The GRT Yamaha riders started the Portuguese weekend with a promising FP1 session, in which Garrett Gerloff set the second-fastest time, while Federico Caricasulo was ninth.
In FP2, with rising temperatures and a strong wind, the American managed sixth overall despite a fall, while his Italian teammate struggled more and set the 16th fastest time. The team remains confident about making another step forwards on Saturday.
Ten Kate Yamaha WorldSBK Supported Team’s Loris Baz consistently threatened the top of the times in both the morning and afternoon sessions. In FP1, the French rider went third fastest on his final lap and despite a fall limiting his running in FP2, Baz still managed to improve his time by 0.596s to end the day third overall.
Jonas Folger, taking part in his second wildcard appearance with the Bonovo Action by MGM Racing team and fresh from winning the IDM Superbike title, was also impressive, going seventh in the morning and eighth in FP2, and looks to be in the mix for a solid haul of points.
Saturday’s on-track action will begin with the FP3 at 09:00 (UTC+1), followed by Superpole at 11:00 and Race 1 at 14:00.
For Friday's combined times, click here.