Alex back on track at Misano test
The official Kawasaki Racing Team line-up of Alex Lowes and Jonathan Rea have just completed their first day of track action since the global Covid-19 outbreak brought about an enforced halt to the 2020 season, with each rider setting a strong pace at the Misano circuit in Italy. The tests will continue tomorrow, 25th June.
Alex and Jonathan have already scored a race win apiece at the opening round of the championship in Australia on March 1st and got re-introduced to the power of their world-beating Ninja ZX-10RR machines today, in what proved to be warm temperatures and consistently dry track conditions. They also got used to a grippy new track surface that covers the entire 4.226km long layout.
‘New-normal’ working conditions were a fresh challenge at this test, given the restrictions put in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Despite this unusual reality the team were able to make real progress with their planned workload while adhering to their strict safety guidelines.
With one more day of Misano testing scheduled for tomorrow a more comprehensive official press release will be issued at that time, to wrap-up the thoughts of riders and team about their welcome return to meaningful track action.
“We had a really good day and it was so nice to get back out on the bike. Obviously, it took me a few laps this morning just to get the feeling and get my brain back up to speed. There were a couple of things I wanted to try – back-to-back comparisons – that we learned at Phillip Island. We were able to get up to a good enough pace today to be able to try them and we have a good direction for tomorrow. I did my best lap during a long run, at the hottest point of the day, so I am really happy with that. I think we did 84 laps and I am ready for another good day tomorrow.”