Reigning Champion Jonathan Rea got to test the 2021 Kawasaki machine for the first time as the two-day Jerez test continued
Testing is a chance to try new setups and parts with the aim of getting to or staying at the front, and for Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) this was true as he got to test the new Kawasaki ZX-10RR for the first time on day two of testing at the Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto for MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship machines.
Rea was able to take his new machine out on track on the second day and wasted no time taking to the track in the warm conditions of Andalusia. The bike, which features a new front fairing designed to increase front end stability and aerodynamics, has kept mostly the same setup from 2020 when Rea won his sixth consecutive World Championship. Teammate Alex Lowes was also at the test but still testing the 2020 machine as the team got a side-by-side look at the two machines on track. Rea has also been testing a new engine in both the 2021 and 2020 machines throughout the test.
The 2021 Yamaha was shared between Toprak Razgatlioglu (PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team) and Garrett Gerloff (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team) during the morning, with Razgatlioglu working on slow corner turning as well as geometry and setup of the YZF R1, as well as testing a new swingarm and some other small parts. After Razgatlioglu switched from the 2021 machine and returned back on track, he had a crash at Turn 1.
Both WorldSBK rookies Andrea Locatelli (PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team) and Kohta Nozane (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team) were both present as they continued to get up to speed on a WorldSBK machine; Nozane having a crash at Turn 9 on a damp part of the track and losing the front of his bike.
How’s this for a #WheelieWednesday by @GRTYamahaWSBK newcomer Kohta Nozane? He might’ve been making his #WorldSBK testing debut yesterday, but he certainly wasn’t afraid of lifting that front wheel over the kerb in Jerez!#YamahaRacing | #WeR1 pic.twitter.com/otsgvQilTO— Yamaha Racing (@yamaharacingcom) November 18, 2020
Both Team HRC riders were at the test with Leon Haslam reporting a strange vibration during the early stages of the test but unsure where it was coming from. The team did change a tyre to see if that resolved the issue with Haslam able to continue putting in laps alongside teammate Bautista.
Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) continued to impress his team on day two of the test as the team tried out some new brake discs, while Mahias was happy with the handling of his Kawasaki machine as well as in the change of direction phase around the track. Loris Cresson (OUTDO Kawasaki TPR) continued to acclimatise to a WorldSBK machine as he jumped back on his bike; looking to bounce back from a crash yesterday, while Isaac Viñales (ORELAC Racing VerdNatura) also continued to get up to speed following his first day of WorldSBK action yesterday.
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