Before the start of the weekend, obviously the expectations were high, but few expected such a start! Go Eleven and Michael, together, had never tested at Aragon before today, while the reference Teams had already spent a few days of testing in recent months. But the team was not unprepared and, immediately, a good performance came out.

In the first session, Rinaldi proved to be “in a good shape” by getting close to the Top 3 right from the start. The feeling, however, was not optimal due to the loose of grip on the rear tyre; the staff worked on the geometry of the bike trying to make the rear more manageable. In the final of FP 1 the rider from Romagna was able to find two fast laps, obtaining a second place just 58 thousandths from Chaz Davies, seven times winner in Aragon!

Free Practice 1:
P 1   C. Davies   1.50.543
P 2   M. Rinaldi   +0.058
P 3   J. Rea   +0.193

In the afternoon the asphalt conditions worsened considerably, with few riders able to improve morning performances; no one could be faster then 50 and a half set by Chaz and Michael a few hours earlier. Team Go Eleven focused on the race distance, bringing the tyres to around 20 laps, collecting useful data in view of the two races at Motorland. Some of the interventions on the Ducati V4-R tried to improve the feeling between the bike and rider: best time comes easily but Michael still doesn’t feel 100% on the seat. The movements of the Panigale disturb him a bit in riding, but today was a very positive day, which ended with the second place in the combined, the best result on Friday for both the rider and the Team!

Free Practice 2:
P 1   J. Rea   1.50.865
P 2   A.Lowes   +0.136
P 3   S. Redding   +0.166

P 5   M. Rinaldi   +0.275 

Now we need is to improve with some small changes on Friday night, and then tomorrow Go Eleven will be ready to give a show on the track and entertain fans from home!

Michael Rinaldi (Rider):
“Today I am quite happy because, although we didn’t test on this track, we scored excellent laptimes from the first laps. The feeling with the bike is not optimal, around 80% and we need to improve a little bit more. We have the potential to fight for an important result, so if we continue on the right path it could be a good weekend for us. Let’s see tomorrow if we can still improve a step forward!”

Friday pictures (By Luca Gorini): CLICCA QUI
Ramello Elia