It was the first time that All Japan JSB1000 front-runner Nakasuga and WorldSBK race-winner Alex Lowes had the chance to meet face to face this year, and it will be their fourth attempt to conquer the 8 Hours together. The two racers keep in touch on social media, so they were glad to see each other and a positive atmosphere radiated through the garage right from the start.
However, the absence of the third member of the squad, Michael van der Mark, was palpable. Suffering an injury at Round 7 of the World Superbike Championship that required surgery, both Nakasuga and Lowes were concerned about their teammate and expressed hope for him to return to action soon. In his stead, the two went about the scheduled testing programme and are set to ride another two 1.5-hour sessions again tomorrow.