A fairly hot and sunny day saw Moriwaki Althea Honda’s Takumi Takahashi and Ryuichi Kiyonari begin to prepare for tomorrow’s first race day making up the Portuguese WorldSBK weekend.

The Japanese pair spent the day working on their bikes’ setup, trying to find a solution to suit the track’s low level of grip.

Takumi set his personal fastest time during the morning’s session, a 1’44.062 (P17), as did Ryuichi with 1’44.574 (P18), but neither was able to improve on those references later in the day, also due to the afternoon’s higher temperature which had an even greater effect in terms of lack of grip.

Tomorrow’s Free Practice 3 will start at 09:00 local time followed by the Superpole qualifying session, set to get underway at 11:00, and then Race1 at 14:00.

Takumi  Takahashi

Takumi Takahashi 13

Today we experienced quite different, and more demanding, track conditions with respect to what we saw during testing here a fortnight ago, probably due to the higher temperatures. We worked mainly on suspension settings, looking for more grip, but we were not able to improve over the two sessions. Anyway, we have gathered a lot of information and tomorrow we will try a different direction.

Moriwaki Althea Honda Team
Ryuichi Kiyonari

Ryuichi Kiyonari 23

It’s a pity that this afternoon we were not able to improve on our performance because this morning we started in a positive way, having tested here at the end of August, and I felt good on the bike. We tried to move forward in the afternoon, but I think we took the wrong direction and the high temperature also did not help. Anyway, I think it’s always worth a try. Tomorrow we’ll go back to a set up more similar to what we used in testing, but with some new ideas we have following today’s experience.

Moriwaki Althea Honda Team
Portuguese Round

Autodromo Internacional do Algarve, Portugal

WorldSBK 2019, Round 10

Sunny / 31
Friday 6 Sep 2019, 18:28 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 31°C
  • Humidity: 47%
  • Ground Temp: 46°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jonathan Rea 1 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 1'41.931
2 Alvaro Bautista 19 SPA Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Ducati +0.078
3 Alex Lowes 22 GBR Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha +0.120
4 Toprak Razgatlioglu 54 TUR Turkish Puccetti Racing Kawasaki +0.183
5 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Official Team Yamaha +0.346
6 Leon Haslam 91 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.357
7 Markus Reiterberger 28 GER BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW +0.575
8 Loris Baz 76 FRA Ten Kate Racing Yamaha +0.644
9 Sandro Cortese 11 GER GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha +0.654
10 Chaz Davies 7 GBR Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Ducati +0.718
11 Michael Rinaldi 21 ITA Barni Racing Team Ducati +0.829
12 Tom Sykes 66 GBR BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team BMW +0.857
13 Marco Melandri 33 ITA GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team Yamaha +1.050
14 Eugene Laverty 50 GBR Team Go Eleven Ducati +1.291
15 Jordi Torres 81 SPA Team Pedercini Racing Kawasaki +1.311
16 Leandro Mercado 36 ARG Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki +1.555
17 Takumi Takahashi 13 JPN Moriwaki Althea Honda Team Honda +2.131
18 Ryuichi Kiyonari 23 JPN Moriwaki Althea Honda Team Honda +2.616
19 Sylvain Barrier 20 FRA Brixx Performance Ducati +3.237
20 Alessandro Delbianco 52 ITA Althea Mie Racing Team Honda +3.503