GRT Yamaha’s 2020 rookies started the day off with an 11th place for Gerloff and 15th for Caricasulo in the cooler first free practice session. They backed it up with a similar performance in the afternoon, as Gerloff put in the 12th fastest time while Caricasulo was 16th.
The team focused on improving its long-run performance to simulate this weekend’s race conditions. Both sides of the garage still have some work to do and changes to make tomorrow, but remain confident that they will be better prepared for the 30-minute races.
Riding the wave of two strong performances in the last round in Spain, Gerloff remains confident after the Friday at Portimão and aims to improve further. Teammate Caricasulo may not have troubled the top 10, but wasn’t focusing on one-lap pace.
The GRT Yamaha riders will be back on track tomorrow morning for FP3, which will take place at 09:00 (GMT+1). The Superpole and Race 1 will follow, at 11:00 and 14:00 respectively.