Some more press releases from Yamaha WorldSSP, BMW, and the GoEleven Ducati team after the Portimao test:
BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team concludes second shake-down test in Portimao.
Autódromo Internacional do Algarve
After the two-day test in Jerez last week, the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team relocated across the border to the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, Portugal to resume their winter testing programme.
Focused on the development of the new BMW S 1000 RR, riders Tom Sykes and Markus Reiterberger progressed through their testing schedules working on suspension, electronics and chassis set up as the final European test drew to a close.
The BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team’s attention now turns to the first Official WorldSBK test at Phillip Island in February, where the final preparations will be made before the opening round commences on the 22nd February 2019.
Shaun Muir – Team Principal
“It has been two good days in Portimao, both riders finally worked their way through the test programme. They didn’t get much time to work on race strategies but all in all it was a very productive test.
Markus made a break through on some chassis changes on Sunday, which was good work from his crew chief and Öhlins technician. This gives him a good starting base for Phillip Island.
Tom made steps forward finding a good chassis balance whilst also completing his test programme. Throughout the two-days he was posting consistent laps times giving him a good base set up heading into Phillip Island next month.
Overall we are all happy and confident going to Phillip Island, with these base settings it should put in contention for some strong results.”
Tom Sykes (GBR)
“I just want to say a big thank you to the whole BMW Motorrad WorldSBK team. This test we’ve continued and progressed in a really positive way, making a big step in the development of the S 1000RR. We have been working on the balance of the bike, trying out different parameters to see what feedback we get, also trying out new components for the brakes, suspension and electronics so in general a lot has been covered.
We are also just fine tuning my position on the bike making little changes to the seat, foot pegs and the levers to get as comfortable as possible.
I really happy we have the bulk of testing done now, I feel we’ve worked much closer to the base set up and it’s another step closer to the WorldSBK opener in Phillip Island next month.”
Markus Reiterberger (GER)
“In general, this weekend has been a constructive test. Sunday I was feeling very positive as we made some changes with my seat position and also a change with my rear shock, which had a big improvement on my lap time as session by session we improved.
Monday unfortunately I didn’t have the same feeling on the bike and struggled a lot with my corner entry, but we collected a lot of data from this test, I have a great team around me so I am confident we will get a good feeling on the bike in Phillip Island.
My focus now is to go home now and prepare for the first round in Australia in a few weeks’ time.”
Cluzel Leads the Yamaha Charge to Top the Timesheet in Portimão
It was Jules Cluzel who fired the opening shots in what promises to be an intriguing battle for the 2019 Supersport World Championship title, as the GMT94 Yamaha WorldSSP Supported Team rider posted the fastest time after two intensive days of testing at the Autódromo Internacional Algarve in Portimao.
Cluzel, three times a runner up in the WorldSSP Championship, was on the pace from the off aboard his GMT94 Yamaha YZF-R6, posting the fastest time on the opening day of the test, having quickly mastered the cool and blustery conditions at the Portimão circuit.
The Frenchman continued his fast and consistent form to top the timesheet with a time of 1’44.810 on the second and final day of the test, despite cool temperatures and unpredictable winds making conditions on track tricky. Cluzel, who is still recovering from an ankle injury sustained in the final race of the 2018 season in Qatar, will now head to Australia determined to stamp his authority on the championship with another strong performance in the Phillip Island test that immediately precedes the first round of the season at the same track.
Cluzel’s GMT94 teammate and fellow countryman, Corentin Perolari, was the next Yamaha on the timesheet, narrowly edging out Kallio Racing Yamaha WorldSSP Supported Team rider and WorldSSP rookie, Isaac Viñales, for fifth position on the second day of the test with a time of 1’46.280.
Thomas Gradinger, making his debut aboard the Kallio Racing YZF-R6 in Portugal, ended the two-day test in a creditable eighth position, with his Belgian teammate Loris Cresson rounding out the top ten on the timesheet.
The Bardahl Evan Bros Yamaha WorldSSP Supported team riders, Federico Caricasulo and Randy Krummenacher, didn’t participate in the Portimão test, but both showed strongly during testing in Jerez earlier in January. Caricasulo topped the timesheet after two days in Jerez, while Krummenacher finished fourth, just 0.3s off the time of his teammate.
The Yamaha supported WorldSSP teams will return to action during a two-day test at Phillip Island in the week before the opening round of the 2019 season gets underway at the same circuit.
Winter Test ended, next stop Phillip Island!
Go Eleven concludes the 4 days of winter test scheduled between Spain and Portugal! Now everything is ready to leave for Australia, where the last two days of official WorldSBK tests and then the race will take place, in the landscape of Phillip Island.
The pre-season period is always a source of doubts, concerns, but also a lot of curiosity and expectation for the upcoming season. The laptimes signed are true for half: all the teams try changes, adjustments, tyres that will then be put into practice only from the first Round!
The two days at the Autodromo do Algarve of Portimao just ended was crucial for Team Go Eleven, which brought new solutions on the track to stem the difficulties encountered in Jerez last week, trying to collect as much data as possible to be prepared in the best possible way for the beginning of the championship. The area where we most focused the work the rear; there Eugene still lacks the necessary feeling, while he is definitely comfortable with the front. Despite this, thanks to the excellent teamwork, on the second day, Laverty considerably improved his lap time, even though he only rode in the morning! Our technicians are working night and day to solve every single detail in the fastest possible time, trying to perfectly match the Ducati V4-R to the asphalt of every track, collecting all the positive feedbacks told by our rider. We are confident that we will arrive in Australia ready to fight the whole WorldSBK grid! Moreover, these tests were very useful to strengthen the harmony between team, motorbike and rider. When you are faced with many new components it is never easy to make everything fit in the best way; but the exam is over, in the box you breathe confidence and fun without forgetting the great awareness towards the challenge we are going to meet!
Now it’s time to prepare the flight cases and send them all to Phillip Island. An unbelievable and prestigious place, hosting, as usual, the opening of the World Superbike! Team Go Eleven, all the supporters and fans of this wonderful sport can not wait the official start of this amazing adventure!
Denis Sacchetti (team manager):
"If in Jerez we did a shakedown, we know the working group, the bike and adapt this to the rider, Portimao was useful to know the reactions of the bike following the different set up adjustments. Unfortunately, the time is still short and we still have a lot to discover of this V4-R, but we are happy with the great work done by the team, and the information gathered, which we will elaborate in detail, trying to bring solutions to improve the behavior of the bike already at Phillip Island. In the box and on the track, Eugene is really professional, he manages to create a beautiful work atmosphere and we are all excited to work with him! "
Eugene Laverty (rider):
“Portimao was a difficult test! The track there compared with Jerez has got more bumps and the asphalt is more slippery, so I expected we could struggle a little bit. We made a lot of progress from the beginning, but still honestly it’s not enough. We need to improve because the performance is not so fast: to make a 1.43.9 lap time is a few seconds slower than the other riders did in the morning. We know the area we need to work and we need to improve the rear grip of the bike. That’s going to be the focus of the final test in Phillip Island before the season begins. I’m very happy with how Team Go Eleven are working: everybody is pushing hard and now we need to push for a better performance!”