Portimão’s exciting undulating circuit layout was baking hot under the late summer sun this afternoon, as track temperatures rose towards 50° Celsius. With a new asphalt surface across the full 4.592 km, both riders spent the day working on finding the most optimal set-up of their respective Yamaha R1 WorldSBK machines, including a focus on race-pace and distance running during Free Practice 2.
Less than a second separated the top 11 WorldSBK riders at the end of the day, and despite not focusing on outright one-lap pace, Razgatlıoğlu was just 0.346s from the top spot while Locatelli’s 10th place was only 0.706s from the front.
The championship gets down to business for the final European round of the season tomorrow with Superpole qualifying at 11:10 (GMT+1) and Race 1 at 14:00, all following Free Practice 3 at 09:00.
For Friday's combined times, click here.