Lowes quickly mastered the cool and blustery conditions that greeted the riders on the opening day of the test, with a fast and consistent pace securing him second place reigning World Champion, Jonathan Rea. Van der Mark found the conditions more taxing, as he struggled to find a good feeling with his Yamaha YZF-R1 and was disappointed to climb no higher than seventh on the timesheet.
Both Pata Yamaha riders made significant improvements on the second day of testing, despite falling temperatures and even more unpredictable winds at the Portimão circuit. Lowes once again claimed second place on at the end of the day but was unable to reduce Jonathan Rea’s advantage at the top of the timesheet after running into traffic on his fastest lap. Major changes to the set up of his YZF-R1 saw van der Mark rediscover his pace on day two, which he finished in fifth position, but the former Supersport World Champion is confident of further improvement ahead of the opening race in Phillip Island.
Cortese declared himself satisfied with his progress over the two days in Portimão, a track that he was riding for the first time aboard the Yamaha YZF-R1 he’ll campaign for GRT Yamaha this season. The reigning Supersport World Champion worked with his crew to refine the set up of the bike, whilst also adapting his riding style to better suit the demands of the YZF-R1 and the technical Portimão circuit.
Cortese was the quickest of the two GRT Yamaha riders, ending the test in seventh position.It proved a difficult two days in Portugal for Melandri. The former 250cc World Champion worked tirelessly with his crew to set up his Yamaha YZF-R1 to better suit his riding style but struggled to get the bike to work for him under braking and on corner entry. Melandri ended the two days eighth on the timesheet but remains confident that he and his crew can find a solution ahead of next month’s third and final preseason test in Phillip Island.