WSBK tests in Jerez


26.01.2023
The first winter tests for the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team concluded this afternoon at Jerez de la Frontera (Spain). Alvaro Bautista and Michael Rinaldi had the chance to test the new Ducati Panigale V4 R for the first time, alternating their rides with the 2022 machines for comparisons that produced important data ahead of the start of the 2023 WorldSBK season. On "Day 1" the Spanish rider completed 86 laps, finishing with the second-best time (1'38.851), two-tenths behind Razgatlioglu (Yamaha). Third place for Rinaldi, who set a time of 1'39.240, completing 72 laps. On the second day, both Bautista (1'38.449 - 86 laps completed) and Rinaldi (1'38.646 - 67 laps completed) were able to lower their lap times, finishing third and fourth respectively behind Razgatlioglu (Yamaha - 1'38.269) and Rea (Kawasaki - 1'38.325) Alvaro Bautista (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #19) "Two very interesting days of testing. We tried the new Panigale V4R for the first time and I have to say that the sensations were very positive. We worked a lot on the tire solutions even though obviously the very low temperature of these two days doesn't allow us to have very clear ideas. In any case, I am very satisfied with our work". Michael Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #21) "We have worked on both the bike and the tires. We go to Portiamo with a good charge knowing that we have faced two very productive days. Our lap times were in line with the front guys even if with the qualifying tire I wasn't able to improve much. On the race pace, on the other hand, the feeling was really good, that's why I am happy”. The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team will be back on track at Portimao (Portugal) next Monday for the second session of winter testing


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