Round six of the 2021 Superbike World Championship is now underway at Autodrom Most in the Czech Republic. The MIE Racing Honda Team is on track with Italian rider Alessandro Delbianco stepping in for Leandro ‘Tati’ Mercado who has tested positive for Covid-19 and is therefore unable to participate.
Encouraged by the progress made at the recent Assen round, the team were keen to make a solid start at what is a new circuit for almost the entire WorldSBK field. The morning’s first free practice provided a first opportunity to get an idea of the track layout as Delbianco got back into the swing of a WorldSBK race weekend, having last competed in this championship in 2019. By the end of this opening phase, the young Italian was lying twenty-first with a best of 1’36.077
Light rain began to fall just as the afternoon’s second practice was about to begin. Most of the Superbike field, Delbianco included, spent the best part of the session in the garage, but riders did head out in the final stages, albeit in wet conditions. With no one able to improve on their morning’s references, Delbianco consolidated twenty-first place at the end of this first day of action.