KRT Riders Sykes And Rea Feel Positive after Misano Test
After a successful race weekend for the KRT squad at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli both Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea took to the 2.226km track again for an official one-day test on their Ninja ZX-10R machines. They finished 1-2 in the time sheets, with Sykes setting the best lap of 1’34.674 and Rea a 1’34.777, each using race tyres.
The KRT technical crews had to work at high intensity towards the end of the day as heavy overnight rains had reduced the available track time, leaving behind a wet surface until the late morning. Sykes posted 76 laps in total with Rea putting in 51.
The test was also an opportunity to test some new Pirelli race tyres, with both riders pleased with the performance of the new solutions, as well as the improvements made to their race machine set-up.
Developments to take the official Kawasaki WorldSBK team into the final five rounds of the season were the main focus as far as machine set-up and components were concerned today. Sykes even dipped under the existing lap record with his quickest time, despite the lack of qualifying tyres and the wet track conditions that started the day.
With the test complete the team will now pack their flight cases to head to the next round of the championship, at Laguna Seca in the United States, to be held between 8th and 10th July.
Tom Sykes, stated: “The test was so good I am quite depressed thinking about yesterday’s races – because we had such good results today! It is so difficult to go into test mode over the race weekends so in the test we evaluated some things from Showa and KHI, which were sitting ready to go, and the results were fantastic. I am really happy with our pace, especially after a long distance, and it compares well to our race pace from the weekend. I am really pleased the sun came out eventually. We did well over 70 laps and got really valuable information because we worked through a lot of things. I am happy that we have made a step forward in terms of what I need from the bike.”
Jonathan Rea, stated: “A very good test and we had a huge list of things to test and we got through all the items. We tried many things and first on the agenda were some new Pirelli rear tyres. We took our time, evaluated all the rears and one tyre was very interesting. It is good that they are developing them. Then we moved onto the team stuff and we had some items to test for gear shifting, braking, and quite a lot to do with Showa. On the electronics side we continued working with some ideas we found in our recent Jerez tests. We tried a new swingarm in the end and we got through everything we had here. This was a pure test, an evaluation test, and we were able to make a good rhythm. Every single lap we made was consistent so I am really happy.”
Marcel Duinker, Crew Chief for Tom Sykes, stated: “The first part of the test we dedicated to chassis performance. We made quite a big step – almost an unrealistic step compared to yesterday’s race. After that we tested some material that was an evolution of what we had tested over the winter and combined the best from all of those into one piece, tried it on track, and we found benefits. Even if the day was short because of the weather conditions this morning we did nearly 80 laps and made a nice step in the bike’s performance. One of the new Pirelli tyres improved our best time by four tenths and Tom said he is looking forward to using that one in a race.”
Pere Riba, Crew Chief for Jonathan Rea, stated: “We tested many, many things. Only in the afternoon because it had been wet during the morning. We did not even start the bike then. So in four hours in the afternoon we tested three different rear tyres, rear shocks, front forks, and different parts for gear shifting. We tested many different things. We tried all the parts we had and it all appears positive. Some things have been very good and we can use them in the next race, so I am happy.”