Third place on day one of #TeruelWorldSBK Round at Aragon
KRT official WorldSBK rider Alex Lowes (KRT) finished the opening day practice sessions at the Teruel Round of the championship third fastest.
In what were generally hotter temperatures than the team experienced at this track last weekend during the Aragon round, both KRT riders started with a lot more data to work with today. This allowed them to make strong progress towards the head of the early qualifying rankings at the 5.077km long Spanish circuit.
Most of the faster times on Friday were set in the cooler conditions of FP1 this morning but a possibly more useful session was FP2. As the temperatures increased it moved the general track conditions closer to those the riders are expected to face during the two full distance races on Saturday and Sunday.
Alex was on instantly fast form at circuit he has tested his Ninja ZX-10RR around even before last weekend’s first Motorland race weekend. He now looks to complete his pre-race set-up and tyre choices to approach the first 18-lap race at the Teruel round, to be held at 14.00 on Saturday 5 September.
Free practice three and then Superpole qualifying are the next two challenges Alex and Jonathan will face before the opening race tomorrow. On Sunday 6 September a 10-lap Tissot-Superpole ‘sprint’ and a final full distance race two will complete an intense recent period of track action for all inside the WorldSBK paddock.
“We made a change to the bike set-up today and I felt good on the bike. This weekend it looks like the temperatures are going to be hotter than last time and the target is to have three really consistent strong races and get the best results I can. We do not know yet what we can achieve but we will focus on doing the best we can. We are using the settings we used at the test – also last Friday and Saturday – and it feels good; like I am quite competitive. If the temperature is higher this weekend then the races will be quite different from last time and that will be a challenge – and quite exciting, I think. It will not be the same pace or way of racing compared to last Saturday and Sunday.”