Article By Ministry of Bikes
Posted on 03 Feb 2017
Kawasaki Racing Team more than ready for the WSBK Championships
Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes, of the Kawasaki Racing Team for the World Superbike Championships have proven that they are much stronger than ever and more than ready to take on this year’s competition after a successful few days of winter testing in Spain. Both Rea and Sykes topped the time sheets with Jonathan Rea setting a time lap of 1’39.248 and Tom Sykes in 1’40.930.
However, many of the competitors from other teams were not able to compete to the best of their ability due to wet track conditions, which also meant many teams wouldn’t have got the testing time they required. Could this affect their position?
The Kawasaki Racing Team are currently preparing for their official team launch, which takes place next week in Spain, before carrying out pre-season tests at Phillip Island in Australia, before the first World Superbike round on the 24th/26th February. Looks as though Rea and Sykes have a busy few weeks to look forward to.
When asked about the winter testing and the upcoming championship, Jonathan Rea stated:
“The test was really positive. On the first day we waited for the track to dry and then we got some valuable track time. We maximised that by testing different suspension set ups, with the 2016 fork as the base, to try out some ideas. We confirmed the best chassis and suspension set up that we will start the year with and we worked with some engine components and clutches, to understand what my preference is. We practised starts and found something that was good for me. We crossed a few things off our list and back-to-backed a few things. We were also trying to look for some performance, a bit of lap time and we did that on Wednesday. We are getting ready now for Phillip Island".
Tom Sykes also commenting on the teams progress by stating that:
"On day one we started strongly and then very quickly moved on to try out many different test items and machine setup changes. We knew where we were with the base of the bike and we then used a lot of time on track to ensure we will arrive in Phillip Island with a lot less options to evaluate. We still have some small work to do in the Australian tests but because of what we did yesterday we were able to go through a lot of items. Today, in the wet, we built up speed, gradually made some small changes and ended up fairly close to where we needed to be. We found out a lot of information. We now have a cleaner slate to make our preparations for the first race. For Phillip Island we need to start being more focused on performance".