The Pata #yamaha Official #worldsbk Team interrupted its summer break undertaking two successful days of testing at Germany's Lausitzring EuroSpeedway this week. Welcoming back Sylvain Guintoli alongside #alexlowes on the YZF-R1, the team quickly got down to business, learning this season's newly introduced 4,255m circuit.
Lowes focused his efforts on reacquainting himself with the WorldSBK-spec machine, after last month's successful foray into endurance #racing at the Suzuka 8 Hours, setting 133 laps as he worked through an extensive programme of test items despite the short individual 40 minute sessions on track. Positively evaluating new engine and chassis hardware direct from Yamaha's R&D in Germany, the British rider set a 21 lap race simulation in Thursday's mid-afternoon session demonstrating his usual consistent and impressive pace.
Guintoli's return to action after his Imola accident in late April provided the Frenchman with over six hours of track time across the two days, as he rebuilt his confidence and natural feel with the YZF-R1 over 139 laps. Initially concentrating on assessing his fitness, he soon moved on to geometry settings delivering a greater understanding of the Pata #yamaha team's direction of development in recent months.
Satisfied with the results produced Pata #yamaha Official #worldsbk Team now looks towards its next test opportunity, at Magny-Cours in France on Monday 5th September, before the team returns to Lausitzring for the first of the final four #worldsbk race weekends commencing on Friday 16th September.
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