BMW pair looking to improve on pace at Portimao

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. 

After securing his first ever double win at Aragon four race weekends ago, Davies has struggled to finish in the top five since then. He is hoping to improve on his lap time of 1.44.245 across the weekend. 

Davies declared “We worked on the chassis and trying to find the right balance for this circuit. Portimão is quite difficult. We were just trying to get a front feeling that I am happy with to give me a little bit more confidence to turn the bike in and then to set me up for the corner exit. That was the main thing we focused on today. We have some more work to do but there is still a long time until race day. We will check the data tonight and see if we will find something else in order to further improve tomorrow.”

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