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.
Guintoli worked with his Pata Yamaha crew on a variety of settings-work including new Öhlins front forks, the new specification engine and electronics strategies, completing 90 laps of the rollercoaster circuit in the process.
Focusing on development for the first few rounds of competition rather than ultimate lap time, the Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team now moves on to Spain's Circuito de Jerez for a further two-day test at the Andalucían track from Tuesday 26th January.
"It has been nice to get out on the bike, especially after a difficult winter, and we've started to really work. We've had a lot of new parts to test but our main focus has been electronics and trying to find a good chassis setting that suits me. My shoulder was ok-ish! It was a little better yesterday than today, but I'm hoping a couple of days rest will do it good and I'll be able to ride more properly in Jerez. Thanks to the team, there were some areas that I struggled with the last time I rode the YZF-R1 which were much better this time, so they have worked really hard over the winter, so thanks to them for that! We have had a few hurdles, but it was good, I really enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to getting to Jerez and continuing to work hard."
"It's been a good test so far, with a lot of new parts and a detailed programme to work through. It has been an interesting couple of days and it's great to be able to try the new parts both at Portimão and Jerez, with such different track characteristics. Yesterday was quite damp in the morning and the work we have been doing has been quite in-depth, with a lot of time spent configuring and changing parts and settings, so we haven't concentrated on lap times or lap numbers, but the information and progress has been good. The new swing arm and forks have been positive, so we will now continue to work on the settings to get the best from these, with more focus on progressing the electronics when we get to Spain."
The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team starts its 2016 campaign with a two-day test in Portimão
After the customary winter break, the Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team kicked off its on-track activities for 2016 with a two-day test in Portimão. Both Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano completed their respective programs, posting encouraging lap times.
Davies and Giugliano completed a total of 119 and 77 laps respectively on the 2016 specification of the Panigale R, laying the foundations in terms of a base setup for the upcoming season. As for the latest upgrades, the Welshman and the Italian gave a positive feedback on both chassis and electronics, focusing primarily on the new Ohlins front forks and the latest versions of anti-spin and engine-brake strategies.
The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team will return to the track on January 26-27 in Jerez de la Frontera (Spain).
Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #7), 1’42.7
“In the first day, we focused entirely on the new electronics, especially considering that we only had half a day of track time since the tarmac was humid in the beginning. We’ve found some advantages compared with 2015, but we still have some tweaks to make. Also, we confirmed that we’re heading in the right direction with the new fork. Today, we wrapped up the session with a race simulation, which we learned a lot from. In general, we worked methodically, without rushing anything, to understand the new parts. I’m definitely satisfied and ready to move forward in Jerez.”
Davide Giugliano (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #34), 1’43.6
“We tried several upgrades in these first two days, focusing on setup. Physically, I feel good and I’m getting back into my best shape. Also, we’re working well together with my new technicians, using a different method compared with what I was used to, and I’m sure it’ll pay off. We’re in the process of defining the complete package, taking steps in the right direction. We’ll make further evaluations in Jerez, then we’ll draw more definitive conclusions in Australia.”
Ernesto Marinelli – Superbike Project Director
“In these first couple of days of 2016 we focused on the new Ohlins forks, available in their final specification, and the latest electronic upgrades developed during the winter. Despite the long break, both Davies and Giugliano are on top form, and we managed to quickly achieve the same competitiveness shown during the post-race tests here in Portimão last June. Our work has just begun and we will move forward with the program in a couple of days’ time in Jerez. Phillip Island is quickly approaching and we have to prepare ourselves properly.”