Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
The BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team today returned to the Catalan track for Round 9 of the FIM World Superbike Championship. Tom Sykes, fresh from his one-day test last month, was fast out of the blocks in FP1 and seemed to have his BMW M 1000 RR dialed in as he finished in P3. His fastest lap coming in at a 1’42.608. Teammate Michael van der Mark equally had a good first outing this morning putting himself into the top 8 with a best lap of a 1’42.863, just +0.494 behind Toprak Razgatlioglu in P1.
This afternoons FP2 session unfortunately saw Tom Sykes crash at T5, which meant he lost a lot of valuable track time early on. Fortunately, the team did a fantastic job in getting Tom out for the final 12 minutes. Sykes, unphased by his fall, was still setting fast lap times leaving him in P5 come the checkered flag, however P4 on combined session times. Michael struggled in his final session as he slipped outside the top 10 places. Despite that he still finished P8 on combined times after the opening day.