Looking to evaluate the 2015 engine regulations, Lowes accomplished 18 laps in the drying conditions, while de Puniet circulated for 17 before the rain returned. Undeterred by the heavy downpour, the Frenchman resumed his study of the Suzuki Superbike, completing a further 15 laps to conclude the day satisfied with the development so far.
‰ÛÏWe were not so lucky with the weather today, the track condition was not very good as it didn‰Ûªt fully dry, but I did about 20 laps in these conditions and I was happy as the feeling was quite good." De Puniet commented.
"We decided to try the bike in the wet and the feeling was really, really good, the lap time was very fast; and I was immediately confident on the bike and with the Pirellis. We have already adjusted the mapping and the suspension and it is nice to have a good bike already; now I just need to adjust my riding style.
"I am happy and I‰Ûªm hoping for dry conditions tomorrow to allow us to improve a lot but I think it is a good start. The feeling with the team is good, they are very professional; and I‰Ûªm excited to start the season!‰Û