Team MIE Racing Honda is at Jerez de la Frontera in Spain for the tenth round of the 2021 Superbike World Championship, with rider Leandro ‘Tati’ Mercado completing the day’s free practice sessions with encouraging results, further improving in terms of both his speed and pace.
In the morning’s first free practice, Mercado was able to work well right from the off, soon lowering his lap times and setting a best of 1’41.302 with his CBR1000RR-R FIREBLADE by the session’s end. With this result, the Argentinian closed this opening session well up the field, in fourteenth place and just over one second from the top.
The second session ran in ideal conditions during the afternoon (air 23°C, track 31°C), and almost all riders were able to improve on their morning’s best times. Mercado was no exception, lowering his time in the last couple of minutes, albeit by just a fraction of a second. A time of 1’41.233 nevertheless saw him finish just four tenths of a second from the top ten.
This result as good as consolidated his earlier position, the MIE Racing Honda rider placing fifteenth overall in the day’s combined standings.