Champion Rea turns attentions to Australia WSBK opener

awasaki wraps up its European pre-season tests as World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea turns his attentions to the 2016 opener in Australia.
Jonathan Rea says he cannot wait to get back to racing action as Kawasaki wrapped up the European leg of its pre-season testing programme at Motorland Aragon ahead of the 2016 World Superbike Championship.

Having spent the tests at Jerez and Aragon getting better acquainted with the new Kawasaki ZX-10R, Rea feels he is now ready for the opening event at Phillip Island, where he will look to kick off the defence of his world title.

Bidding to become the first rider since Carl Fogarty to notch up back-to-back World Superbike titles, Rea is satisfied that progress has been made at Aragon despite the disruption of high winds preventing the team from getting on track for one of the two days.

“We tried out different spec front forks and rear shocks and we changed the engine character a little bit. The information we gained we can look at over the next week to make sure we arrive at Phillip Island in good shape. We will have two good days on track in Phillip Island, which gives us more time before the races start.

“I am excited to go there because I have good memories from last year - but it also feels like home. I am just looking forward to putting everything together and having a proper race weekend. That is what we are all working toward so it is an exciting time right now.”

With Rea admitting to some initial difficulties getting comfortable on the new bike, his crew chief Pere Riba says the Spanish-based team is now focused on fettling the bike for the opening event.

“The test was positive. We tried two items that we really wanted to test. We collected some new information and we can put that in our pockets and got to PI. We tried some new fork set-ups just to check them and now we are preparing the bike for round one. We are looking forward to going to Phillip Island.”

Kawasaki will present the new ZX-10R for the 2016 season on February 11th.
by Ollie Barstow

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February 08, 2016 11:45 AM

I am certain Jonathan can get to grips with any initial problems he has as he won the title last year in magnificent style on a bike he had never ridden! Even if this year the bike has been tuned more to suit Tom Sykes riding style, Jonathan will master it and it will soon be "his"!

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