PATA YAMAHA MAKE VALUABLE PROGRESS AT WORLDSBK ARAGÓN TEST
The Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Official Team with Rizla made specific performance improvements and collected important data during a private test at Aragón, ahead of the FIM Superbike World Championship double-header there that takes place on 29-31 August and 4-6 September.
Michael van der Mark and Toprak Razgatlıoğlu, who both scored podiums for Pata Yamaha at Portimão last weekend, combined for 254 laps overall on board their Yamaha R1 Superbikes across the two days, with a special focus on front and rear grip in hot conditions at the Spanish venue.
On the opening day of running, van der Mark used the track time to test various set-ups and although he posted the eighth fastest time, the Dutchman was confident that the team had highlighted areas for improvement on the bike. That potential was confirmed on day two, with van der Mark setting the second-fastest time across the test, in which he racked up a total of 129 laps.
Michael van der Mark: P2 – 1’50.093: “The main objective was to find the right set-up with the track temperature. On the first day, we tried a lot of different things on the bike and we had plenty of data to look through ahead of Friday. We had a really positive second day and I was much more comfortable on the bike. We tried many changes, which we never would be able to do on a race weekend. The team managed to find a good set-up for the front of the bike that worked well with the rear, so I was really happy. We also found improvements for the warmer conditions and I was able to be more consistent. A really positive test overall.”