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”.

WorldSBK 2019
Free Practice Round 7   Rimini

Free Practice

Track Temp
Air Temp
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 van der Mark Michael 60 NDL Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 1'36.021
2 Rea Jonathan 1 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 0.008
3 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 0.135
4 Cortese Sandro 11 GER GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 0.246
5 Lowes Alex 22 GBR Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team Yamaha 0.359
6 Sykes Tom 66 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 0.361
7 Rinaldi Michael Ruben 21 ITA BARNI Racing Team Ducati 0.442
8 Davies Chaz 7 GBR ARUBA Racing - Ducati Ducati 0.523
9 Melandri Marco 33 ITA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha 0.608
10 Haslam Leon 91 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK Kawasaki 0.693
11 Razgatlioglu Toprak 54 TUR Turkish Puccetti Racing Kawasaki 0.753
12 Pirro Michele 51 ITA BARNI Racing Team Ducati 0.863
13 Reiterberger Markus 28 GER BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW 0.947
14 Torres Jordi 81 SPA Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki 1.088
15 Zanetti Lorenzo 87 ITA Motocorsa Racing Kawasaki 1.196
16 Cavalieri Samuele 97 ITA Motocorsa Racing Ducati 1.288
17 Baz Loris 19 FRA Ten Kate Racing - Yamaha Yamaha 1.469
18 Mercado Leandro 36 ARG Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki 1.576
19 Delbianco Alessandro 52 ITA Althea Mie Racing Team Honda 2.511
20 Takahashi Yuki 72 JPN Moriwaki Althea Honda Team Honda 2.557
21 Kiyonari Ryuichi 23 JPN Moriwaki Althea Honda Team Honda 2.821
22 Schmitter Dominic 9 SWI iXS Racing powered by YART Yamaha 3.487
Location Information

Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” Via Daijiro Kato, 10 47843 Misano Adriatico (RN) – Italy

LENGTH 4.226 Km


Pole Record 1'33.640 (162,47 Km/h) T.Sykes (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2018)
Race Record (RC2) 1'34.720 (160,62 Km) J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10R, 2015)
All Time Record 1'33.640 (162,47 Km/h) T.Sykes (Kawasaki ZX-10RR, 2018)
Race 1 Winner J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR)
Superpole Race Winner A. Bautista (Ducati Panigale V4 R )
Race 2 Winner J.Rea (Kawasaki ZX-10RR)