Rinaldi, 24, shocked the WSBK institution throughout the first race of final weekend’s second Aragon spherical on Saturday, as he noticed off five-time champion Rea to attain an emphatic first victory aboard the satellite tv for pc Go Eleven Ducati Panigale V4 R.
The Italian rider, who had by no means beforehand completed within the high three of a WSBK race, then adopted that up with third place in Sunday’s Superpole race after which second within the remaining encounter of the weekend, dropping out in a decent battle with Rea.
With Chaz Davies’ future on the Italian marque removed from sure, Rea believes Rinaldi has earned the possibility to associate Scott Redding on the manufacturing facility Ducati squad in 2021, particularly as he bested the ex-MotoGP rider in each the weekend’s full-length races.
“He deserves it now,” mentioned Rea when requested if he felt Rinaldi was able to take the step as much as manufacturing facility equipment. “To win so convincingly, and to be faster than the factory bikes… I don’t know the spec of his machine, but I can’t imagine it’s exactly the same.
“He’s finished a terrific job. You know if you discover some magic, final weekend [in the first Aragon round] in Race 2 I discovered some magic and [on Saturday] he discovered the magic. And it was utterly unbeatable.
“When you get beat like that, and the guy is dominant, and there are no excuses, you can’t be happy but you can accept it and admire the race he did.”
Speaking after his win on Saturday, Rinaldi refused to immediately tackle the subject of his future, however made a degree of thanking those who had saved religion in him after what he described as a “terrible” rookie season with the Barni Ducati squad final 12 months.
“I think I’m very fortunate because there are people behind me that always believe in me,” he mentioned. “Even if last year was a terrible year, those people always believed in me, helped me and that’s why we are here. I can’t say much more.”
Rinaldi additionally credited adjustments in his “training, diet and my mindset” along with his turnaround in type after a 2019 season that yielded solely two top-five finishes and thirteenth within the factors.
“Before I was really always working every day but I think you need also to enjoy yourself as a young rider, as a young person,” he defined. “Sometimes you need to not think always about racing but also take your time [for yourself].
“I believe that was the important thing as a result of was relaxed, I used to be prepared, and that was I believe a superb mentality. And, after all, the bike is working very nicely.”
Michael Ruben Rinaldi, Team Goeleven
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