PATA YAMAHA MAKE STEP FORWARD IN FRIDAY PRACTICE SESSIONS AT ARAGÓN
The Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Official Team with Rizla made some positive steps forward during the two free practice sessions in the Teruel Round of the FIM Superbike World Championship at MotorLand Aragón today.
Much of the excitement happened during FP1, with quick single-lap pace recorded across the board. Michael van der Mark continued his competitive run with a best lap of 1’50.765, earning him eighth on combined times. Conditions were different to the Free Practice sessions held last week at the same venue, particularly without cooler winds helping to keep the track temperatures down.
The 50-minute afternoon session saw higher temperatures again and provided a good reference for the two Pata Yamaha riders to test improvements to their race set-ups in anticipation for the two 16-lap races over the weekend.
Michael van der Mark: P8 – 1’50.765 – Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Official Team: ‘It’s good to be back here this weekend, the conditions are a lot warmer than last time out, so we are still searching a little bit with the set-up of the bike, but the base is there right away. Everyone did a lot of laps last week, and today we focused a little bit on the rear tyre life and worked on the whole package to improve our race rhythm. This will come into play especially towards the second half of the race, where we have to improve. We did not do a “time attack” but I think we did some good quality, important work today.’