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Mixed fortunes for Lowes and Arbolino in Portimao


Day two of official Moto2 testing at the Algarve International Circuit in Portugal was one of contrasting fortunes for Elf Marc VDS Racing Team riders Sam Lowes and Tony Arbolino.

Arbolino made solid progress during an extensive test on Dunlop’s hard rear tyre option but an on-going tendonitis issue with his left wrist of means Lowes will not participate in the final day of winter testing tomorrow.
The Italian enjoyed another very productive day on the spectacular Portimao track today, with positive conclusions taken from a range of set-up modifications.
A fast and consistent race pace that left him just outside of the top 10 today was proof of Arbolino’s growing confidence with the base setting of his Kalex machine.
Winter testing concludes in Portugal tomorrow and a target of the final day for Arbolino will be to test his speed in time attack mode on Dunlop’s soft compound tyres.

“Today was another very positive day”

“We are improving the bike a lot on each day of testing, and I feel today was another very positive day. The team did another incredible job and their motivation to help me and the belief they have in me is helping a lot. We are working in the right direction, but I still think there is more to come before I’m able to show my true potential. I’m very consistent but I’d like to be a little bit faster. The good thing is I know we have margin to improve, and this is important because we are not at the limit. If we keep working like this then I’ve no doubt we will be strong right from the first race.”