Jonathan Rea third as Michael Ruben Rinaldi doubles up at Misano
Jonathan Rea made it back-to-back podiums at Misano in Italy as Michael Ruben Rinaldi sealed a double in front of his home supporters in the Superpole race on Sunday.
Italian rider Rinaldi (Aruba.it Ducati) and Pata Yamaha’s Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha) fought it out for the win over the 10-lap sprint race at the Marco Simoncelli circuit, with 25-year-old Rinaldi coming out on top for his second victory of the weekend. Rea – third in Saturday’s race –claimed the final rostrum spot once more ahead of Scott Redding (Aruba.it Ducati).
Rinaldi, who was a dominant winner of Saturday’s opening 21-lap race, was celebrating his second win as a Ducati rider and his third career success in World Superbikes. He became the first rider since Max Biaggi in 2012 to win two races in the same weekend at Misano.
Rea started from pole after his record lap in Superpole qualifying on Saturday but it was Razgatlioglu who seized the lead from the front row, with Rinaldi – who started from fourth – also making a pass on the six-time world champion on the next lap to snatch second.
Razgatlioglu was setting a hot pace out front but Rinaldi was right on his tail and eventually squeezed past with a clinical move at Turn 11 on the sixth lap.
Try as he might, Razgatlioglu was unable to strike back and Rinaldi wrapped up a Misano double by 0.485s, with Rea 1.865s behind the winner as he made it a staggering 151 WSBK podiums as a Kawasaki rider.
Rinaldi also set a new lap record, which had been established by Rea in Saturday’s race, setting a new benchmark of 1m 34.356s compared to Rea’s time of 1m 34.476s.
Redding, fourth on Saturday, was less than a second further adrift in fourth again, while Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team) and Axel Bassani (Motocorsa Racing Ducati) finalised the leading six.
Eugene Laverty, ruled out of race one following a crash in FP3, finished 13th on the RC Squadra Corse BMW.
The second 21-lap on Sunday is scheduled for 13:00 BST when Rinaldi will be gunning for a dream treble in front of the Italian fans.
This weekend’s races are being attended by up to 5,000 fans for the first time this season.
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