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Guintoli Tops Final Session for Pata Yamaha at Phillip Island Pre-season Test

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The Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team concluded two successful days of pre-season testing at Australia's Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit today as Sylvain Guintoli claimed the fastest time in the afternoon's final session and the fifth fastest in the combined times.

Guintoli's lowside crash at turn two, with just over twenty minutes of the day's track time remaining, wasn't enough to keep the Frenchman from completing the session on top - his 1'31.940 set on his 14th lap. The number 50 rider continued the comprehensive work started with his Yamaha crew over the winter, fine tuning the chassis and electronics settings further across the eight hours of track time, and with 2016's opening race now just days away. his top-five position in the overall combined times leaves him positive for the season to come.

"A good two days here at Phillip Island, the test has been really constructive," the Frenchman said.

"I've tried lots of solutions that are working well - we ended up getting closer and closer to the leaders and ended up topping the last session so that felt good! I had a small crash at the end but nothing to worry about. The pace was really good and I felt comfortable, probably a little bit too comfortable, but in the end it was all good.

"I'm looking forward to the weekend now, it will be good to get struck in and do some racing! This track really suits the character of the YZF-R1, the bike is fantastic to ride here - with the change of direction and the long, fast corners - it's really sweet and efficient to ride.

"It's really important for our work for the first two races now not to just concentrate on one-lap pace - as Phillip Island is a very long and demanding lap on the tyres - but we've done a good job so far. As for the crash I really needed to get that out of the way as I hadn't crashed at all during the winter tests in November and January so I needed to have one and that's done. Now we're ready to start racing!"
Alex Lowes
Guintoli's team-mate Alex Lowes concentrated on adapting his riding style aboard the YZF-R1 to Phillip Island's demanding 4,445m circuit, while carefully testing his shoulder's fitness after his winter rehabilitation. Two months of hard work in the gym by the British rider matched that of the Crescent and Yamaha staff in the workshop, as Lowes concluded the two day's with 116 laps and a fastest time of 1'31.620 under his belt.

"I'm learning a lot here at Phillip Island. There is still a lot to do and I'm not riding the bike the way I need to round here, but it's going good," Lowes said.

"I felt better in the hot conditions this afternoon that I did this morning, so it's a bit difficult for me to understand clearly what has worked better as the track took quite a drop but overall I've learnt a lot. We are still continuing the work from the winter tests and concentrating on everything including my feeling with the bike and my riding style.

"I'm trying to take a step-by-step approach, not get carried away and not try too hard on testing as it's the first time I've been able to do some real laps since damaging my shoulder, so I'm happy about that and it doesn't feel too bad. I need to adapt my riding style more to the YZF-R1 so I still have quite a bit to learn but I'm hoping to peak at the right time come race weekend!"
Alex Lowes
The Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team now have two days of final preparation ahead of them before Lowes and Guintoli return to the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit for the opening race weekend of the 2016 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship, commencing on Friday 26th February.

Main Photo: Frenchman Sylvain Guintoli topped the time sheets on the final day in 38c tempratures

Combined Times - Monday and Tuesday
1 Tom Sykes 66 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 1'31.097
2 Jonathan Rea 65 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +0.152
3 Davide Giugliano 34 ITA Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.303
4 Michael van der Mark 60 NDL Honda WorldSBK Honda +0.361
5 Sylvain Guintoli 50 FRA Pata Yamaha Yamaha +0.376
6 Jordi Torres 81 SPA Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +0.429
7 Nicky Hayden 69 USA Honda WorldSBK Honda +0.461
8 Alex Lowes 22 GBR Pata Yamaha Yamaha +0.523
9 Xavi Fores 12 SPA BARNI Racing Team Ducati +0.564
10 Chaz Davies 7 GBR Aruba.it Racing Ducati +0.581
11 Markus Reiterberger 21 GER Althea BMW Racing Team BMW +0.831
12 RomÌÁn Ramos 40 SPA Team Go Eleven Kawasaki +1.381
14 Leon Camier 2 GBR MV Agusta Reparto Corse MV Agusta +1.605
15 Joshua Brookes 25 AUS Milwaukee BMW BMW +1.617
16 Mike Jones 46 AUS Desmo Sport Ducati Ducati +1.954
17 Sylvain Barrier 11 QAT Team Pedercini Kawasaki +2.050
18 Fabio Menghi 61 ITA VFT Racing Ducati +2.154
19 Alex De Angelis 15 RSM IodaRacing Team Aprilia +2.226
20 Joshua Hook 16 AUS Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +2.695
21 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Milwaukee BMW BMW +2.965
22 Dominic Schmitter 9 SWI Grillini Racing Team Kawasaki +3.567
23 Saeed Al Sulaiti 11 QAT Team Pedercini Kawasaki +3.845
24 Peter Sebestyen 56 HUN Team Toth Yamaha +4.444
25 Imre Toth 10 HUN Team Toth Yamaha +5.053
Sylvain Guintoli

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