Stefan Bradl and the Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team have completed the first day of action for the Riviera di Rimini Round of the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship, which is currently underway at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. The 27-year-old German rider was 17th in the combined times of today’s two free practice sessions and, therefore, his qualifying will begin in Superpole 1.

On board his Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 machine, Bradl was near the top-10 in the early stages of the morning’s session, before improving on his personal best lap by 0.4secs with a few minutes to go. In the afternoon, however, with increased temperatures and due to a technical issue experienced throughout the session, Stefan was unable to make a further step forwards in terms of speed over a single lap.

World Superbike action will resume tomorrow morning at 8:45 local time (GMT +2) for the third free practice session of the weekend, which will be followed by Superpole 1 (10:30) and by the opening race of Round 7 (13:00).

Stefan Bradl

Stefan Bradl 6

17th

It was quite a busy day. This morning the feeling with the bike was not too bad; I feel that the test we did two weeks ago was very helpful, because we did make a step forwards with the electronics in terms of rideability and throttle connection with the rear wheel. In the afternoon, however, we started with used tyres and the lack of grip turned out to be a problem for everyone. Then we had a problem with the electronics which forced me into the pits for a long period, so I could not complete many laps. We lost a lot of time and that is the reason why we could not improve on our FP1 time. Our potential, though, is much higher, because my feeling with the bike this morning was very positive. Hopefully we’ll be able to turn it into a better performance tomorrow!

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Pieter Breddels

Pieter Breddels

We were happy to see Stefan feeling good with the bike this morning and we were looking forward to improving some more this afternoon. The track was really slippery in the afternoon – due to the heat - and that was causing a bit of spinning. Unfortunately, though, we couldn’t work on that because of the electronics issue we experienced, which required some extra effort back at the pit-box and which cost us some valuable time. We’re confident, however, that we can make a big step forwards tomorrow: we’ll make good use of FP3 and Superpole 1 and hopefully we’ll get to the race in a good position.

Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team
Italian Round

Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Italy

WorldSBK 2017, Round 7

Sunny & Dry / 28
Friday 16 Jun 2017, 13:42 UTC
  • Air Temp: 28°C
  • Humidity: 65%
  • Ground Temp: 46°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 1'34.901
2 Tom Sykes 66 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.030
3 Marco Melandri 33 ITA Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.250
4 Chaz Davies 7 GBR Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.349
5 Leon Camier 2 GBR MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +0.366
6 Jordi Torres 81 SPA Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +0.686
7 Xavi Fores 12 SPA BARNI Racing Team Ducati +0.723
8 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL Pata Yamaha Yamaha +0.817
9 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +0.966
10 Alex Lowes 22 GBR Pata Yamaha Yamaha +0.982
11 Lorenzo Savadori 32 ITA Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia +1.022
12 Randy Krummenacher 15 SWI Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +1.252
13 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG IodaRacing Team Aprilia +1.385
14 Raffaele De Rosa 35 ITA Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +1.477
15 Alex De Angelis 15 RSM Pedercini Racing SC-Project Kawasaki +1.546
16 Román Ramos 40 SPA Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +1.629
17 Stefan Bradl 6 GER Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda +1.647
18 Riccardo Russo 84 ITA Guandalini Racing Yamaha +2.155
19 Ondrej Jezek 37 CZE Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +2.995
20 Fabio Menghi 61 ITA VFT Racing Ducati +3.077
21 Ayrton Badovini 86 ITA Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +3.122
Rider Standings
Sunday, 28 May 2017 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Jonathan REA 65 GBR 260 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
2 Tom SYKES 66 GBR 205 Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
3 Chaz DAVIES 7 GBR 185 Aruba.it Racing Ducati
4 Marco MELANDRI 33 ITA 137 Aruba.it Racing Ducati
5 Alex LOWES 22 GBR 121 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
6 Michael VAN DER MARK 60 NDL 102 Pata Yamaha Yamaha
7 Xavi FORES 12 SPA 99 BARNI Racing Team Ducati
8 Leon CAMIER 2 GBR 84 MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta
9 Jordi TORRES 81 SPA 72 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW
10 Eugene LAVERTY 50 GBR 58 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
11 Román RAMOS 40 SPA 57 Team Go Eleven Kawasaki
12 Stefan BRADL 6 GER 48 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
13 Leandro MERCADO 36 ARG 43 IodaRacing Team Aprilia
14 Nicky HAYDEN 69 USA 40 Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team Honda
15 Lorenzo SAVADORI 32 ITA 32 Milwaukee Aprilia Aprilia
16 Randy KRUMMENACHER 15 SWI 27 Puccetti Racing Kawasaki
17 Alex DE ANGELIS 15 RSM 23 Pedercini Racing SC-Project Kawasaki
18 Leon HASLAM GBR 20
19 Markus REITERBERGER 21 GER 19 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW
20 Raffaele DE ROSA 35 ITA 12 Althea BMW Racing Team BMW
21 Riccardo RUSSO 84 ITA 8 Guandalini Racing Yamaha
22 Jake DIXON GBR 7
23 Ondrej JEZEK 37 CZE 6 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki
24 Ayrton BADOVINI 86 ITA 6 Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki
25 Joshua BROOKES 25 AUS 4 ERMotorsport-EliteRoads.com.au Yamaha
26 Julian SIMON 60 SPA 4 Garage Plus Interwetten Kalex