The eleventh round of the Superbike World Championship is now in progress at the Autodromo Internacional Algarve in Portimao, Portugal. For Kawasaki Puccetti Racing and rider Tito Rabat, the goal is to continue improving the setup of their Ninja and fight for the points zone in the races.
This morning, in sunny conditions, the Spaniard completed the first free practice in twenty-third place with a time of 1’43”741. In the afternoon’s second session and despite a crash, Rabat lowered his earlier time by almost a second, a best of 1’42”910 placing him twenty-second in the combined standings.
Tomorrow morning the rider will be out for FP3 and Superpole, before lining up for the first of the weekend’s WorldSBK races.
Autodromo Internacional Algarve – Portimao – Portugal
Superbike World Championship
Combined free practice results: 1) Bautista (Ducati) – 2) Gerloff (BMW) – 3) Rinaldi (Ducati) – 4) Rea (Kawasaki) – 5) Gardner (Yamaha) – 6) Vand der Mark (BMW) ……… …….. 22) Rabat (Kawasaki)
“Today we worked really hard in both sessions. I crashed during the afternoon’s practice but was fortunately unhurt. We tested various solutions and didn’t use the soft tyre, choosing to concentrate on our race pace instead. I set my fastest time on used tyres and that bodes really well ahead of tomorrow. I’m pleased with my work and optimistic as we head towards the races. A big thanks to my team.”