WSBK: Kawasaki train in Aragon
The official Kawasaki team registered in World Superbike went to the Aragon track for two days of testing. Like their MotoGP comrades in Barcelona, Sykes and Baz got hot on the Spanish track, but they turned quickly !
Three weeks separate the from the next one, scheduled for. The Greens have therefore decided to take advantage of this short break in the to join the Aragon circuit in Spain..
Selected at the start of the season by the Kawasaki team, this track gave a "warm" welcome to Tom Sykes and Loris Baz: around thirty degrees in the air and over 50 ° C on the ground during most of the taxiing performed. last Thursday and Friday !
But neither these very high temperatures, nor the appearance of rain on Thursday noon affected the morale – in good shape – of the two official pilots, and they did not further disrupt their test program carefully prepared by the engineers. Japanese and Spanish technical team Provec.
"The tests went very well", sums up Tom Sykes who initiated his uninterrupted Superpole 2013 series in Aragon!"They were very representative of Kawasaki’s positive approach: they reacted to my comments and we had a very well structured test program.".
Author of 156 laps over the whole of the two days (63 then 93 according to his chief mechanic Marcel Duinker), the English Ninja would have completed a large number of them in 1’57, ie below the lap record established by the " King "Chaz Davies during the Aragon test last April (read our).
"Tom has become a very good test pilot", rejoices Marcel Duinker:"it’s easy to work with him because he understands the bike very easily and because he attacks at 99.9% each time he goes out, so that he validates each new part through his chrono".
"In most of the cases", adds the chief engineer of the English pilot,"I can see his face when he walks into the garage whether he likes it or not. It’s very nice to have a cooperation like this".
"It was good for me to get back on the bike and clear my mind after I crashed on the formation lap in the last race in Portimao", admits for his part the n ° 66, current" n ° 2 "of the championship, 28 points behind our national Sylvain Guintoli.
"I’ve been very hard on myself ever since", explains the 2012 vice-world champion,"and to be honest I thought about it too much. It was a freak accident in Portugal and all is to learn from this mistake". In the future, it is certain, Sykes will carefully avoid cutting the lines during the warm-up laps….
On the other side of the box, Loris Baz was a hint less productive than his illustrious teammate: 90 laps, the majority of which were completed in 1’58. This remains nevertheless very satisfactory for the pilot of just 20 years, great hope of speed for France … and for the Akashi company. !
"Our lap times were solid compared to the race and Loris made great progress", says Pere Riba, its chief mechanic."With each ride, he understands the bike better and better", he continues, visibly impressed.
Fast and diligent, the French pilot is also particularly bold: "from Australia, Loris did not fall once and his only fall at Phillip Island was due to another pilot crashing into him", underlines the former Spanish driver. It helps to progress !
Undeniable proof that our "Bazooka" is excellent: it only took him a day and a half to complete his Spanish tests! "We tried everything we wanted and everything my team leader Pere Riba had thought of".
Fork, rear shock absorber, geometry, engine maps … All strategic points have been reviewed. "We mainly worked on the general feeling with the bike in race configuration and I was significantly faster than I had been in Aragon a few months ago.", rejoices Loris.
"After these last three or four races I think it was important for Loris to test", considers Pere Riba,"because it’s hard to try new things and make big changes during a race weekend".
Freed from all pressure, Loris Baz was able to work serenely on his ranges – and build them ?! – with a view to the next two races at Imola, which will mark – already – the crossing of mid-season 2013! Currently sixth in the provisional ranking, can n ° 76 claim the overall Top 5? Business to follow on Site of course: stay connected !
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