YAMAHA RETURN TO SUPERBIKE BIG TIME
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