The GRT Yamaha squad used Friday’s free practice sessions to work with the data collected during the test, to try to give the riders the best possible setup for their Yamaha R1 WorldSBKs. For Gerloff, his weekend started off well, going fourth fastest in Free Practice 1 (1’38.082), and the American was feeling even more comfortable during the afternoon, before an odd crash at Turn 4 cut his session short. He was still fifth fastest (1’38.571) and remains very confident ahead of the rest of the weekend.
For Nozane, instead, the information collected in the June test was limited, as he had injured himself only 20 laps into the first day. Therefore, his mission for today was to work on his race pace, despite the limited data to rely on. He was 17th in the morning (1’40.197) but he was then one of the few riders able to improve their lap time in FP2, which he finished in 16th place (1’39.826). His feeling also improved in the afternoon, and the Japanese hopes to keep moving forward tomorrow.
For Friday's combined times, click here.