News 4 Feb 2016

Brookes back on track in Aragon WorldSBK testing

High winds affect day one of final European test.

Source: Supplied.

Source: Supplied.

The two-day MotorLand Aragon test planned for this week has seen the first session largely disrupted by high winds, with conditions leaving riders in the pits for a good part of the day.

The two Kawasaki Racing Team riders of Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes, who were planning on using the test to confirm their engine configuration for the start of the season, chose to stay off track and wait for a hopeful improvement on day two.

Pedercini riders Sylvain Barrier and Saeed Al Sulaiti did however manage some laps on their Kawasakis, braving the conditions to register some lap times. Frenchman Barrier explained: “Today’s test wasn’t very useful from a technical perspective. I managed very few laps and we couldn’t try any different set ups because it was difficult to even stay on the track.”

Sharing the track with the Kawasaki teams was Milwaukee BMW, intending on using the valuable track time to make further progress before the final preseason test in Phillip Island. Riders Josh Brookes and Karel Abraham both went out on track and found some positives were gained.

“Despite the wind, today was very useful for me,” said Brookes. “I’ve never been to the circuit before and I’ve done a lot of laps today, so I’m confident I know the track well enough now so that that won’t be an excuse come the race.

“If I’m not fast enough then it’s not because I didn’t know the track. The wind makes it hard to be sure but I get the feeling that this track has flagged up a few more issues with the bike than in Jerez. There’s a little bit more to be studied here than what we thought was so clear at Jerez. I’m hoping the wind will be gone more tomorrow.”

Karel Abraham agreed the time had been a worthwhile investment: “I think today was a really important day for us because we found out a lot of new things and a lot of different set ups, especially with the electronics.

“But at the same time, unfortunately only with the electronics, or mainly with them, because it was so windy. We could probably go faster than today by even a few seconds, but with that wind you never know when you’re going to fall off. Hopefully for day two the weather will be better.”

The test continues with one more day for the teams to profit from before the freight is packed up for Phillip Island for the 22-23 February test prior to the opening round from 26-28 February.

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