Bad weather conditions influence the first day of free practice at the Tissot Czech round, sixth event of the 2021 WorldSBK season.
After the FP1 held in dry conditions, the rain starts to fall heavily at the beginning of FP2 and the two Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team riders (as well as other colleagues) decide not to take to the track. For Scott Redding and Michael Ruben Rinaldi, the appointment is for tomorrow morning's FP3 (at 9.00 CEST) when the weather seems to exclude the risk of new storms.
Scott Redding is immediately at ease on the new circuit and is the fastest for most of the session, closing in third place using the same rear tire (20 laps in total).
Some more difficulties for Michael Rinaldi who after a good start is not able to make progress. The Italian rider tries the softer rear tire but the effects are not the desired ones.
- FP1 Results & Combined Standings
P1 - T. Razgatlioglu (Yamaha) 1'33.022
P2 - A. Lowes (Kawasaki) + 0.600
P3 - S. Redding (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati) + 0.641
P4 - M. Fritz (Yamaha) + 0.787
P5 - A. Locatelli (Yamaha) + 0.839
P13 - M. Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati) + 1.506
Scott Redding (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #45)
"The day started quite well. The feeling with the bike was positive this morning and I was able to ride consistently with a convincing race pace. In the afternoon, then, there were no conditions to get on track. I really hope to be able to race tomorrow on a dry track".
Michael Rinaldi (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #21)
"The start of FP1 was quite positive. Unfortunately, though, when I tried to get back on track with the soft tire I couldn't make a significant step. The goal for FP2 was to continue and improve the work done in FP1. For this reason, we decided not to go on track in wet conditions".