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2017 has officially begun for the Pata #yamaha Official #worldsbk Team as #alexlowes and #michaelvandermark successfully concluded the first half of a four-day test scheduled on the Iberian Peninsula. Circuito de #jerez provided the opening location for the #yamaha duo's return to their YZF-R1's and with two full days on track under the Spanish winter sun, both riders completed extensive and important work.
Yamaha's engineers had worked relentlessly throughout the short winter break since the end of the November tests preparing extensively modified, new-spec YZF-R1's for the 2017 season, so Tuesday's initial track action was more of a shakedown for the Pata #yamaha Team. Carefully evaluating the raft of upgrades and modifications, both riders found their rhythm around the 4,423m circuit as the day progressed, while the team gelled well with their new colleagues from #yamaha Motor Europe and #yamaha Motor Japan.
Lowes concentrated his efforts on electronic performance development on the opening day, honing the new #yamaha strategies before switching his attention to more detailed chassis set-up work on Wednesday. Specifically focusing on the front forks set up and corner entry performance for his final day at the Spanish circuit, the Englishman also used the afternoon session to set out on a race-simulation. Initially thwarted by a red flag on his third lap, he eventually completed a 23-lap run with consistent and positive times. Lowes concluded the two days with a lap-tally of 138, his best time - a 1'40.600 - set on the same race compounds used during October's race #event.
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