Moriwaki Althea Honda’s Leon Camier and Ryuichi Kiyonari took advantage of the mild temperatures and sunny conditions which blessed the opening day of the Italian WorldSBK round, the riders and technicians alike working hard to adapt the setup of the bikes to the technical and challenging Imola racetrack.

By the end of the day, Leon had set the fifteenth fastest lap time in 1’48.528, improving on his morning’s performance by roughly eight tenths of a second.

Ryuichi also improved on his lap times over the two sessions, by almost a second, closing day one in sixteenth position with a fastest time of 1’49.099.

The two Moriwaki Althea Honda Team riders will be back on track tomorrow morning for the third and final practice at 9am, before the Superpole at 11am and Race1 at 2pm local time.

Leon Camier

Leon Camier 2

To be honest we are not that far away from the group in front. I think there are still a couple of little things we can do to improve the bike’s setup. I just hope the others don’t make another big step so that we can get closer tomorrow. We made some small improvements already this afternoon and were able to lower our lap times a little bit. We know that the weather forecast is looking a little uncertain for the next couple of days, Sunday especially, but I look forward to riding the bike in the rain, and we’ll see how it goes.

Moriwaki Althea Honda Team
Ryuichi Kiyonari

Ryuichi Kiyonari 23

Before today, I had only ridden at Imola on one other occasion, around ten years ago, and to be honest today was more difficult than I expected. The track is very technical and demanding. It took both sessions to get used to it again, but finally things got better and at the end of FP2 I was much more comfortable. We tried some different tyre compounds and worked hard on the bike setup. Hopefully tomorrow we will be able to take another step forward.

Moriwaki Althea Honda Team
Pirelli Italian Round

Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Italy

WorldSBK 2019, Round 5

Sunny / 23
Friday 10 May 2019, 19:04 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 23°C
  • Humidity: 41%
  • Ground Temp: 38°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jonathan Rea 1 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 1'46.374
2 Chaz Davies 7 GBR Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.155
3 Tom Sykes 66 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW +0.392
4 Alvaro Bautista 19 SPA Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.712
5 Toprak Razgatlioglu 54 TUR Turkish Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +0.750
6 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL Pata Yamaha Yamaha +0.840
7 Leon Haslam 91 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +1.045
8 Alex Lowes 22 GBR Pata Yamaha Yamaha +1.163
9 Lorenzo Zanetti ITA Motocorsa Racing Ducati +1.213
10 Michael Rinaldi 21 ITA BARNI Racing Team Ducati +1.264
11 Jordi Torres 81 SPA Team Pedercini Kawasaki +1.496
12 Marco Melandri 33 ITA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha +1.599
13 Markus Reiterberger 28 GER BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW +1.739
14 Sandro Cortese 11 GER GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Yamaha +2.083
15 Leon Camier 2 GBR Moriwaki Althea Honda Team Honda +2.154
16 Ryuichi Kiyonari 23 JPN Moriwaki Althea Honda Team Honda +2.725
17 Hector Barbera 80 SPA Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki +2.900
18 Alessandro Delbianco 52 ITA Althea Mie Racing Team Honda +3.689
19 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR Team Go Eleven Ducati +5.373