As he often does, Gerloff was quick to get up to speed and, at the end of FP1, he posted two times good enough for second-fastest, He particularly liked the high grip offered by the track in the heat of the afternoon, and in FP2 he was competitive again, ending the session in fifth position. He was the fastest of the independent riders in both sessions of the day, running a total of 34 laps.
On the other side of the GRT Yamaha garage, Portimão is yet another brand new track for Nozane, who used Friday’s two sessions to run laps and collect as much experience and data as possible. At his first ever approach to the Portuguese track, he managed to set the 18th fastest time in the morning session, improving in the afternoon, while maintaining the same 18th position. He ran a total of 40 laps throughout the day.