Asphalt temperatures on the near-coastal race track reached near 50 degrees Celsius this afternoon during the crucial Free Practice 2 session which all teams use to analyse data to prepare for the similarly-timed races across the weekend. As always, high temperatures create challenges in a number of areas in WorldSBK, most notably in managing changing grip levels and tyre conservation for a full-race distance.
Both Pata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK riders worked on the teams’ tried-and-true Friday plan of set-up confirmation and race simulation across the two 45-minute Free Practice sessions. Razgatlıoğlu finished the day second overall on outright lap pace after topping the timesheets in Free Practice 1, while teammate Locatelli was fifth in the morning but finished P10 overall with clear areas to improve in the set-up of his official Yamaha R1 WorldSBK.
Free Practice 3 starts tomorrow at 09:00 local time (CEST), Superpole qualifying at 11:10 and Race 1 at 14:00.