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Michael Ruben Rinaldi has won his first race as an official Ducati rider. The Italian made a very aggressive start, overtaking Jonathan Rea and Toprak Razgatlioglu, and then had an undeniable race pace that almost knocked the world champion to the ground for trying to chase him. Rinaldi exhibition in Misano.
Rea has saved a career that could have been terrible for him. He made an anthological save when he was chasing Rinaldi, and in the end he managed to rescue a third position on the podium that made him lose very few points with Razgatlioglu and increase the income with a disappointing Scott Redding.
Rea yields some points with Razgatlioglu, but saves a podium
At the exit Michael Ruben Rinaldi was very aggressive, passing both Jonathan Rea and Toprak Razgatlioglu, who had also passed the champion. In general, we saw the drivers being very aggressive with Rea because he had taken pole position and seemed like the big favorite for another new solo victory.
Rhea's pace was lightning, and it took him little time to hunt down Rinaldi. The leading duo easily distanced themselves from Scott Redding and Razgatlioglu, so there were two couples fighting for the different steps of the podium. Álvaro Bautista was in eighth position with the Honda CBR1000RR-R.
Twelve laps from the end a tremendous save from Rea. The champion was about to go to the ground, but he was making an epic recovery that allowed him to lose just one position. Now Razgatlioglu was second and Rinaldi had the victory in his pocket, four seconds ahead. Tito Rabat was fifteenth, holding Garrett Gerloff's attacks.
Razgatlioglu seemed to have Rea in control, so the leading positions were very consolidated. The emotion was for the sixth place between Tom Sykes and Álvaro Bautista, to see if the best BMW or the best Honda was ahead. The Spanish could not find the hole to overcome Sykes.
Axel Bassani was being the great revelation of the weekend, so much so that he was behind Bautista. In a very daring attack by the Spaniard, the two managed to overtake Sykes and take sixth and seventh position respectively. Gerloff had come back from the pits to twelfth position, while Rabat fought with Jonas Folger for the last point.
Victory for Rinaldi, the first since he became an official Ducati rider and the second in the Superbike World Championship. Completing the podium are Razgatlioglu and Rea, who maintains the leadership of the world championship and saves some good points in a race in which he could perfectly finish on the ground. Redding has only been fourth.