After a troubled first day at the San Juan circuit, with low grip in both WorldSBK sessions and talk of maybe not being able to race for some, greater track cleaning efforts and having cars lap the track to clean the surface more thoroughly, meant lap times got into strong territory compared to last year – around four seconds faster today than Friday’s practices.
Gregorio Lavilla, Executive Director of Sporting and Organisation for Dorna in WorldSBK, explained the overnight improvements.
“After yesterday we understood the situation and we understood as well that it was going to improve because we made a lot of efforts and the boys stayed here until the night time to work,” said Lavilla.
This morning at seven we were here working again. Basically, I will say that the track now, in terms of the racing line, is in a good condition, because the lap times proved that.
‘We still have to work a bit in cleaning what is outside the racing line. For passing or avoiding any possible mistakes from a rider going outside the line and getting caught by a low grip track.
“We will have a meeting with the safety commission riders and then see. But in my opinion, things have changed considerably since yesterday.”
After the meeting it was agreed that the weekend schedule would continue as planned and with the same timings, with Superpole and Race One going ahead on Saturday.