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Alex Lowes and #niccolocanepa remained at the Misano World Circuit #marcosimoncelli today as the Pata #yamaha Official #worldsbk Team participated in the official MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship #test at the Italian track. Heavy storms overnight delayed the proceedings as the surface dried, with work getting underway mid-morning.
Utilising the assistance of key personnel from #yamaha Motor Co., Ltd., Japan, the #worldsbk team worked on developments to electronics control strategies, alongside chassis and engine development upgrades. Canepa was the first to get out on track on the YZF-R1, completing 40 laps in the morning session and working through the detailed #test schedule set out by his adopted crew. Lowes followed soon after, circulating the Italian circuit 19 times before the imposed one hour lunch-break, with the Pata #yamaha riders sitting fifth and sixth in the times respectively.
Returning to work as the afternoon session began the #yamaha pair continued their evaluation of the electronics and suspension adjustments. Lowes concluded the day eighth in the combined times with a fastest lap of 1'35.468, having completed 64 laps of the 4,226m circuit as his strength and stamina continued its improvement. Canepa finished the session at the flag, after circulating 86 times. The Italian's best lap of the day, a 1'35.746, sits him 11th in the official figures but with plenty of data for the team to evaluate in the run up to the next race #event in three weeks' time, his crew are pleased with the performance from the stand-in rider over the past four days.
As the freight is packed up trackside, the Pata #yamaha Official #worldsbk Team now prepares to travel across the Atlantic to California. Round nine will begin at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, in the United States, on Friday 8th July.
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