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Voices from Portimao: wind and ground waves critical

Friday, September 15th, 2017 | Sports

15. September 2017 – 20:21

Marco Melandri had a motor damage in the morning training

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(cafetheology.org) – The duel between Kawasaki and Ducati continues this weekend at the Portuguese Algarve. On the first day of training in Portimao, World Champion Jonathan Rea was the leader. "Johnny never surprises us," says Ducati ace Marco Melandri. "He was very quick here with all the bikes, and we know he's the driver, and we'll do our best." While Rea was 1: 42.621 minutes Tagesschnellster, Melandri had a second 0.586 seconds behind. The problems for all the teams are the ground waves and the strong wind. "It was partly extremely windy today," Rea says. "In the afternoon, even stronger than in the morning, but we did not make many changes to the bike, because I can change a lot in my driving style here, which is because the track is such a challenge or accelerating is the key factor. "Rea grabbed a tire set, drove Longruns and worked on his driving style. Ducati, on the other hand, concentrated on the set-up. "Here, the ground waves are different from the Lausitzring", explains Chaz Davies. "That's why we need to adjust the vote." The Briton took third place with 0.689 seconds. "It was not too bad, a solid day, we were trying out what we wanted to try, hopefully we can finalize our set-up tomorrow for the race." The wind also prepared Davies trouble, as he says, "It's not easy, because for some curves you have to position yourself somewhat differently. The wind blows are quite strong here in Portugal. " Many ground shafts do their part to ensure that drivers and teams face a challenge. "The motorcycle has to be delayed a little bit, the rear tire has to help a little bit better," Davies calls an area where he wants to work on Saturday. "Apart from that, we are more or less involved, we just have to adapt small things."

World Champion Jonathan Rea focused on his driving style on Friday

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Melandri was unlucky, because in the morning training he could only go two laps. "My day was productive, although I had a motor failure in the first practice after a few laps, and we got back in the second session, my team worked very well, I feel very good on the bike." Nevertheless, there is room for improvement for the Italian: "I have a lot of trouble in the last corner, and I have to work because I lose time there." The second Kawasaki driver also had a lot of work. Tom Sykes finished fifth with 0.9 seconds behind Leon Camier (MV Agusta). "I did not have enough time to use fresh tires," Sykes does not want to overvalue his result. "In the set-up, we had to try a lot today – different balances and settings, we thought it was an advantage when we were working on it and we were not yet focused on the performance "Sykes was the only driver in the top field who could not improve his morning time. On Saturday, everyone in the Superpole (from 12:00 hrs CEST) must put the cards on the table. The strong wind will accompany the drivers even then. "According to the weather forecast, it should be the whole weekend," Melandri sighs, adding, "It's good that we have time to adjust the bike and the driving style." The first race starts on Saturday at 4:00 pm CEST.

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