Guintoli Tops Final Session At Phillip Island Test
The Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team concluded two successful days of pre-season testing at Australia's Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit today as Sylvain Guintoli claimed the fastest time in the afternoon's final session with Alex Lowes sitting third.
Guintoli's lowside crash at turn two, with just over twenty minutes of the day's track time remaining, wasn't enough to keep the Frenchman from completing the session on top - his 1'31.940 set on his 14th lap. The number 50 rider continued the comprehensive work started with his Yamaha crew over the winter, fine tuning the chassis and electronics settings further across the eight hours of track time, and with 2016's opening race now just days away, his top-five position in the overall combined times leaves him positive for the season to come.
Lowes concentrated on adapting his riding style aboard the YZF-R1 to Phillip Island's demanding 4,445m circuit, while carefully testing his shoulder's fitness after his winter rehabilitation. Two months of hard work in the gym by the British rider matched that of the Crescent and Yamaha staff in the workshop, as Lowes concluded the two day's with 116 laps and a fastest time of 1'31.620 under his belt.
Careful progress and evolution over the winter by the Yamaha Motor Europe and Crescent technicians paved the way for a positive outcome to the collaboration's opening official engagement, as temperatures soared from Monday's high of 24°C, reaching 38°C by the mid-afternoon session and heating the asphalt to a blistering 41°C.
The Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team now have two days of final preparation ahead of them before Lowes and Guintoli return to the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit for the opening race weekend of the 2016 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship, commencing on Friday 26th February.