GoldBet BMW Motorrad riders Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri were greeted with the first dry Friday practice in a while, at the Portugese track of Portimao allowing the riders to make the most of the full day of
|Melandri and Davies finished in the top seven
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track time. Both riders finished in the top seven in the opening session.
Italian Marco Melandri spent the two sessions developing the set up of his BMW and made some steps forward improving the feeling on his tyres. Following two top five finishes at Donington last time out, one being a podium he lies in fourth position in the championship, 46 points behind leader Guintoli. He finished the day in sixth position.
Melandri’s time of 1.44.026 was 0.475 off Rea’s fastest time “Today we worked on the race set-up of the RR in order to prepare for Sunday. So I preferred to use only used tyres and I was not looking for a fast lap time. The test in Aragón confirmed the direction we have to head towards and, after Donington, we made a step forward. We continued working in this direction today and improved the front feeling. Tomorrow we will use the same strategy and we will also work on improving the rear. The track conditions were difficult because in some sectors the asphalt is in a pretty bad condition, it is as if there were waves. Overall it was a good day and I am satisfied.”
Welsh team-mate Chaz Davies finished one place behind his teammate in 7th position after working on chassis and balance set-up at the Portuguese track.