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24-Nov-2015
All The Latest From WSBK | Jerez Test

Jonathan Rea (KRT) surprised no one with his fastest test time of the first day at Jerez, setting a 1’40.826 despite tipping-off at the fast turn 7 at one stage. His best time was set on the 60th of his 62 laps.

Second quickest was his team-mate Tom Sykes (KRT) who had two The slow falls of his own on the first day. He was only 0.073 from his team-mate on the new Kawasaki, with a 1’40.899 best.

New WSBK boy Markus Reiterberger (Althea Racing BMW) placed third fastest as he and his team got used to each other and a WSBK spec BMW. He was 1.213 seconds from Rea.

Jordi Torres (Althea Racing BMW) was fourth in his BMW debut, only 0.062 seconds back from Reiterberger, while setting the highest number of laps of anyone in the dry and sunny conditions, 80.
BSB rider James Ellison (GBMoto Racing Kawasaki) went fifth quickest on his 2016 bike, a more than respectable 1.631 seconds from Rea.

On a day where bikes from many categories shared track time Raffaele De Rosa’s Althea BMW Superstock 1000 was sixth fastest, but 2.337 seconds from the KRT Superbike of Rea.

The Turkish duo of Kenan Sofuoglu (Puccetti Racing Kawasaki WSS) and Toprak Razgatlioglu (Team Puccetti Racing Kawasaki Superstock 1000) went seventh and eighth fastest respectively.

New WSS inductee Randy Krummenacher (Puccetti Racing Kawasaki WSS) set 64 laps and was ninth quickest, ahead of CIV regular Massimo Roccoli and comeback rider from injury Jules Cluzel – both on official MV Agusta WSS machines.
Ilya Mikhalchik (DS Junior Team Kawasaki WSS) was 12th on his Kawasaki DS Junior Team ZX-6R.

Marco Melandri (MV Agusta WSBK) was not given a time on his first outing on the F4 RR Superbike.

Day One Times

1 65 Jonathan REA GBR KAWASAKI PROVEC KAWASAKI 62 60 1:40.826 
2 66 Tom SYKES GBR KAWASAKI PROVEC KAWASAKI 60 55 1:40.899 
3 21 Markus REITEMBERGER GER ALTHEA RACING BMW 54 45 1:42.039 
4 81 Jordi TORRES ESP ALTHEA RACING BMW 80 65 1:42.101 
5 77 James ELLISON GBR GBMOTO RACING KAWASAKI 60 48 1:42.457 
6 35 Raffaele DE ROSA ITA ALTHEA RACING BMW 51 49 1:43.163 
7 54 Kenan SOFUOGLU TUR TEAM PUCCETTI KAWASAKI 75 41 1:43.387 
8 154 Toprak RAZGATLIOGLU TUR TEAM PUCCETTI KAWASAKI 65 58 1:44.652 
9 4 Randy KRUMMENACHER SUI TEAM PUCCETTI KAWASAKI 64 55 1:45.019 
10 155 Massimo ROCCOLI ITA MV AGUSTA MV AGUSTA 60 45 1:45.174
11 16 Jules CLUZEL FRA MV AGUSTA MV AGUSTA 56 27 1:45.456 
12 55 Ilya MIHALCHIK RUS DS JUNIOR TEAM KAWASAKI 54 44 1:45.617

Rea Fast In Pace And Race Modes

On the first day of the Jerez tests Jonathan Rea (KRT) was as fast as we have come to expect and again he was out ahead of the rest with a 1’40.826 lap, only closely followed by his own team-mate Tom Sykes.

Despite a fall from his Ninja ZX-10R, Rea was happy with the performance of his new 2016 bike, both over a single lap and over a whole race simulation. “I think my crash was a combination of many things,” he said after the end of the opening day. “Sure, I arrived at a similar speed, but with a little bit more brake pressure. It was in turn seven and the wind was quite bad in some places on track. In some corners it was helping, on some it was really disturbing the bike and this was one of those corners.”

Rea was uninjured by his fall, but not completely unaffected, for a time at least. “It knocked our confidence a little after that but we then stopped using the SC2 tyre that we crashed on. I used the 104 tyre that they brought here for the race, the one they suggested that I would never use, to be honest. We found it was quite good and I was able to do my first race simulation of the winter tests. In the end of the day we moved the rider position a lot. We have not gone back yet but we have gone down. We have dropping the seat height, not the ride height. And the handlebar position a little bit.”

Rea was happy with his long race simulation, before the changes to weight distribution, but was even more impressed by the pace shown with his revised seating position, over a shorter run of laps.  

“We found we were very competitive and we were very happy with the result,” said the 2015 World Champion. “Then we did a ten-lap run with a new riding position and I was super-competitive. I only did ten laps but until that point I was five seconds faster than my new race simulation.”

Like his team-mate Sykes, Rea will ride again on Tuesday, have a rest day on Wednesday and then get back into two days of final 2015 testing action on Thursday and Friday.

Sykes Falls Trying New Options

On an opening day at Jerez, when Kawasaki’s normally metronomic  riders each had crashes, Tom Sykes had not one but two of them, as he and his team tried to push the boundaries a little in set-up and settings. “We had two falls today because there was a small limitation on the bike,” said Sykes. “I crashed on one extreme and then the other extreme but from the same principle. It was probably just me experimenting on how to get around the problem and understand more. In testing it is not a problem, they were slow speed crashes and the second one I saved the bike because I was underneath it,” joked Sykes, who had a positive spin to put on his two get-offs.

“Overall I am happy because even with these two crashes we still get information from them,” said Sykes. “I lost the front both times but it is good to understand because that has been a bit of a limitation in the testing. It is something we are working on but even considering this we have great pace. That is abig surprise because I was not persevering for a lap time – and I was happier with our long distance performance.”

Sykes knows that this test is the most important of the four he will have soon completed since the end of the season in Qatar. “I want to be clear that we understand what we are doing and where we are going. I am really relaxed and feel we have a better potential than last season.”

Reiterberger Learns His New Role

Compared to what he can change or modify on his previous IDM BMW S1000RR new Althea Racing BMW rider Markus Reiterberger now has a veritable world of potential adjustments, not to mention new parts and electronics. “We tried a lot of things,” smiled Reiti after his first day on track, which he finished third fastest. “We have a little bit of work for our suspension but the rest was not so bad on day one,” said Reiterberger, happy to be third after his first test day, only behind the two Kawasaki riders. “The Kawasaki is really fast - but this we know.”

So far, so good, for the German in the Italian team for 2015. “For the first day, for the team and me we can be happy; it was not so bad. We will try to get a little bit faster on the second day. We tested a lot of things to know what was good for the bike, bad for the bike, so we can fix for the next test. We made comparisons.”

Reiterberger was far from being overwhelmed by his first full day in WSBK, especially after two wildcard rides last year.

“For my part the team is new, for the team the bike is new so we tested all to be ready for the next one,” he explained. “We tested a few things for information, for data, and you can change a lot of things in World Superbike compared to IDM. There I could only change a little spring and that was it. Here you can change everything.  Electronics and everything, and I must learn these things.”

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