News 27 Nov 2017

Rea blitzes WorldSBK testing in Spain to round out 2017

World champion quicker than MotoGP bikes on final day of action.

Source: Supplied.

Reigning Superbike world champion Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) continued to impress with his ZX-10RR machine, as he completed the Jerez test with a lap-time over a second faster than the circuit record.

Rea was quicker than the MotoGP bikes also out on track last week, posting a 1m37.986s to lead teammate Tom Sykes on the time-sheets.

Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team duo of Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark had a positive week in Southern Spain, as the duo began to work according to the 2018 regulations. British rider Lowes was particularly impressive with his lap-times, ending the week with a 1m38.622s.

Red Bull Honda’s Leon Camier made his first appearance on the CBR1000RR SP2 and he was able to deliver with some impressive performances over three days. His final time of 1m39.333s, which he set on his final lap of the weeks boosted him into fourth position overall, leaving Jerez with a strong result into the winter. Racing – Ducati rider Marco Melandri was able to work a lot on the new regulations and collected a lot of data for Ducati technicians to work on over the winter. His time of 1m39.577s was enough to put him in the top six, while team-mate Chaz Davies was at home recuperation following a big crash on Wednesday.

Xavi Fores (BARNI Racing Team) continued to have a strong test as he awaits the 2018 parts for his Panigale, ending the test in fifth position overall, focusing heavily on his swing-arm and weight into the rear. After re-signing for the satellite Ducati team, he has begun a strong testing regime and has been working with the new regulations.