V4 R vs ZX-10RR: The first time out on track in the pre-season

Tuesday, 13 November 2018 09:42 GMT

MotorLand Aragon prepares to host SBK® bikes for the first winter test

There’s no time to rest throughout the winter, as MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship riders are preparing to take to the track for the first of two winter tests this week at MotorLand Aragon. Three weeks after the final race of the 2018 season, teams are already thinking ahead to the new season, and work begins this week. It will be the first time we will see Ducati’s all new Panigale V4 R take to the track, and it will be against the ZX-10RR.

Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK will be ready to do battle with their new recruit Leon Haslam, as the British rider joins reigning world champion Jonathan Rea in the Barcelona based team. Coming out fighting for the new season, Rea will continue to work on his ZX-10RR updates, whilst Haslam will begin to get acquainted with his new surroundings. Usually fast from the get-go in the winter testing, Rea will be planning to get some good mileage underneath him as he prepares for a big season ahead.

Whilst the Racing – Ducati squad will be without their new rider this week, as Alvaro Bautista continues to compete in MotoGP™, with the final round at Valencia this weekend. This means Chaz Davies will be only rider in red at MotorLand Aragon, as the British rider gets his first opportunity to try out the all new Ducati Panigale V4R. One of the most important tests this season, the 31 year old will be keen to get going and to understand what he can get out of the much anticipated new bike. It will be the first time the V4 will be out on track against Rea, and all eyes will be on the lap times.

Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team will be out on track across the two days, as Michael van der Mark and Alex Lowes prepare to embark on a new season as race winners. Armed with their YZF-R1’s, they will be ready for the new battle in 2019, working on new parts to get their machines back into the race winning ones we’ve seen this year.  The first of two tests in Spain in November, the hard work begins now for the Pata Yamaha squad.

Davies won't be the only rider trying out the all new V4 R however, as Michael Ruben Rinaldi preapres to begin his new adventure with BARNI Racing Team. Heading to MotorLand Aragon to begin his 2019 venture, the Italian will be able to try out the V4 R for the first time alongside Davies. Testing it out around the fast and sweeping MotorLand Aragon, it will be an important first two days for the youngster. 

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