Leon Camier and Ryuichi Kiyonari begin their preparation for the Italian round at Imola
Moriwaki Althea Honda’s Leon Camier and Ryuichi Kiyonari took advantage of the mild temperatures and sunny conditions which blessed the opening day of the Italian WorldSBK round, the riders and technicians alike working hard to adapt the setup of the bikes to the technical and challenging Imola racetrack.
By the end of the day, Leon had set the fifteenth fastest lap time in 1’48.528, improving on his morning’s performance by roughly eight tenths of a second.
Ryuichi also improved on his lap times over the two sessions, by almost a second, closing day one in sixteenth position with a fastest time of 1’49.099.
The two Moriwaki Althea Honda Team riders will be back on track tomorrow morning for the third and final practice at 9am, before the Superpole at 11am and Race1 at 2pm local time.
15TH (COMBINED) 1’48.528
“To be honest we are not that far away from the group in front. I think there are still a couple of little things we can do to improve the bike’s setup. I just hope the others don’t make another big step so that we can get closer tomorrow. We made some small improvements already this afternoon and were able to lower our lap times a little bit. We know that the weather forecast is looking a little uncertain for the next couple of days, Sunday especially, but I look forward to riding the bike in the rain, and we’ll see how it goes.”
16TH (COMBINED) 1’49.099
“Before today, I had only ridden at Imola on one other occasion, around ten years ago, and to be honest today was more difficult than I expected. The track is very technical and demanding. It took both sessions to get used to it again, but finally things got better and at the end of FP2 I was much more comfortable. We tried some different tyre compounds and worked hard on the bike setup. Hopefully tomorrow we will be able to take another step forward.”