Press releases from the organizers and WSBK and WSS teams after the first day of practice at Sepang:
Sepang Day 1
Savadori Fastest on Friday
Rookie tops the timesheets as Sykes heads to Tissot-Superpole 1
IodaRacing rider Lorenzo Savadori went quickest on Friday at Sepang International Circuit, beating Honda's Nicky Hayden to the top spot by just over two tenths of a second in the final minutes of the second practice session. Kawasaki rider Tom Sykes finds himself outside the top ten on Day 1 and heading through Tissot-Superpole 1 after heading the field in the morning.
Kawasaki Racing Team pairing Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea were fastest in FP1 as times quickly tumbled, with the KRT duo taking the top spots from Honda WorldSBK team riders Nicky Hayden and Michael van der Mark in the last few minutes of the first session. FP1 saw Ducati riders Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano out of position on the timesheets outside the top ten, with FP2 left for the Aruba.it pairing to make sure they would graduate to Tissot-Superpole 2.
Leading that charge to Superpole was Aprilia rider Savadori, with the Italian rider putting in a last lap dash to go quickest near the end of the day's action in FP2. IodaRacing rider Savadori, who has been gaining confidence throughout his rookie season, managed a gap of 0.216 above Sepang veteran but fellow WorldSBK rookie Nicky Hayden after the American put in a series of quick laps.
Markus Reiterberger was another quick rookie on Day 1, with the Althea BMW rider coming home in P3 ahead of Yamaha’s Alex Lowes. Aruba.it Racing – Ducati rider Davide Giugliano was the fastest Ducati on Day 1 in P5 after improving his FP1 pace, ahead of second Althea BMW rider Jordi Torres. Dutch Honda rider Michael van der Mark was seventh fastest on the opening day, ahead of Imola double winner and second Aruba.it rider Chaz Davies.
Anthony West, riding for Pedercini as replacement for injured Sylvain Barrier, was ninth after FP2 and consequently graduates straight through to Tissot-Superpole 2 in an incredibly impressive first contact with both the bike and newly resurfaced track. The Australian rider eventually went quicker than reigning Champion Jonathan Rea, who ended the day in P10.
Rea, who was second fastest in the morning, just made it through to Superpole 2, edging out teammate Tom Sykes for the last place in the top ten. Rea spent the morning circulating in a similar place on the timesheets until a last lap push saw him move up to P2, however the afternoon session saw the Championship leader under more pressure. Sykes, who had been fastest in the morning, is the big name sent through Superpole 1. The Yorkshireman has a fantastic qualifying record at Sepang International Circuit however, and could even benefit from the extra track time afforded by Superpole 1 as riders get to grips with the new asphalt in Malaysia.
FP3 begins on Saturday at 10:45 local time (GMT +8), before Tissot-Superpole at 13:30 ahead of Race 1 at 16:00.
WorldSBK - Sepang Day 1
Lorenzo Savadori IodaRacing 2:03.951
Nicky Hayden Honda World Superbike Team +0.216
Markus Reiterberger Althea BMW Racing Team +0.288
Sepang Round FP, Savadori sets the best lap time, De Angelis is 12th
Sepang May 13, 2016 - The first day of practice at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia for the sixth weekend of the 2016 season in the Superbike races, was closed in very positive way to the Iodaracing Team thanks to the best absolute time clocked by Lorenzo Savadori at the end of FP2.
The novice rider in the Superbike and the Superstock 1000reignin Champion, is demonstrating a surprising ability to adapt to the new category evidencing a brilliant management of the sessions. Savadori has worked with the team to continuously improve the performance of his Aprilia RSV4RF, managing to get the best time just a few minutes left in the time available for FP2. The rider of the Team Iodaracing that did not run in Malaysia since 2008, when he still ran in the 125 class, he got, in addition to direct access in Superpole 2, the best time on the new Sepang asphalt with 2.03.951. The good performance achieved in the "free practice" will not rest Iodaracing Team and Aprilia engineers who follow Savadori. The priority now is to get a good position in SP2 and resolve difficulties in the second half of the race, as found in the previous rounds .
Difficult, however, for Alex De Angelis. The San Marino rider has accused two different technical difficulties in the free practice sessions played today at the Sepang circuit, which slowed him. Particularly in FP2 De Angelis he was unable to peacefully conduct his work program on his Aprilia RSV4RF for some gear jamming that did not allow him to get more of the twelfth fastest time set in 2.05.153, just a few tenths from access to Superpole2.
LORENZO SAVADORI # 32 - 2.03.951 - SEPANG ROUND FP2 - "Definitely see your name in front of all in the time sheet is very satisfying, and I entered immediately in Superpole 2 too on a track that had not raced for years and that for me is really unknown. But we must be realistic, we are doing our job for the race so my priority is to improve the second half of the race and this is the real challenge for us. I want to share my satisfaction for the best time of today with Iodaracing Team and Aprilia, and I want to say thanks to them for the work they are doing and for the help they are giving me sharing their big experience, especially here in Malaysia. For me this track is made even more treacherous by the new asphalt because in these conditions there is not a real line to follow, and then because I miss from Sepang since 2008, when I was racing in 125cc and riding the RSV4RF SBK, all is new for me here and having obtained the best time of the day is a great satisfaction".
ALEX DE ANGELIS # 15 - 2.05.153 - SEPANG ROUND FP2 - "I am very disappointed by my free practice this morning because I had to stop for a loss of fluids and this slowed me down, then in the second session in mid turn I had some gearbox problems which then got worse making me stop in the pit boxfor long time. The situation is a bit hard for me, because with a little luck I could be in Superpole 2, but it did not succeed. The new asphalt of Sepang track is great, as you can already see from the times of today, I would say that there is room for further improvement in the coming days ".
Althea BMW Racing Team effectively manages day 1 at Sepang
Sepang (Malaysia), Friday 13 May 2016
A first day at the Sepang International Circuit conditioned, as expected, by very hot conditions but the high temperatures did not prove to be a stumbling block for the Althea BMW Racing Team, that was able to effectively manage both the weather conditions and the new Malaysian track surface to close day 1 in third place with Markus Reiterberger, a ‘rookie’ at the Malaysian track, and sixth with Jordi Torres.
In the morning’s first timed practice, riders had a first opportunity to evaluate the track conditions and, with a track temperature of 43°C, the two Althea BMW riders were immediately comfortable on the new asphalt. Markus Reiterberger, here in Malaysia for the first time, used the session to get to grips with the layout. Despite his lack of experience at Sepang, the young German was quickly able to set some fast times, concluding fifth thanks to a time of 2’06.552. At the end of the opening session, Jordi Torres (on the podium here last year) concluded with the seventh fastest time, a 2’07.147.
At 1.30pm local time, the Althea BMW men were back on track for session two of timed practice. In the opening stages, all riders soon improved on their morning’s best times but it was Reiterberger who immediately took the lead, the first rider to duck under 2’05, setting a 2’04.854. Thanks to a fast time of 2’04.312 recorded ten minutes before the end, Torres too was temporarily able to lead the pack this afternoon.
After a very positive first day, the Althea BMW riders concluded third (Reiterberger – 2’04.239) and sixth (Torres – 2’04.312), both qualifying easily for tomorrow’s Superpole 2.
“I’ve had a really good day and have really enjoyed riding my BMW here. In session one I carried out some useful tests and was able to improve a lot from the first to the second session. In the second practice, with new tyres, I was up at the front for a while and then I also made a long-run. It started to rain a little mid-session but that soon stopped so in the last ten minutes everyone went back out to improve their times. I’m pleased with third, but also a little disappointed because I know I could have done a faster lap but I had a small problem during my fast lap and then came across traffic on the next one. But third is a good start and I’m feeling very confident for tomorrow.”
“Today went quite well, and it seems that the track suits the BMW. The new asphalt is strange though, as it rained yesterday and this morning there was still water on the track, despite the high temperatures it doesn’t dry! Also, the new surface consumes the tyres more than last year. Making a fast lap is relatively easy, but completing the whole race with consistent pace will be a different matter. Tomorrow we’ll try a slightly different set-up to see if we can find a better solution for the tyre wear, and then I hope to be able to complete two competitive races.”
Davide Giugliano and Chaz Davies in 5th and 8th position respectively Friday in Sepang
The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team took it to the track once again in Sepang (Malaysia) for the sixth round of the WorldSBK championship. The circuit on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur recently underwent extensive renovations and was somewhat difficult to interpret early on as there was virtually no rubber on the new asphalt, which hindered grip and consequently speed. Lap after lap, however, the overall performance progressively improved and both Giugliano and Davies managed to take about 2.5 seconds off between FP1 and FP2, closing in 5th and 8th position respectively, 0.344 and 0.527 behind the provisional best time of 2:03.951.
Both riders focused the work with their crews on the chassis to adapt the Panigale R to the new surface and especially the modified banking in different corners, but also evaluated several compounds brought by Pirelli for the occasion. Giugliano and Davies will be back on track at 10:45 local time (CET +6) tomorrow to make the final adjustments ahead of Superpole 2 (13:55), to which both gained direct access.
Davide Giugliano (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #34) – 2:04.295 (5th)
“The last time I lapped in Sepang was in 2014, and the track has improved a lot since then in terms of overall smoothness of the surface, but the new asphalt still hasn’t that much rubber on and is difficult to gauge. Some areas also stay wet quite a while after rainfalls, and it’s not easy to see them because the new surface is dark, but we’re all on the same boat. I’m happy because we’ve been quite constant and managed to make steps forward each time we went out, but the tyres face a big drop after about 5 laps and we need to understand how to manage them over race distance. I feel in good shape and I think we got progressively closer to the front, now it will be crucial to fulfill our potential after a few difficult races.”
Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #7) – 2:04.478 (8th)
“Today the track conditions were difficult. The new surface represents a challenge for everyone. At first there was hardly any grip and it was not easy to spot the areas that stay wet, but we’re also still just finding our way. We simply need to work on the bike and improve the setting, especially to make it turn better. We have a couple of reasonably good ideas, which have worked in the past, so we’re going to make some changes and see how it plays out tomorrow. We’ve been quite consistent today, but tyre wear remains a crucial variable and we’ll need find the optimal compromise to make sure we are competitive from beginning to end.”
Second place for Hayden in opening day of action at Sepang
Round 6 – Malaysia
Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia
Nicky Hayden and Michael van der Mark got an encouraging start to the Malaysian WorldSBK round by finishing in second and seventh places, respectively, in the combined classification of today’s two free practice sessions contested at the Sepang International Circuit. Therefore, the Honda WorldSBK duo will begin their battle for pole position directly from Superpole 2, which is scheduled for tomorrow at 13:55 local time (GMT +8).
The morning session saw Hayden and van der Mark in third and fourth places after sitting pretty in first and second until the very final minute of track action. The Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP machine proved to be competitive straight away on the track which only three weeks ago was fully resurfaced with changes made to the camber of some corners.
With dark clouds getting closer to the circuit, free practice 2 started in dry conditions but halfway into the session, drops of rain started to fall on sector two, which forced the majority of riders back into the pits. The rain stopped quite quickly, meaning riders could make the most of the remaining thirty minutes of track time before the chequered flag. In the very last part of the session, Nicky logged a 2’04.167 which helped him move all the way up to the front, before the American was displaced by Savadori in the final seconds. Van der Mark also improved his position and, with a 2’04.385 lap-time, he was 0.434secs off the lead, although only two tenths of a second away from his teammate.
Nicky Hayden 69
2nd / 2'04.167
We started off very well this morning, the bike felt great immediately and it was moving less off line in a lot of places. The team did a great job today, as every little tweak we made was in the right direction, even though the bike set-up didn’t really need any major change. It would have been nice to be the fastest, but at the end it’s only Friday. Regardless, we did some good laps and the long run we did in the second session went well. We’ll see how it goes tomorrow, because we have a relatively short morning practice and another short qualifying session tomorrow before race one.
Michael van der Mark 60
7th / 2'04.385
This morning we went out on track not knowing what to expect, as the whole circuit has been recently resurfaced. We had to find out how it was and in some areas it was quite tricky, because water was seeping through the asphalt. I immediately got a good feeling with the bike and step by step we were able to get quicker. This afternoon we made some small changes, nothing major really, and I felt I could have been faster in my last outing before the chequered flag. Nevertheless, I’m happy with the bike and how it well it handles; the only thing we need to work on is our race pace, to make sure the tyre can last until the end.
It was a really positive day. Despite having to get used to the new surface, both riders were able to stay in the top 5 in the morning session and the settings chosen were clearly working very well. We went back to the kind of set-up we had used in Thailand and from there we started with some little adjustments. They went separate ways concerning the front tyre, the duration of which is going to be crucial for the races. In the afternoon, Nicky was again very fast and until the very end it looked like he could have stayed at the top, but nevertheless he showed great form and he is happy with his position. Michael got into a little bit of a battle with Jonathan (Rea) on his last flying lap and that didn’t allow him to improve his time and be further up the timesheets. He is just a couple of tenths away from his teammate and that’s not bad at all.
Rea And Sykes Work On Race Performance At Sepang
On a completely resurfaced track at Sepang in Malaysia KRT riders Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes finished combined qualifying in tenth and 11th places respectively, as they concentrated their efforts on preparing for race one on Saturday afternoon rather than posting one fast lap time today.
With several other riders putting in soft tyres at the end of the first day, to try and get into Superpole 2 directly, Rea and Sykes preferred to work in their own way with race pace settings, to ensure they are fast over full race distance on the latest model Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R.
After the first experience of the resurfaced and reprofiled asphalt at the 5.543km circuit in Sepang for all riders it has proved to be grippy, at the possible expense of accelerated tyre wear.
Hence both KRT riders worked right to the end of their available track time on Friday on finding a full race set-up, rather than go for one fast time on fresh tyres towards the end of the second hour.
The session finished just before a wet weather front came in and soaked the track, with thunder and lightning – and a few light spots of rain here and there - the backdrop to the end of the ever-changing second practice session.
Now Tom will go forward to Superpole 1, where he will ride to join Rea and the rest of today’s top ten in Superpole 2. This session will determine the final grid positions for race one on Saturday. The first 16-lap race of the weekend will be held at 16.00 local time in Malaysia.
Jonathan Rea stated: “I am good in the first split time and not so good in the middle two. We focused on using the harder tyre because I think for everybody it is quite a gamble to use the softer tyre on this new tarmac. It seems all the times in front were set on the softer tyres. So we are not panicking and just working for the race. Everything feels fine. We learned quite a lot today because we worked with the bike quite a lot – electronically we changed some things. Our consistency seems quite good it is just that the surface here is bringing a good lap time with the softer tyres.”
Tom Sykes stated: “We focused a lot more on durability and endurance today and I am very happy with our pace considering where we still need to improve. I think we have a good pace over distance. We sacrificed positions in qualifying to get that but it is not the end of the world. We just have to do three extra laps in Superpole tomorrow. I think we are prepared better for the race now after we made a small change, so it was better to understand that that than to put in a new tyre and go for a lap time. If we had done that we would probably have had two more question marks for tomorrow’s race. A 15-minute session on Saturday makes it very tricky to judge your race performance.”
Stand in rider for the injured Sylvain Barrier, Anthony West (Pedercini Racing Team Kawasaki), had a standout first day, going ninth overall and proving to be the fastest Kawasaki rider. Another Aussie, Josh Hook (Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki) was 18th. Gianluca Vizziello (Go Eleven Team Kawasaki) was 19th and Dominic Schmitter (Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki) 20th. Saeed Al Sulaiti (Pedercini Racing Team Kawasaki) placed 23rd.
Positive Pace for Lowes in Sepang Practice
Alex Lowes took his Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK YZF-R1 to fourth position in the combined times at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia today as the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship completed its first free practice sessions in the tropics. Qualifying directly for Saturday's Superpole 2 shoot-out, Lowes' best lap - a 2'04.262 - came in the final ten minutes of the afternoon's session, beating the darkening skies and rolling thunderstorms that threatened to interrupt proceedings.
The newly-resurfaced Sepang Circuit offered up multiple challenges to the Pata Yamaha Team as it set about data-capture and strategy management ahead of the weekend's two 16-lap races. With grip levels changing as almost every new lap was laid down, Lowes worked through numerous settings to refine the chassis balance on his YZF-R1 with a solid plan for more of the same come tomorrow's final practice session at 10:45 local time.
Saturday's schedule sees the British rider return to the 5,543m track for the afternoon with Superpole qualifying at 13:55 before the first Sepang WorldSBK race at 16:00.
4th / 2'04.262 / 29 laps
"Our best Friday position so far this season here at Sepang, as our raw pace and direction was better than it has been for the last few Fridays. We have also highlighted some areas today that definitely need to be improved for race distance, and I need to have more confidence on corner entry, but we have a clear plan now so let's get our heads down and see if we can improve for tomorrow. The new surface gave a really strange feeling at the start as it's unusual to progress by over 10 seconds during the day on a dry track! The damp patches and general grip has improved but let's see what happens tomorrow now it's rained so heavily."
Paul Denning - Team Principal
"We got lucky today in getting two dry sessions as the big thunderstorm and heavy rain arrived just after the chequered flag of FP2. We certainly missed Sylvain today and the additional information that he could have delivered at a track that he has gone so well at in the past, but Alex did a great job on a very tricky new surface which changed in its grip characteristic almost every outing. No mistakes, full commitment every lap and when it counted Alex put together a couple of very strong laps to get himself towards the top of the timesheets. When rear grip is good in the YZF-R1, as we have seen many times, the lap times come to the riders relatively easily - in fact they can be surprised by how fast they have gone - but we are still trying, with the help of the factory engineers who are in attendance this weekend, to find the best balance in the chassis and electronics to allow Alex to have better confidence on worn tyres. There is not much time to work on that before the first race tomorrow so it will be a case of some educated guesses, qualify as best we can and see what we can do when the lights go out tomorrow afternoon."
WorldSSP: Jacobsen Quickest on Day 1
2015 winner tops the timesheets after first track time in Malaysia
Last time WorldSSP raced at Sepang International Circuit it was American PJ Jacobsen who took the victory, and the Honda rider took P1 once more in 2016, this time on Friday. After a dry first session and rain hitting in the afternoon, those fastest in the morning are the riders graduating straight to Tissot-Superpole 2 on Saturday.
FP2 began slightly later than scheduled after a thunderstorm only minutes before the session was set to begin. With a wet track and little chance of improving lap times from FP1, riders were slow to venture out once the pits were open and the rain less heavy, and it was Assen winner Kyle Smith who was fastest in the wet. Local hero Zulfahmi Khairuddin was also impressive in the rain in P5, just behind PJ Jacobsen, Gino Rea and Kenan Sofuoglu, but with dry FP1 times to decide entry to Tissot-Superpole 2 it is American Jacobsen who leads the grid into the qualifying session.
Joining the 2015 WorldSSP winner in the top ten after Day 1 were reigning Champion Kenan Sofuoglu, title contender Jules Cluzel, ahead of his MV Agusta Reparto Corse teammate Lorenzo Zanetti, and rookie WorldSSP rider Randy Krummenacher who locked out the top 5 in front of Spanish rider Nico Terol. Gino Rea was also fast in the dry conditions earlier in the day and will go through to Tissot-Superpole 2 ahead of Ondrej Jezek, Zulfahmi Khairuddin and Federico Caricasulo.
Local hero Khairuddin will be happy to go straight through to Superpole 2 in his home race despite the weather conditions, and the home rider should be buoyed by good pace in both the wet and dry, ready to put on a show for the crowd come rain or shine for Sunday’s WorldSSP race.
Tissot-Superpole 1 for WorldSSP begins at 14:30 local time (GMT +8) on Saturday, before the lights go out at 14:20 for the Race on Sunday.
WorldSSP - Sepang Day 1
PJ Jacobsen Honda World Supersport Team 2:10.162
Kenan Sofuoglu Kawasaki Puccetti Racing +0.205
Jules Cluzel MV Agusta Reparto Corse +0.394
Smith fastest in wet Free Practice 2 at Sepang
Fri, 13 May 2016
CIA Landlord Insurance Honda’s Kyle Smith was fastest in the wet afternoon session at Sepang International Circuit. A thunderstorm just minutes before the session was scheduled to begin delayed proceedings slightly. Once the session was underway the riders were slow to emerge onto the track and, with no chance of improving on the dry lap times from the morning Free Practice 1, Kyle just missed out on entry to Superpole 2 in 11th position.
“Today was good in the wet, I had the pace, I’m always confident in the wet conditions. In the dry we were struggling to find the set up a little. We have lots to try tomorrow if it is dry and hopefully we’ll be a bit faster. The pace is there for the race so we’ll see how it goes.”
Hikari Okubo showed good pace throughout the day and is looking on course to score his first World Championship points qualifying 15th.
It was a solid day for young British rider Stefan Hill. He gave a much smoother, more controlled performance than of late, finishing the wet Free Practice 2 session in 16th position, 23rd overall.
Christoffer Bergman ended the day 19th, he went much better in the dry but put in enough laps in the wet session to prepare for the real possibility of a wet race on Sunday.
Simon Buckmaster, CIA Landlord Insurance Honda Team Manager:
“Kyle being fastest in FP2 is fantastic, it shows what great pace and wet set up he has. With hindsight we needed that bit more in the dry session to make the top 10 but I am confident Kyle will go through to Superpole 2 and achieve a good grid position to challenge for the podium in the race. It was a good day for Stefan, it’s all about rebuilding his confidence and his feel for the bike. Hikari is in a good position for scoring his first points and Christoffer will keep building in tomorrow's sessions and work for the best finish he can.”
Jacobsen leads day one in Malaysia
Round 6 – Malaysia
Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia
PJ Jacobsen has topped the timesheets on the opening day of action for the 2016 FIM Supersport World Championship at the Sepang International Circuit, where the sixth round of the season is currently underway. The standard bearer of the Honda WorldSSP Team was quickest in the morning’s first free practice session, which was held in dry conditions on the 5.543 Km, recently resurfaced Malaysian track, by clocking a 2’10.162 in his last attempt before the chequered flag.
Jacobsen also showed great form on board his Honda CBR600RR in this afternoon’s second free practice, the start of which was delayed due an incoming storm. The heavy rain of the first half of the session made sure the track stayed wet for the remaining thirty minutes of action, making it impossible for the riders to improve their FP1 times. Nevertheless, Jacobsen was second quickest courtesy of a 2’24.996 lap time set just before the end of free practice two.
Superpole 2 for the Malaysian round will begin tomorrow at 14:55 local time (GMT +8).
Patrick Jacobsen 2
1st / 2'10.162
I’m really happy because today we were able to be fast both in the dry and wet. This morning the track was quite greasy and dirty and it definitely needs some more rubber to get into optimum condition. The rain we had this afternoon surely didn’t help this, but at least now we have a good set-up for basically every condition we are likely to face over the weekend. The track is a bit different from last year of course, especially the last turn, but it seems we’re in a good position so now it’s all about keeping up our momentum.
This morning we evaluated a different tyre combination to see if it worked better, but in the end we came back to the usual choice, which has proved to work well over the events so far. The CBR600RR was immediately competitive and PJ did a great job on track, as he was consistently fast throughout the session up to the last lap, when he was able to push that bit harder and move up to first place. In the afternoon, we were very pleased to see that things kind of stayed the same in terms of performance and that is a very important indication for us, because we don’t have to worry about the type of weather we’ll encounter tomorrow.
Sepang Day 1:
P1 - Lorenzo Savadori @lorysava32
"I'm very happy because I've only ridden here on a 125, and Ioda and Aprilia have helped me to improve the feeling with the bike. I'm really happy to be in Superpole 2 but me and the team are focused on the race, especially the second part of the race. For today, I´m happy."
P2 - Nicky Hayden @NickyHayden
Honda World Superbike Team @HondaWSBK
"Overall it's been a very positive day for us. From the last race we changed chassis, to another standard one, but maybe we had a little problem with the last one and as soon as I put it in this morning, I had a lot better feel. Overall the day has been very positive. We made a couple of changes as the day went on, but all in the right direction so credit to the team, they did a good job. It would have been nice to be fastest - I know it's only Friday but it's always nice to see your name on top! We made a long run in the second session and it was pretty good pace so let's see tomorrow how much everyone improves and what the track's like. As it was cooling down at the end the track was getting really grippy."
P3 - Markus Reiterberger @Reiti21
Althea BMW Racing Team @AltheaRacing
"Today was a really good day for us. We did a good job in the first free practice and tested a lot on the tyres, suspension and electronics, so I could go into the second practice with a good feeling. A nearly perfect bike so I enjoyed riding it and did a long run, which was not so bad. I feel good, but maybe with have some small problems with the tyres maybe over long distance, but it's the same for everyone. I went out at the end of the session on a new set of tyres and could do a really fast lap, but that lap wasn't perfect and I made a small mistake at the last corner and went a bit wide. But I´m in third position and very happy about it."
WorldSSP: Jacobsen fastest on Friday
P1 - PJ Jacobsen - @PJ99Jacobsen
Honda World Supersport Team
"It's going really well. This morning was a bit different just with the new track surface but we soon got used to it. It seemed like WorldSBK riders got a lot faster in their first session and so did we towards the end as the grip started coming in. The second session was wet, but the grip was actually amazing in the wet. We had a really good day and were P1 in the dry and P2 in the wet. It's been a hard start to the season, and we're back on our feet now."