Alex heads to Portimao as 2015 testing gets underway
Crescent Suzuki World Superbike team begins its Championship preparations in earnest this week with two back-to-back tests scheduled in the Iberian Peninsula before the opening round of the 2015 eni FIM Superbike World Championship in a little over a month’s time.
Alex Lowes’ first port-of-call for the two-day tests aboard his Yoshimura-powered GSX-R is Portugal’s 4,592m Autódromo Internacional do Algarve: Located 20km to the north-west of Portimao, the circuit is a favourite for Alex – after his impressive rookie performances in last season’s January tests and July races.
A ‘short’ 350km drive will take the team to its second testing location, the Circuito de Jerez, on Spain’s south-westerly coast. The 4,423m track played host to the majority of the Championship just two months ago, for the last pre-season outing ahead of the winter test ban, and the recently gathered data will provide the benchmark for the continued improvement to Lowes and teammate de Puniet’s 2015-spec machines.
Crescent Suzuki is scheduled to be on track at Portimao from 09:00hrs-17:00hrs GMT Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd January with Jerez hosting the action from 10:00hrs-18:00hrs local time (09:00-17:00GMT) on Monday 26th-Tuesday 27th January.
“I’m really looking forward to going testing. We had a great end to last year so my confidence is good. It’s been a nice, steady winter – training and preparing – but I’ve missed riding my bike so I’m ready to get back out on track. Portimao and Jerez are good circuits, both for me and for the Suzuki GSX-R, and are great fun to ride. I don’t want to get too carried away in testing, we went very well last year but it didn’t set me up well for the opening race, so I’m definitely a lot calmer now! I’ve been thinking about a number of things over the winter so I’m just looking forward to getting back out there, working hard and putting them into practise. We have a number of items to test but my main focus is myself, and making sure I’m up-to-speed, calm and ready to start the season strongly for the first race at Phillip Island.”
Source: Suzuki Racing