Alex Lowes
News News 1 June 2017

Pata Yamaha Wrap up Positive Misano Test

The Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team ended a productive one-and-a-half-day private test at Misano today ahead of round seven of the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship at the same circuit on the 16-18th June. Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark both worked hard in the searing heat - with track temperatures rising to over 55°C - as they evaluated some new updates and electronic settings to build on the podium pace the team displayed at Donington Park last weekend.

Lowes’ third place in race one at Donington, his first podium for the team, was just reward for the effort that the rider and crew have put in so far this season. Hungry for more, the 26-year-old British rider put in 162 laps in the heat over the two days as he tested some new parts and identified a new direction to go with the electronics setup on his R1.

His teammate van der Mark only just missed out on the podium by 0.7s after a dramatic end to race two at Donington Park. The Dutch rider, determined to keep moving forward, completed an incredible 118 laps on the first day alone and 171 laps in total as he evaluated some new suspension updates, worked on his electronic settings and also tested out some different swing arms on his R1.

After a positive test, which both riders left confident that they have made good progress, the Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team are back in action at Misano on the 16-18th June for round seven of the 2017 FIM Superbike World Championship.

Alex Lowes

Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team

“The test was really positive for both myself and the team. We worked through lots of stuff and found a couple of improvements, which is really nice. We found a clear direction with some electronic settings that I feel could really help us a lot. Overall, it's been a positive test and I want to say a massive thanks to all the crew, it has been a busy week for them and I appreciate all of their hard work, especially in the 30 plus degree weather. I'm looking forward to a few days off now before we come back for the race, I can’t wait!”

Michael van der Mark

Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team

“It has been a really good test! The weather has been amazing, and we have worked really hard. Yesterday I did 118 laps working on some new suspension updates and electronic settings. I felt really strong yesterday and got quicker all day, in fact my last lap was my fastest. Today we tested some new swing arms back-to-back and carried on working on the setup of the bike. I am really pleased with the work done during this test as not only were we quicker, but we also improved the feeling of consistency with the bike which makes it easier to ride. I am now really looking forward to putting what we have learnt into practice at Misano when we come back!”