Italian Lorenzo Zanetti had his first outing at the Ridge today in preparation for this weekend’s races, which will be his first in the MotoAmerica Series. Photo by Paul Carruthers

Lorenzo Zanetti had his first taste of the Ridge Motorsports Park during Thursday’s Official Dunlop MotoAmerica Test, the Italian filling in for the injured PJ Jacobsen on the Celtic HSBK Ducati Panigale V4 R in this weekend’s Komatsu MotoAmerica Superbikes at the Ridge event – round five of the 2020 MotoAmerica Series.

Zanetti lapped at a best of 1:46.215 in the second session, which was almost three seconds quicker than his first session on Thursday morning. The second session was led by Monster Energy Attack Performance Yamaha’s Cameron Beaubier with his 1:41.084.

“It’s a strange track, not your typical track for a European rider,” Zanetti said after his second go at the track in Shelton, Washington. “It’s difficult to know some lines and to learn the track and some tire at the same time. I use Dunlop in the Argentine championship, but it’s different compounds. I adjust to understand everything and maybe start to close. Now I am working with Italy and the Ducati factory to help me from home on the phone – just to give me the best opportunity and the best bike for the race weekend.”

Zanetti, who is from Brescia in Italy, also competed in the World Supersport Championship, FIM Superstock 1000 Cup, as well as the 125cc World Championship.

“There are some things similar like Portimao in Portugal and Imola, but the big difference is there is no asphalt outside the corners,” Zanetti said when asked if the track reminded him of any he’s raced on previously. ”It’s old style, but it’s okay. I just need to understand the bike and the track.”