BMW MOTORRAD WORLDSBK TEAM CONCLUDE FRIDAY’S FREE PRACTICE AT THE CIRCUITO DE JEREZ
The BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team today completed the opening day of free practice at the Circuito De Jerez (SPA) with Michael van der Mark and Eugene Laverty (IRL). Laverty is standing in for the injured Tom Sykes (GBR).
Michael van der Mark started his session off brightly this morning, setting a best lap time of (1’40.773), just +0.007 behind Andrea Locatelli in P6. In the afternoon’s session, Michael couldn’t improve on his lap time from FP1 which meant he finished tenth overall on day 1.
Michael: “This morning, we were quite happy with the bike and tried something a lot different which felt okay. For the afternoon we tried to find some front end feeling which I struggled a little bit with this morning. The first outing was on a used front tyre which I felt comfortable with, and our lap time was quite fast. After that I had to try some different tyre options which Pirelli brought, so it was mainly speaking to them and giving good feedback. Unfortunately, I couldn’t improve on my lap time, but I think the feeling I had this morning and at the start of FP2 was not that bad, so I hope we can have really good pace tomorrow.”