FP1, used by the teams and the riders to get acquainted with the Spanish circuit, was run in the dry, whereas in the afternoon the rain made its first appearance since the restart. FP2 offered some experience and data to the GRT Yamaha team, with rain forecast for Saturday.
For the 2020 rookie duo, Friday brought mixed results with American rider Gerloff competitive from the start, finishing the two sessions in third and sixth, whereas Italian Federico Caricasulo, who suffered an off in FP1, struggled to maximise his full potential, and was 14th and 17th.
The team made some adjustments on Friday evening, which will be tested in FP3, beginning at 09:00 (GMT+2). The Superpole and Race 1 will follow at 11:00 and 14:00 respectively.
Ten Kate Yamaha WorldSBK Supported Team’s Loris Baz was happy with the progress made on Friday, as the Frenchman set the 10th-fastest time in FP1 on the harder compound tyre. In FP2, Baz showed good pace in the wet and was amongst the quickest runners early on before a fall saw him drop to 11th as track conditions improved.
Making his WorldSBK debut with a wildcard entry, Team Benovo Action by MGM Racing Yamaha’s Jonas Folger was quickly up to speed on Friday, ending both FP1 and FP2 in 15th, just behind Caricasulo.