Pata Yamaha WorldSBK duo Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark have been experimenting with the new rev limit at the Jerez test and are finding that a different way of riding has to be used - at the Andalucian track at least.
Lowes is having to shift up earlier in some corners in order to get the most from his R1 engine and says it will be interesting to see what happens at other circuits. He has also been working more on corner-entry speed with new crew chief Andrew Pitt.
“One of the biggest areas I am working on personally is corner entry, as this year I was forcing the bike, so I’ve been finding a few solutions to help me, but as a team there’s been a lot of new parts but we’ve been working a lot. Today we used the new RPM, in this track there are a few corners where we need to make one extra gear shift up, so I had to get used to that and it will be interesting to see how this in on other circuits,” said the Derby rider.
Van der Mark is upbeat about the new rev limit, saying it is positive for the Superbike, and he is looking forward to a lot of electronic upgrades in 2018.
“We have been testing with the new regulations which for us have been quite positive, we are still working out what to do with the gearing but the first feeling is quite good for us. Next year we have many electronic updates, we are trying many new things and a different system, we have a lot to do,” said the Dutchman.
“I am really happy with the pace so far, but we have a lot more to test on the last day. Which I am really happy about, it’s a good thing to have so many things to test and you can go away in the winter and think about what is better or not.
“We are testing set ups from last year back to back, we just have to keep the new regulations and try different set ups. I look forward to tomorrow, it’s the last day of the year riding and I still enjoy it after so many laps.”