The MIE Racing Althea Honda team is out on track at Jerez de la Frontera in Spain for round 2 of the 2020 Superbike World Championship. Riders Takumi Takahashi and rookie Lorenzo Gabellini, who competes with the squad for the first time this weekend, have completed the day’s two free practice sessions, which ran in hot and sunny conditions.t
During the day’s sessions, the first WorldSBK action since round 1 concluded at Phillip Island on March 1, pre-covid19 lockdown, the MIE Racing Althea Honda riders worked with their respective technicians to adapt their CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP to both their riding style and the track conditions. Considering that both riders need time to build confidence and better understand their new bikes, the squad is taking a methodical, ‘step by step’ approach in its work. There was also the heat to content with, track temperatures rising to 40°-plus during the day’s second session.
By the end of day one, Takahashi had achieved a fastest time of 1’42.583, set in the final stages of the afternoon, with which he positioned twenty-first overall. Gabellini recorded his best performance towards the start of the afternoon’s second practice, a best of 1’42.951 seeing him round out day one just behind his team-mate in twenty-second position.