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Badovini Opens With 13th Overall, 2nd in Evo Class on Day One

2014 World Superbike Championship

Round 7, Riviera di Rimini, Misano World Circuit

Friday 20th June – Practice and qualifying

Team Bimota Alstare rider Ayrton Badovini completed the first day of practice and qualifying at Misano with a comfortable 13th position overall. Were it not for a problem on his fast lap this afternoon, Ayrton would have been knocking on the door of the top ten. His team mate, Christian Iddon, who was making his debut at the track, ended 21st after suffering technical problems in today’s first session.

Ayrton Badovini – 13th (overall), 2nd (EVO class)

“I am really happy because my feeling with the bike is much better today. Also, the feeling of the front end is getting better and that makes the bike easier to ride. Although I am happy, I am not completely satisfied because a rider got in my way on my fast lap and that prevented me from going quicker. Without that problem, maybe I could’ve finished inside the top ten and that would’ve been pretty good for the first day.

It’s great to be racing ‘at home’ again and the feeling is especially good because the Bimota factory is very close by. The BB3 is already a very good bike, but it has a lot more potential and hopefully we can improve the bike even more tomorrow and get some great results for the team, our fans and all the Bimota followers.”

Christian Iddon – 21st (overall), 9th (EVO class)

“This is my first time here and so I needed to put in a lot of laps and learn the track. Unfortunately we had some electrical glitches in the morning session and I wasn’t able to do many laps. The afternoon session was interrupted by a couple of red flags, so it was difficult to get a good rhythm and go for it.

I like the track – it’s small, but interesting and I think I’ve got it pretty much sorted. Once we’ve got a good set-up on the bike I’m sure I can lap a lot faster.