(Motorinformed.com) – In addition to BMW and Honda, Kawasaki also took advantage of the last test opportunity of the year at the Jerez Circuit in Spain. Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes were out on the track on Wednesday and Friday. Thursday was a day of rest and gave the engineers the opportunity to evaluate the new developments.
Jonathan Rea is satisfied with the technical developments
The goal for this test was to improve the overall performance of the Ninja ZX-10RR with racing tires. In the best weather on Friday, Rea set the fastest time with 1: 38.8 minutes. Overall, Kawasaki was satisfied with the improvements.
“First we concentrated on the chassis,” explains Pere Riba, Rea’s crew chief. “We compared different parts and got good results. Johnny gave good and accurate information. That helps a lot for development.”
“On the first day we tried something new from Showa. Johnny was very happy with that too. On the second day we focused on the engine, because Kawasaki had worked hard to send us new material for 2022.”
“We worked with the engine and the clutch. Johnny was happy in this regard too. The rhythm was very strong in terms of lap times. We didn’t use any qualifying tires. I’m very happy with this test.”
Alex Lowes and Jonathan Rea talk about the new development parts Zoom
Vice world champion Rea praises the efforts of Kawasaki and Showa, because next year they want to contest world champions Toprak Razgatlioglu and Yamaha for the title again. Rea had to go to the limit too often in the past season in order to keep up.
“I had a lot of fun on the bike and we worked through everything on the list”, Rea commented on the test in Jerez. “To be honest, it was mentally quite challenging because I haven’t driven for a while and have worked a lot here.”
“Now is a very important phase because we have to react to our findings and re-evaluate a few things in January. Now I’m looking forward to going home and spending Christmas with my family.”
Teammate Lowes was only able to test with limitations as he is still recovering from injuries. He felt his shoulder too, but noted that it was getting better. For the British, too, there is now a welcome break.
Kawasaki has also planned the next private test drives for the end of January in Jerez.