Avintia Esponsorama and Sky VR46 Avintia completed the first day of the Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, where rain was the main protagonist at the Misano circuit.

Enea Bastianini was 12th in the combined free practice times with a time of 1:33.314 achieved in the morning, as most of the practice has been held in dry conditions. In the second free practice, the Italian suffered a crash without consequences and, due to the rain, like the other riders, he did not improve his lap times.

Luca Marini finished the first day 23rd with a best time of 1:34.037. The Sky VR46 Avintia rider worked on the set-up and, step by step, improved his feeling on the bike.

Tomorrow at 9:55am the third practice of the premier class will start, followed by the fourth free practice and the Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini qualifying.

“It was a difficult day. We had a good start and immediately I felt pretty good on the bike. I didn’t feel quite comfortable under braking, so that’s something we’ll have to work on tomorrow. It rained in the afternoon, so I took it easy. We’ll keep working tomorrow, but overall it was a good start.”

“Today was definitely one of the hardest days of the season as I didn’t find the feeling I was looking for in the dry or in the wet. We couldn’t do much work, FP1 finished earlier than planned and FP2 was in wet conditions. Tomorrow we will have to make some changes to the bike because it’s difficult for me and I can’t do what I want to do. We will keep working to find a solution.”