P12.

As the day progressed into the afternoon the track temperature increased causing the surface to become greasy, resulting in multiple crashes throughout the session. Unfortunately, Markus crashed at T2 during FP2 forcing him out of the session with damage to the bike. Despite the crash, Reiterberger ended the session on combined time in P13 with a best of (1'36.968).

Tom Sykes managed to complete Free Practice unscathed and put in some strong laps throughout the two sessions, his best being a (1'36.382) putting him into P6. Sykes' race pace was equally impressive which he will look to continue into tomorrow.

The focus for the team now changes to day 2, where the BMW Motorrad team will battle for grid positions ahead of Race 1.

Shaun Muir – Team Principal

"Markus did pretty well today, crucially the settings and data from Jerez worked well here in Misano so both him and his crew chief did a good job. He didn’t get the chance to try the softer tyre in FP2 following his small crash, however at that time he was positioned in the top eight so again that was good progress. Tom on the other side of the box made quite a lot of changes and ended up with a strong race pace lapping high 1:36s, and with the track temperature rising I’m pleased with his performance today. We have got some small changes to make over night before heading into FP3 and Superpole so hopefully we can have a good Qualifying and start on the front two rows with both riders."

Tom Sykes (GBR)

"I’m very happy with our Friday free practice. I came here and sat down with my crew chief and we made a plan for the weekend. I have to say that the whole BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team have worked very well today. We had a very structured effort in FP1. I’ve not been on track too long in FP1 but that was good because we set some changes to the BMW S 1000 RR which obviously gave us our direction for FP2 and I have to say that I’m happy with the outcome of today’s efforts. On paper we look quite strong. But in reality when I’m on the track with the bike - you’ve probably heard from many riders and you’ve seen that the lap times are a bit off – the track is very greasy. It’ really quite unpredictable and the track could change from hour to hour. So, yes, I’m happy with our performance and quite surprised with the pace there at the end. Tomorrow is another day and we just try to build a little bit further on the information we got today. But we won’t do anything too drastic now, just a couple of minor modifications and then go racing."

Markus Reiterberger (GER)

"The first day at Misano was a bit more difficult than expected. Misano in general does not offer too much grip but today, the track conditions out there were really difficult. The first free practice was okay, we ticked every box on our list and then made some changes for the second practice. At the beginning of FP2, I had to return to the pits due to a brake issue. We changed the brake disks and that helped. For a long time, I was able to stay within the top-seven but then I lost the front. Unfortunately, the damage on the bike prevented me from continuing the session. That was a pity as we had quite some items on our test list and we could not work through them all as a result. But in general, we know what we have to do and are in a positive mood for the rest of the weekend."


Finally the most awaited Event for the spectators starts, here on the Romagna Riviera! The hot temperature has tested the physical form of the riders and the mechanical components of the bikes.

During the first free practice session Lorenzo Zanetti took measurements with the asphalt conditions and with the V4-R Go Eleven. He made several laps working on used tyre, with the aim of fixing the bike to the best, finding the right set-up to try the attack at the time.

Free Practices 1: P 18 1'38.031 + 2.002

The second practice starts at 15.00, the most critical moment of the day, the asphalt temperatures splash over 50 degrees worsening the grip conditions on the track.

In the final laps Zanetti manages to pull down almost 8 tenths, he is very close to the top ten: a nice step forward that highlights the right way taken by the Team. Lorenzo, however, still complains about some problems during the deceleration phase.

The latter will be the point on which the guys will have to work hard to find the correct solution in view of a difficult Saturday: there could be even some rush of water around 2.00 pm, starting time of Race 1!

To underline is the second maximum speed recorded by the white, red and yellow Panigale of Go Eleven and the fact that Lorenzo was the rider who improved the lap time more from FP 1, giving important indications for tomorrow !

Free Practices 2: P 15 1'37.217 + 1.196

Lorenzo Zanetti (Rider):

"Making a weekend spot is never easy, but I think we worked well the first day!

The track did not help us: the grip conditions were very bad, all the riders complained about this problem and there were so many crashes. Already the fact of not having crashed and improving in the afternoon is a good thing. In the second practice, with very hot conditions, I was one of the few riders who managed to lower his laptime, without having put on the soft tyre!

We are not 100% ok yet, but never being happy and trying to improve is always part of my way of working. We are fifteenth, it is true, but to 1.1 from the first; all the riders are very close and with these track conditions it is very important to work for the race.

In the team they are all motivated, they want to make the most of this weekend.

Now we will analyze the data with a cool head and return ready to the track tomorrow!"

A huge good luck to Michael Van Der Mark: the Dutchman, first at the end of the day, crashed violently getting several fractures.

Get well soon Magic Michael!

The Riviera di Rimini round gets underway at a hot and sunny Misano

The opening day of the Riviera di Rimini WorldSBK Round was marked by hot and sunny weather, quite different from the conditions Moriwaki Althea Honda’s Ryuichi Kiyonari and Yuki Takahashi found during the two-day testing session they completed at Misano at the end of May.

Takahashi and Kiyonari worked hard with their respective crews to adapt the bikes’ setup in order to improve grip levels, and both are confident that they have found a good direction. They will continue to work to improve their lap times tomorrow, having rounded out day one in 20th and 21st place respectively.

Yuki Takahashi 72

20th 1'38.578

“Today’s track conditions were very different to what we had during the test three weeks ago, so different in fact that it was almost as if I was riding a different bike! The main thing to deal with here is the lack of grip and we worked hard to sort that out today. We made a big change to the set-up between the two free practice sessions and I think we have found a promising direction in terms of the setting. Tomorrow we’ll continue in this direction and see what we can do”.

Ryuichi Kiyonari 23

21st 1'38.842

“It has been a difficult day. The asphalt was very slippery, and I struggled quite a lot, especially with the front of the bike. I could not brake hard or stop the bike effectively, so we are losing a lot of time in that area. Conditions are the same for everyone of course, so we worked hard on the set-up, trying several different things to improve the situation. I think that by putting it all together, we can do better tomorrow”.

Delbianco gets to work at home track Misano

Misano Adriatico (Italy), Friday 21 June 2019

The Althea MIE Racing is on track at the Misano World Circuit for round seven of the Superbike World Championship. Rider Alessandro Delbianco has concluded the first free practice sessions in nineteenth position.

During the morning’s session, and in hot and sunny conditions (air temperature 29°C, track 40°C), Delbianco completed a total of only nine laps, two innocuous crashes causing him to lose precious minutes. Setting his best time of the session in the early stages, the Italian positioned nineteenth at the end of this first free practice.

In the afternoon, Alessandro returned to the track for the second free practice which took place on a hotter track (46°C). Working with his team to find the best set-up for his CBR1000RR SP2, the Italian was unable to improve on his morning’s best, thus rounding out the day in nineteenth position in the combined standings.

Alessandro Delbianco

"To be honest, today fell a little short of my expectations. The two small crashes we had this morning caused us to lose time and as a result I got in very little track time, almost as if I’d missed out on an entire session. Let’s just say we have our work cut out tomorrow. I hope to be able to sort a few things out in the final practice session in order to be as prepared as possible for both the Superpole and race 1.”

WorldSSP: Caricasulo on top at home whilst Soomer surprises

As Caricasulo and De Rosa had a 1-2 for Italy at home, it was a day full of shocks and surprises in World Supersport!

With track temperatures increasing throughout the day, the World Supersport championship is warmed up nicely for on-track action this weekend. It was a sea of Italians inside the top ten, with five of them – including two wildcards – starting their home weekend in fine style. Federico Caricasulo (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team) completed the day in first, ahead of fellow countryman Raffaele De Rosa (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) and teammate, Randy Krummenacher.

Caricasulo charged to top spot on day one, continuing his strong form from Jerez. The Italian, from Rimini, is at his true home weekend and will be hoping to put on a strong show in front of a passionate home crowd. Raffaele De Rosa chased him down and was flying the MV Agusta flag, as he continues his quest for a first WorldSSP win, whilst championship leader Randy Krummenacher was in third – finishing FP2 in second but not able to conquer the top two on combined times.

Former WorldSSP runner-up Jules Cluzel (GMT94 YAMAHA) was up in fourth place, at a circuit at which he has victories at before. He was just ahead of his fellow countryman, Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing). Hannes Soomer (MPM WILSport Racedays), who was a surprise at the front of the WorldSSP order, completed the day sixth and was comfortably the top Honda in the class.

Seventh position went to the first of the wildcards: Luca Ottaviani (SGM Tecnic). The Italian was in fine form ahead of his return to the WorldSSP grid. Fellow wildcard, Lorenzo Gabellini (GOMMA Racing), was up in eighth place and was one of the first riders to improve his time in the session. Ninth and tenth went to Ayrton Badovini (Team Pedercini Racing) and Isaac Viñales (Kallio Racing). Thomas Gradinger (Kallio Racing) had a tough day and ended 14th overall, with work to do ahead of Saturday and Sunday.

Caricasulo Sets the Mark on Opening Day in Misano

Free practice

Bardahl Evan Bros. Yamaha Supported WorldSSP rider, Federico Caricasulo, picked up where he left off in Jerez in Misano, with the Italian getting the better of fellow countryman Rafaella De Rosa to top the timesheet in both free practice sessions on the opening day.

Caricasulo’s Bardahl Yamaha teammate, and current championship leader, Randy Krummenacher was third fastest today, but separated from the top spot by just two-tenths of a second.

GMT94 Yamaha Supported WorldSSP rider, Jules Cluzel, was fourth on the timesheet today. Less than half a second behind Caricasulo, while Isaac Viñales was the best placed of the Kallio Racing Yamaha Supported WorldSSP riders in tenth.

Kallio Yamaha’s Thomas Gradinger was 14th on combined times, while GMT94 Yamaha’s Corentin Perolari was 18th and Loris Cresson 23rd

WorldSSP300: Schotman on top as Hendra Pratama leads chasing pack

The Dutchman’s morning time was good enough to hold on to top spot, whilst the Indonesian rider heads the rest

The WorldSSP300 field was back in action at the Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” on Friday, with plenty to look out for as the championship reaches its halfway stage in 2019. It was a dominant opening day for Group A riders, as they stamped their authority on the Italian circuit to lock-out the top six positions. Robert Schotman (Kawasaki MOTOPORT) was on top, ahead of Indonesia’s Galang Hendra Pratama (Semakin Di Depan Biblion Motoxracing) and championship leader Manuel Gonzalez (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) in third.

Track temperatures soared in the afternoon sessions, meaning that most of the times were coming from the morning sessions, despite rubber being laid down by the WorldSBK and WorldSSP riders in between. Schotman’s 1’50.111 was good enough to end the day on top, whilst a bright start from Indonesian star Galang Hendra Pratama in second place will get the crowd on their feet. The Indonesian rider will be hoping to achieve a first podium of the year after premature celebrations last time out at Jerez! Manuel Gonzalez’ strong start to the year looks set to continue, with a third place after the opening day.

It was a very strong start for Ukrainian rider Nick Kalinin (Nutec RT Motorsports by SKM – Kawasaki). Just under half-a-second off the top time, he completed the day in fourth, ahead of home-hero and top Italian Omar Bonoli (Team Trasimeno Yamaha) and reigning WorldSSP300 champion Ana Carrasco (Kawasaki Provec WorldSSP300).

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