Part 1: WorldSBK quotes from Misano, Italy

Reaction from the paddock following round 3 of the MOTUL FIM World Superbike Championship

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Round 3 of the MOTUL FIM World Superbike Championship was full of ups and downs for the paddock. Some riders secured their first victories of 2021 whilst others had a weekend to forget.

Read on to see what the grid had to say about their weekend…

Toprak Razgatlioglu – PATA Brixx Yamaha

“Today [Sunday] I’m really happy! This weekend we are working very hard for the good bike; two races, two second, but for the last race I say, ‘I need to win’, because I say ‘enough’. Second, second, second; I need the first win and I’m really happy today because I’m the rider, but also important [to say] the bike and my team did a great job this weekend.”

Jonathan Rea – Kawasaki Racing Team

“In the second race I went with the ‘C’ rear tyre, the harder option, that I used in Estoril. With the temperature going up on the shoulder of the tyre I was missing a little bit of stability. Then from there I sacrificed a little bit of edge grip. I knew in the beginning I was maybe going to also sacrifice a little bit of turning but as the race went on I felt like I could still keep my brake performance, which I could. Congratulations to Toprak and Michael they had awesome races. I went all-in in race two and had some warning but was able to back-it off a little bit and consolidate a podium.”

Michael Rinaldi – Aruba.It Ducati

“I’m very happy with this weekend: we just missed the icing on the cake. But I must admit that – in race two – Toprak and the Yamaha were better than us and that’s why I want to congratulate them. I gave my best trying to chase the victory but in the last laps, I took a high risk and then I decided to bring home this very important second place. It’s a very important step forward.”

Image: Ducati Corse

Scott Redding – Aruba.It Ducati

“It was a very difficult weekend for me. Today [Sunday] we were able to improve a little bit the feeling with the bike compared to yesterday [Saturday] but it was not enough to be able to reach the podium. Honestly, in the first laps of the Superpole race, I thought I could fight with Jonny [Rea] in an incisive way, while in race two I felt I had no grip with the front tire. The season, however, is still long and I hope to be much more competitive in Donington.”

Alex Lowes – Kawasaki Racing Team

“This weekend we struggled in the hotter conditions to really find the feeling we wanted. In the Superpole race I felt a little bit better so we made a change for the second race, with the balance of the bike a bit more forward. But it looks like when the track temperature arrived above 50°C I was really struggling to carry corner speed after maybe six or seven laps. It was a shame because after 12 or 13 laps I could see Garrett Gerloff catching me and I had no chance to battle with him. Misano, in these hot sunny conditions, is a special place. I feel a lot better prepared now for other tracks if we have hot temperatures, as we have more experience on the Kawasaki.”

Image: Luca Gorini

Chaz Davies – GoEleven Ducati

“Unfortunately not a good weekend and not a good day at all! In the Superpole Race I thought like we had maybe improved the bike a little bit, for what I felt from the Warm Up lap, so I was charged up for the race. I had a good start, but crashed and landed very hard on my shoulder. I tried to recover the best condition possible between the two races to reduce my pain, but I knew it would have been really tough. I had no power on the right corners. The left was ok, but the right was very difficult. I did a few laps and the pain kept increasing. It just made no sense to continue. Now I will do a shoulder check and have a rest for a couple of days and hopefully be ok for Donington!”

Tom Sykes – Motorrad BMW

“It was a difficult race for me and we learned a lot on the back of it now, so we keep working now. After another test we are going for the next round to Donington. I would like to think we’ve got the package to fight for the race there. We need to get on top of the little issues which we have got, so we hope for another step forward with the BMW M 1000 RR. For now there will be a disappointing end of the weekend here at Misano, but we pick ourselves up and try to move on.”

Words: Daniel Blackham Lead Image: Yamaha Motor Europe