|Kawasaki Racing Team (KRT) riders Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes will be in the Spanish circuit of Jerez to participate in their first joint winter test session from 3 – 4 November.|
After Sykes had a very positive testing experience on his own recently at Motorland Aragon with the new 2016 edition of the Ninja ZX-10R, the entire team will now take its next step into the forthcoming WSBK season. Rea, who was at home for the birth of his second son during the Motorland tests, is keen to get back into action after testing some 2016 parts at a one-day session at Jerez, immediately after winning the 2015 championship in September.
Sykes found real improvements in the 2016 material and machine set-up he tested in Motorland and is now heading to Jerez to make sure he can make the most of the second test on a busy KRT winter schedule. Jerez is a particularly useful circuit to evaluate machines and parts as its 4.423km layout features a wide variety of corners and elevation changes. Its location in the south west of Spain usually provides the best weather in Europe during the winter months.
Kawasaki and the entire KRT squad will use their full winter test program to accelerate the final development of the WorldSBK specification Ninja ZX-10R in readiness for the first round of the new season at the end of February in Australia.
Sykes stated: “The KRT squad has got a quite heavy winter testing schedule, which is good. We are bound to work through our set-up again and in Jerez we have the added bonus of more new material that will be present on our bike for next year. We want to confirm our findings from the Motorland test last time out so we will try them again because we have a good timescale to work with. Jerez and Aragon are quite different racetracks so we will see how the behavior and character of the bike is in Jerez. A same or similar result will confirm the very good results from the previous Motorland test and set us off in a good direction again for the rest of the winter.”
Kawasaki Racing team intends to utilize the winter tests to find new levels of performance and maintain their WSBK champions aura. They’ve managed to try out new parts and components, thanks to the heavy rotation. The team hope to provide more finalization of the entire racing operations by the start of next year and prior to the 2016 WSBK season in February.