Having travelled straight from Jerez de la Frontera in Spain after last weekend’s tenth Superbike World Championship round, the MIE Racing Honda team is now on track at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portugal where they experienced one of their best free practice days so far this season.
This morning saw rider Leandro ‘Tati’ Mercado take to the track with his CBR1000RR-R FIREBLADE for the opening practice session. The Argentinian worked methodically with his technicians, making gradual progress throughout the phase, and taking a further step in the final minutes. Setting a best of 1’42.853, Tati rounded out the practice a solid eleventh.
Later in the day, conditions were inevitably warmer for the second timed practice and therefore more challenging. Despite this, the Argentinian lapped with similar times to the morning session, while focusing on his race pace and consistency. At the end of day one, Mercado placed fourteenth in the combined standings, feeling satisfied with the work done throughout the sessions and with the feeling he has with his bike.