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    Lowes and Voltcom Crescent Suzuki on top in Portugal


    Date: Monday, January 20, 2014 Lowes and Voltcom Crescent Suzuki on top in Portugal Voltcom Crescent Suzuki successfully concluded its week of pre-season testing with Alex Lowes topping the Portimao timesheets today, following on from Eugene Laverty’s quickest time on the first day of the test.   Lowes' and Laverty’s  detailed  evaluations after four-days on-board the Yoshimura-powered GSX-R, firstly in Almeria, Spain and for the last two-days at Portimao in Portugal, enabled the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki squad to refine the 2014 Öhlins Suspension and newly developed electronic control strategies, as the pair completed a thorough test schedule.    A full day of testing today saw the team working non-stop to ensure the most efficient use of time and track. Lowes completed 165 laps over the 2 days in Portimao (725kms of flat-out riding!) on a track he had never previously ridden, while Laverty completed 133. The distance covered allowed the team numerous chassis setting evaluations to find the best balance for braking stability, steering and rear grip to further the developments made in Almeria.  Laverty’s 1’43.4 topped the unofficial day one times, from the four factory World Superbike teams running on a blustery day one at Portimao, with his teammate Lowes taking the top spot overall in the combined two-day timings with a 1’42.5 as Laverty also improved to a 1"42.6.  The Voltcom Cresc

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