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The might of the of­fi­cial Pata Yamaha WSB team rolled into Phillip Is­land, but race day re­sults did not live up to Syl­vain Guin­toli’s pul­veris­ing pace in prac­tice ses­sions on Fri­day.

Guin­toli was in the lead­ing group in each race, and fin­ished sixth and fifth.

Yamaha’s pro­ject co- or­di­na­tor An­drea Dosoli said it was a good first ef­fort, ex­ceed­ing some ex­pec­ta­tions but also show­ing where more work is needed. “Con­sid­er­ing that we are just at the be­gin­ning of this pro­ject, putting to­gether dif­fer­ent peo­ple, sup­port from Ja­pan and Yamaha Europe, I am happy with the way it is com­ing to­gether,” said Dosoli. “We came here with, let’s say, the hope that we could stay be­tween fifth and eighth po­si­tion and the re­sults that Syl­vain have given show that at least on this race track they are al­ready bet­ter than we ex­pected. In race one he fin­ished only 3.5 sec­onds from the lead and in race two it was 2.4s. The point is that hav­ing a fight with the top guys, we re­ally un­der­stood bet­ter the area that re­quires im­prove­ment.”

Alex Lowes had a tough week­end, crash­ing out in one race and bat­tling to 14th in the se­cond.

Guin­toli im­pressed with two top 10 fin­ishes with the new Yamaha squad

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