Reigning World Superbike champions Kawasaki Racing Team is gearing up for its final winter test at Jerez before the testing ban commences between December and mid-January.
Both Jonathan Rea and team-mate Tom Sykes will be present at the Spanish circuit for track time on Monday and Tuesday, split by an evaluation day on Wednesday, before a final two days of circuit action to round out the week.
The reigning WSBK champion says he and the team will continue the work completed at the previous tests with new parts for the 2016 Kawasaki ZX-10R to make key decisions for next year.
“Kawasaki and the team have been developing the bike and the next thing for us to focus on at Jerez is my riding position to see if we can achieve a bit more grip, and just more feeling with the bike,” Rea said. “Aside from that, we have tested many items so far and we will also test front forks here. We will put all the best items together to work on our performance.
“I would imagine we would finish this test with some longer race simulations. This is a very important test because we need to be clear and precise in our work to make sure we have the right material at the next ones.”
Sykes says he's been delighted with the progress already made in the previous tests and will use the final test of 2015 to work on bike set-up with one eye already on the 2016 WSBK season opener at Phillip Island in February.
“Our base after the recent Motorland tests felt really good and now we need to try and improve some things in all areas,” Sykes explained. “In the last run at Motorland we tried a few things and our consistency appears very good.
“Overall our tests have been positive. It is really nice to see that the direction we have worked along in the past with the Ninja ZX-10R is the same direction our new improvements are also moving in. We can go to Jerez now to test again with a lot more information, with a lot more track time available, and really try to get closer to a bike set-up that we need to take to Phillip Island.”
The factory Kawasaki squad will be joined at the final winter test at Jerez by fellow factory-backed entries from Yamaha, Ducati and Honda, as well as the recently announced Althea Racing BMW team with new riders Jordi Torres and Markus Reiterberger.