WEATHER HAMPERS PROGRESS FOR TEAM SUZUKI ALSTARE
Despite bad weather throughout the two days of tests in Portimao, Team Suzuki Alstare rider Michel Fabrizio left the track in a positive frame of mind and happy with his continuing understanding of the GSX R1000 bike and his new team.
It rained a lot during the two days and although the sun came out for a while today, it was not long before the rain came down again and soaked the track. In conditions like these, it was difficult for Michel and the team to work through the whole list of the things they needed to try but at least he was able to find a good wet weather set-up. Michel (70 laps, best lap 1:57.1)
Conditions were not good here at all and there was no real possibility of ever going out on slick tyres. There were times when it looked as if the track would dry out and then it would rain again! It was not so bad when the track was soaking wet because then I could use full wet tyres and find out about the grip level - which is not so bad. Sometimes the track was mostly dry with some wet patches - usually in the corners - and that was pretty difficult to manage.
I did actually put some slicks on at one stage, but as soon as I did that, it began to rain and so we had to take them off and put on wets again! It was that kind of test, but these things happen and you just have to get on with it as best you can.
I am very happy about my bike and the team. Even though conditions were not good, I was able to understand more about the bike and also get more used to my team. Of course, we were all disappointed that we didn't have the chance to try many different things, but the important thing is that we did learn some things and so it was all very positive.
Now I will have a bit of break, spend some time with my family and then look forward to my next test, next year. I wish you all the best for Christmas and I'll see you again in the New Year.
-source: suzuki alstare