Having been flying high at the head of the field on day one, Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Official Team’s day two was slightly different. Toprak Razgatlioglu couldn’t replicate his day one pace in the tricky conditions, but was focused on settling in a good race pace and not just setting a strong one-off lap time. However, his ability to set a strong one-off lap time with the Q tyre itself confirms the strides he has made over the pre-season at a time attack in Tissot Superpole style. Michael van der Mark crashed in the morning session at Turn 10 but was OK. The Dutchman didn’t put a fast time in on Monday but set 15 consecutive laps in the 1’31s, demonstrating a good race pace. Toprak was fourth whilst van der Mark was seventh.
‘Pocket Rocket’ Leon Haslam
(Team HRC) was once again in the top six, making it all six manufacturers inside the top half dozen once again. His lap time of a 1’30.882 was right on his race pace from last year, so there’s plenty of promise from Honda and their new CBR1000RR-R already. On the other side of the garage, Alvaro Bautista
wasn’t up at the sharp end and suffered a crash at Turn 4 during the morning. He was in the top ten however, which is an important step forward ahead of the weekend.
There was a vast improvement in lap time from Scott Redding
, despite the more inconsistent weather at the start of the day. The WorldSBK rookie managed to get into the 1’30 bracket as he perfected the balance of his bike. Still learning the Q tyre, Redding
is aiming to be on the pace come the start of the weekend. His teammate Chaz Davies
Racing – Ducati) struggled to keep pace with his rookie teammate but worked away nonetheless. Redding
finished in sixth but with big gains, whilst Davies
was 11th on combined times.Sandro Cortese
(OUTDO Kawasaki – TPR) was just outside the top ten in 13th, 0.005s behind Lowes
was impressive, considering this was his first testing on the ZX-10RR. Behind Cortese
in 14th was returning Spaniard Xavi Fores
(Kawasaki Puccetti Racing), whilst Maximilian Scheib
(ORELAC Racing VerdNatura) continued to impress in 15th. He was just ahead of Garrett Gerloff
(GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team) and his teammate Federico Caricasulo
, whilst Leon Camier
(Barni Racing Team) and Takumi Takahashi
(MIE Racing Althea Honda Team) were just behind. In all, the top 17 were covered by just 1.5s.