Kawasaki and Johnny Rea are ready for the Portuguese SBK round, it’s true, but so is Aruba Ducati. Particularly Scott Redding. The number 45 rider was the Northern Irishman’s only real rival at Aragón. The Motorland race 2 winner is feeling confident and can’t wait to get out on track.

Also because he wants to make up for the difficult moments of 2020. As he himself says: "I liked the Estoril Circuit a lot last season even though the results don't seem to confirm this feeling. The crash in Superpole and a technical issue in Race 1, however, were two determining factors. During the Superpole Race and Race 2 the feeling was really very positive. The race pace has always been very good and I hope that already from Friday we can make progress".

Michael Ruben Rinaldi struggled in Spain, but could do well this weekend, at the track where he made his Aruba Factory debut last autumn: "We've had an uphill start to the championship. We can use this very close round to turn the page immediately, and I will work hard with my team to make it happen. I am very motivated and I want to make up for the negative results obtained in Aragon. We will start from scratch, giving it our all right from Friday's free practice".

Translated by Heather Watson

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