Higher RPM and electronics work for Lowes at Jerez test, "really good, enjoying" working with Riba

Thursday, 23 November 2023 16:58 GMT

A new crew chief and testing plenty of setups for 2024: Alex Lowes’ final test of the 2023 off-season is underway and it seems to be going well so far

It was a bright start to testing for Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK), with the British rider getting good track time at the Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto in Andalusia, Spain. The #22 had a variety of things to work on throughout the day and will continue that into day two, where he hopes to find conclusive results to carry on making gains in the new year.”

“We were working on some electronics, the RPM that we can use in 2024 and some suspension modifications from Showa,” began the Englishman, who moves over to work with Pere Riba after Jonathan Rea’s departure. “We also had a chassis balance change from what I was using, something similar to what Jonny was using with some ideas from Pere. It’s really good working with him; obviously, he has a lot of experience working with Jonathan but also from when he was a rider himself, so I feel like he understands me quite well already and I’m really enjoying working with the new guys in the team.”

Lowes is joined by Axel Bassani (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) in the green team this year, with the six-time WorldSBK podium finisher needing to do plenty of adapting from V4 machinery of Ducati last year to the inline four of Kawasaki’s ZX-10RR for next year. The 24-year-old finishing sixth in the Championship in 2023, claiming Best Independent for the second season.

Commenting on his new teammate, Lowes praised Bassani: “Axel is doing a good job but obviously, he has a lot more work to do than when he was testing with the Independent team but it’s great to have him with us. For day two, long runs and putting everything together before we go into the winter with everything we found at the last test but also on day one this week, to see what else we need to really work on before the January tests and next season.”

The #22 set his best lap time of the test on the second day, posting a 1’38.762s. This was around three tenths away from the time Andrea Locatelli (Pata Yamaha Prometeon WorldSBK) set during their two-day test earlier in the week, when the Italian posted a 1’38.447s. In total, Lowes lapped the Jerez circuit 150 times across the test.

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