The forecasted weather for this weekend’s #GBRWorldSBK predicts rain for Saturday and Sunday, however in todays Friday free practice it remained dry for both sessions. Tom Sykes, eager to return to his winning ways around the 4.023 m circuit was quick out the box and made an instant impact to the timing sheets in FP1. Despite a small crash at T11 in the early stages he ended the session in P3 (1’28.202). Michael van der Mark who took the double race win here in 2018 equally had a solid opening session this morning, lapping consistently in the low 1’29.000’s throughout FP1 to finish in P10 (1’29.104).
FP2 was not without drama for the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team. Sykes in the opening laps had a crash at T6 /7, barrel rolling his BMW M 1000 RR into the gravel. The crew did a fantastic job in getting Tom back out for the final 12 minutes as he finished the session in eleventh, P6 on combined times. Michael made some good steps in FP2 improving on his initial 1’29.104 lap time from this morning’s session. His best lap being a 1’28.549, just +1.025 from P1.