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Takumi Takahashi and Ryuichi Kiyonari begin preparation for tomorrow’s first WorldSBK race

Takumi Takahashi and Ryuichi Kiyonari begin preparation for tomorrow’s first WorldSBK race

06.09.2019: WSBK 2019 Round 10 Portuguese Round , Portimao (Algarve) Friday, September 6th 2019 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 Po

WSBK 2019   Round 10
Portuguese Round , Portimao (Algarve)
Friday, September 6th  2019




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  13
17TH  1'44.062



“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”.         

   
       
   
Ryuichi Kiyonari  23
18TH  1'44.547


“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”.         

   
       
   
    Free Practice




1    REA Jonathan     1    GBR    Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK    Kawasaki    1'41.931
2    BAUTISTA Alvaro     19    SPA    ARUBA Racing - Ducati    Ducati    0.078
3    LOWES Alex     22    GBR    Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team    Yamaha    0.120
4    RAZGATLIOGLU Toprak     54    TUR    Turkish Puccetti Racing    Kawasaki    0.183
5    VAN DER MARK Michael     60    NDL    Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team    Yamaha    0.346
6    HASLAM Leon     91    GBR    Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK    Kawasaki    0.357
7    REITERBERGER Markus     28    GER    BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team    BMW    0.575
8    BAZ Loris     19    FRA    Ten Kate Racing - Yamaha    Yamaha    0.644
9    CORTESE Sandro     11    GER    GRT Yamaha WorldSBK    Yamaha    0.654
10    DAVIES Chaz     7    GBR    ARUBA Racing - Ducati    Ducati    0.718
11    RINALDI Michael Ruben     21    ITA    BARNI Racing Team    Ducati    0.829
12    SYKES Tom     66    GBR    BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team    BMW    0.857
13    MELANDRI Marco     33    ITA    GRT Yamaha WorldSBK    Yamaha    1.050
14    LAVERTY Eugene     50    IRE    Team Goeleven    Ducati    1.291
15    TORRES Jordi     81    SPA    Team Pedercini Racing    Kawasaki    1.311
16    MERCADO Leandro     36    ARG    Orelac Racing VerdNatura    Kawasaki    1.555
17    TAKAHASHI Takumi     13    JPN    Moriwaki Althea Honda Team    Honda    2.131
18    KIYONARI Ryuichi     23    JPN    Moriwaki Althea Honda Team    Honda    2.616
19    BARRIER Sylvain     20    FRA    BRIXX Ducati    Ducati    3.237
20    DELBIANCO Alessandro     52    ITA    Althea Mie Racing Team    Honda    3.503
   




Moriwaki Althea Honda Team, also photos

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