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WFR wrap-up Alcarras test
7 March 2012
The WFR Honda team completed their final day on track at Alcarras on Wednesday as Alex Lowes, Graeme Gowland and James Westmoreland wrapped up six days of Spanish testing ahead of their return to the UK.
The trios main focus for the final day was on improving corner entry speed.
Lowes was hampered by a crash early in the last morning, but uninjured he was able to continue later in the day.
"Today wasn't too good as I crashed early in the session this morning and it meant I missed out on some time,” he said. “I just wanted to get out and have a good last day, but I think I pushed a bit too hard on a cool track so I only managed to get out for a few runs this afternoon.
“We were still able to make some changes in the right direction and even though I felt sore I got down to my best lap times of the test. I am feeling happy with how it has gone here in Spain and it was easier than I thought it would be to go fast straight away without making too many changes.
“We have done a lot of work on corner entry as that was where we were losing out to start with, but now there is a big difference and everything is good. Even though I had a crash I am feeling fine and looking forward to chilling out before we get back out on track in a few weeks at a BSB track."
Gowland was confident that the team had made big steps forward since arriving at the track on Monday.
"It has been a really good test for us and I think we have solved all the problems that we had when we first went out on track last November,” he declared. “We have made some big changes but I think we have got to where we need to be and I think we are in a good position.
“We knew that this year we need to work to make the tyre last and with the changes we have made there have been some big steps forward. We have also worked on the control of the bike into the corners and that is where it makes a big difference for lap times.
“We have made up over two seconds between the first day of arriving and when we have left; some of that is down to knowing the track better but it is still a big improvement. As always there are still areas where we can improve when we go to Snetterton.”
Westmoreland was able to complete longer runs and was feeling positive that the changes they have made will help with tyre wear over race distance.
"It was an awesome final day here,” he said. “We managed to work through some chassis changes and refined what we had so I feel happy. We did a race run which was really consistent and we could lap in quick times even on the final lap. After the race run we found something to cure the corner entry problem we had to begin with.
“We are a lot closer to the finished article now. We have made a good improvement as the main area we lacked was corner entry. Our bike was strong everywhere in 2011 except that one place, hopefully now we have resolved that and improved in other areas too simultaneously."
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