Rea at Aragon test: "We’re just scratching the surface with the new items!"

Wednesday, 25 November 2020 16:55 GMT

WorldSBK testing continues as two teams head to MotorLand Aragon for a two-day test

Three bikes took to the track at MotorLand Aragon for day one of the final test of the season as both Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK and OUTDO Kawasaki TPR tested for the final time in 2020, looking to continue learning as much as they can ahead of what is shaping up to be a phenomenal MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship season in 2021.

The track was open from 10am to 5pm local time (GMT+1) for reigning Champion Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK), teammate Alex Lowes and Belgian rider Loris Cresson (OUTDO Kawasaki TPR) as the trio completed the penultimate day of testing of the calendar year at the Alcañiz circuit.

Rea continued where he left off at the previous test in Jerez as he and the team continued to test new items that they hope will add to their success from the last six years, including work on the engine as well as new items. Discussing his day, where he posted a best time of 1’49.716s, Rea said: “It was a positive day because we kept working with the items we had from the Jerez test. We really worked step-by-step on the engine side to really understand all the different feelings I have, all the different parameters we can exploit with the bike and we can draw some really good conclusions.”

He added: “We started work with some chassis items and that list is still growing so what we can’t finish in this test at MotorLand, we’ll take forward to the 2021 pre-season tests. All-in-all, I’m very happy. Lap times are very fast. I feel good on the bike, but I still know the potential is much better because we’re just scratching the surface with the new items.”

Teammate Lowes was also out on track as he looked to build on his race-winning campaign in his first year with KRT, which featured a strong end to the season with two podiums at the penultimate round at Magny-Cours. Lowes reacted to the day, saying: “It was a pretty good day today. The temperatures in Aragon are a little bit cold so it took a while for the track to warm up so we could get into some proper testing. With a few new parts to try, we wanted to take the opportunity to confirm some of the things we tried that were positive in Jerez. We got a lot done and the couple of things we tried last week worked this week.”

Lowes, whose best time was a 1’49.832s, added: “From my side, we’re really happy because two tracks at different circuits with different temperatures and we have a really good feeling with the bike. It’s been really good. Hopefully it’s dry tomorrow, there’s a couple of things we’d like to try before we go into the Christmas break. The guys have worked really well today, there’s always lots to do at testing especially when you have new parts and fitting them to the bike so thanks to them and hopefully the weather plays ball tomorrow.”

Cresson was also present at the test as he continued to learn WorldSBK machinery following his debut at the season-ending Estoril Round where he raced for OUTDO Kawasaki TPR. Remaining with the team throughout tests at Jerez and MotorLand Aragon, Cresson will continue to test tomorrow, with Rea and Lowes, which is the final day of testing.

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