2016 pre-season testing continues, minus the fog.
Thankfully for those in attendance at MotorLand Aragon, the fog lifted as the second and final day of this week’s WorldSBK private test took place on Tuesday.
The improvement in the weather came as great relief to the teams and riders, as nobody had been able to post more than 25 laps on Day 1 due to a combination of heavy fog in the morning and low track temperatures for the duration of the day.
In terms of test programmes there were no significant changes, although workloads naturally increased following the distinct lack of track time 24 hours earlier.
Hayden continued to work with new Crew Chief Gerardo Acocella, focusing on seat, feet and handlebar positioning with the CBR1000RR SP. On the other side of the Honda World Superbike Team garage, Michael van der Mark acknowledged that the Japanese bikes are looking to make up a deficit in horsepower ahead of 2016.
Xavi Fores continued to ride alongside Chaz Davies on the second Aruba.it Racing-Ducati SBK Team Panigale R, while it remains to be seen as to whether Davide Giugliano will return at Jerez next week.
At the Pata Yamaha World Superbike squad, Sylvain Guintoli is riding with the #50 with which he won the WorldSBK title in 2014, ploughing on his learning of the YZF-R1. Alex Lowes also resumed his duties, having reunited with Crew Chief Ian Prestwood with whom the English rider wrapped up the British Superbike title in 2013.
Perhaps the most inquisitive story of the day was the potential lap time achieved by WorldSBK Champion Jonathan Rea. As he continued development work with team-mate Tom Sykes, Kawasaki Racing Team reported that Rea had posted a lap time of 1’50.4 with the new Ninja ZX-10R. No official lap times were revealed, although such pace would be quicker than the fastest race laps of the Aragon races earlier this year.
Numerous WorldSBK riders now travel to Milan for this weekend’s EICMA motorcycle show. The next on-track action will come from next week’s private test in Jerez, where several teams and riders will be present between Monday and Friday.
Unofficial testing times for Tuesday 17 November:
1- Jonathan REA / Kawasaki ZX-10R: 1’50.3
2- Chaz DAVIES / Ducati Panigale R: 1’51.0
3= Tom SYKES / Kawasaki ZX-10R: 1’51.1
3= Alex LOWES / Yamaha YZF-R1: 1’51.1
5- Xavi FORES / Ducati Panigale R: 1’51.3
6- Michael VAN DER MARK / Honda CBR1000RR SP: 1’51.5
7- Nicky HAYDEN / Honda CBR1000RR SP: 1’51.8
8- Sylvain GUINTOLI / Yamaha YZF-R1: 1’52.5