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

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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.

Moriwaki Althea Honda Team
Ryuichi Kiyonari

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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.

Moriwaki Althea Honda Team
Pata Riviera Di Rimini Round

Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Italy

WorldSBK 2019, Round 7

Sunny / 30
Friday 21 Jun 2019, 14:36 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 30°C
  • Humidity: 55%
  • Ground Temp: 48°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL Pata Yamaha Yamaha 1'36.021
2 Jonathan Rea 1 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.008
3 Alvaro Bautista 19 SPA Racing Ducati +0.135
4 Sandro Cortese 11 GER GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha +0.246
5 Alex Lowes 22 GBR Pata Yamaha Yamaha +0.359
6 Tom Sykes 66 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW +0.361
7 Michael Rinaldi 21 ITA BARNI Racing Team Ducati +0.442
8 Chaz Davies 7 GBR Racing Ducati +0.523
9 Marco Melandri 33 ITA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha +0.608
10 Leon Haslam 91 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.693
11 Toprak Razgatlioglu 54 TUR Turkish Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +0.753
12 Michele Pirro ITA Racing Ducati +0.863
13 Markus Reiterberger 28 GER BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW +0.947
14 Jordi Torres 81 SPA Team Pedercini Kawasaki +1.088
15 Lorenzo Zanetti ITA Motocorsa Racing Ducati +1.196
16 Samuele Cavalieri 97 ITA Motocorsa Racing Ducati +1.288
17 Loris Baz 76 FRA Ten Kate Racing Yamaha +1.469
18 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki +1.576
19 Alessandro Delbianco 52 ITA Althea Mie Racing Team Honda +2.511
20 Yuki Takahashi 72 JPN Moriwaki Althea Honda Team Honda +2.557
21 Ryuichi Kiyonari 23 JPN Moriwaki Althea Honda Team Honda +2.821
22 Dominic Schmitter 9 SWI iXS Racing powered by YART Yamaha +3.487