News 25 Jan 2016

WorldSBK testing resumes for Ducati and Yamaha

Factory teams test together at Portimao circuit.

Source: Supplied.

Source: Supplied.

After the customary winter break the Racing – Ducati team kicked off its on-track activities for 2016 with a two-day test in Portimao, Portugal.

Both Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano completed their respective programs in a total of 119 and 77 laps respectively on the 2016 specification of the Panigale R, laying the foundations in terms of a base set-up for the upcoming season.

As for the latest upgrades, the Welshman and the Italian gave a positive feedback on both chassis and electronics, focusing primarily on the new Ohlins front forks and the latest versions of anti-spin and engine-brake strategies.

Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team was also on track across the two days in Portugal, with both Alex Lowes and Sylvain Guintoli undertaking valuable work with their YZF-R1s.

Initially worried about the rehabilitation of his left shoulder, Lowes confidently set 116 laps over the past two days. While his normal aggressive style was restricted due to his less-than-perfect mobility, the track time ensured he continued to progress with his new WorldSBK-spec Yamaha ahead of the championship’s opening round next month.

Guintoli worked with his Pata Yamaha crew on a variety of settings-work including new Öhlins front forks, the new specification engine and electronics strategies, completing 90 laps of the rollercoaster circuit in the process.

Focusing on development for the first few rounds of competition rather than ultimate lap time, the Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team, as well as Ducati, now moves on to Spain’s Circuito de Jerez for a further two-day test at the Andalucían track from Tuesday.