Testing is underway again for 2016, with the Pata Yamaha and Aruba.it Ducati teams the first bikes to hit the track ahead of the new season. The two teams held a two-day private test at Portimao, to shake out the cobwebs and get ready for the season which is to come. The teams now move to Jerez, where they will be joined by more of the WSBK field for a test on 26th and 27th January.
The press releases issued by Yamaha and Ducati appear below:
Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team Concludes Successful Portimão Test
Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team has concluded its first two-day test of 2016 successfully at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve in Portugal with both Alex Lowes and Sylvain Guintoli undertaking valuable work with their YZF-R1's.
Initially worried about the rehabilitation of his left shoulder, Lowes confidently set 116 laps over the past two days. While his normal aggressive style was restricted due to his less-than-perfect mobility, the track-time ensured he continued to progress with his new WorldSBK-spec Yamaha ahead of the championship's opening round next month.
Press releases from the series organizers and some of the teams after Monday's World Superbike test at Portimao:
The majority of the World Superbike field stayed on at Portimao for an official one-day test at the Portuguese circuit, taking advantage of the limited testing opportunities the WSBK riders have this year. Ducati's Davide Giugliano leaves the test as quickest, putting in a very quick lap at the very end of testing to finish three tenths ahead of yesterday's double race winner Jonathan Rea. Rea kept just ahead of his Kawasaki teammate Tom Sykes, while Leon Haslam set the fourth quickest time on the Aprilia.
The Suzuki team made good use of much-needed test time to work on setting up the electronics. Improvements were clearly visible: Alex Lowes ended the day 5th quickest, but more importantly, was around a second faster than during the races yesterday. Teammate Randy De Puniet set the 14th best time, but was also three quarters of a second quicker than he was on Sunday.
Press releases from the series organizers and the World Superbike and World Supersport teams after the Portuguese round of WSBK:
The first race of the second half of the season, number fourteen of twenty-six, would not suffer from the bad weather that caused drama in the opening race.
Both men having won here before, and the weather having dried up, the battle between Jules Cluzel and Kenan Sofuoglu would continue unabated for 18 laps at the Algarve Circuit. Sofuoglu would be hunting a record-breaking fifth win in a row, while Cluzel would just be looking to get his title challenge back on track.
Clouds loomed near a windy Algarve circuit as the riders prepared to start the first of their two 20 lap races. Rain wasn't forecast, but that's never stopped it before.
Press releases from the series organizers and teams after qualifying for tomorrow's World Superbike round at Portimao:
World Supersport qualifying was marred by a red flag as oil was dumped on the racing line halfway through, but it didn't stop the qualifying from coming down to the usual suspects.
Superpole took place in clear, warm 31ºC weather in Portugal.
In the untimed session before Superpole, Leon Haslam recorded the quickest time of the weekend with both him and Tom Sykes beating Jonathan Rea's provisional pole time from earlier.
Jules Cluzel leads Kenan Sofuoglu while PJ Jacobsen settles in on the Honda, outqualifying Kyle Smith and Gino Rea on similar machinery.
In the final timed session, Jonathan Rea only just kept Davide Giugliano from the top spot, with his Kawasaki teammate Tom Sykes also under a twentieth second off the quickest time. The Ducatis of Giugliano and Chaz Davies, sixth quickest behind the Aprilias of Jordi Torres and Leon Haslam, were the fastest bikes through the speed trap, regularly posting speeds of 308km/h.
Everyone but Alex Lowes was able to improve on their times from yesterday, and once again the only bikes not in Superpole are the Toth BMWs.