Crutchlow gets straight onto the pace on day one
Yamaha World Supersport rider Cal Crutchlow got straight onto the pace today at the Portimao circuit. Starting with very clear intentions to perform at the top, he spent the first day's free practice session testing out tyres and bike set up, and was typically consistently fast. Crutchlow spent the majority of the session as the fastest rider, only dropping to second at the end behind Kenan Sofuoglu.
Team mate Fabien Foret also enjoyed a good first session on the track. The French rider was firmly inside the top six for the majority of the free practice, dropping to seventh at the end, less than two tenths of a second behind Gary McCoy in sixth.
Cal Crutchlow, Yamaha World Supersport Team (2nd, 1'45.652)
"it wasn't a bad session, today, definitely good enough for the first one of the weekend. We've shown we've got the pace to win the race; we just need to be careful this weekend. There are a lot of guys up there who are going pretty fast. We're going to keep on our toes and keep doing what we're doing and look forward to the race."
Fabien Foret, Yamaha World Supersport Team (7th, 1'46.473)
"A good first day for me. We had a new front tyre I tried at the end which was interesting but I didn't go to its full potential for an amazing lap time, I was focusing on being consistent and trying to get the rhythm of the pace for the race. I'm happy, even with seventh. For me it's not a big deal, it's more important to be happy with the bike and set up which I am so it should be ok tomorrow."
Wilco Zeelenberg, Yamaha World Supersport Team Manager
"we are pleased with the first session. Cal was consistently fast which was good. At the end Sofuoglu came a bit faster but it's not a big worry as we know we can be faster and the bike feels really good. The track doesn't feel great for the riders but tomorrow there should be more rubber on there. Fabien felt really happy with his front end set up which is really important for him so I'm a happy man at this moment, let's see what tomorrow brings."