Alex happy with progress at Montmelo test
The Montmelo circuit near Barcelona will join the WorldSBK calendar for 2020 and the locally based KRT official WorldSBK team had a chance to test there on Monday 27th January.
As many of their rivals completed a two-day test at Portimao Alex Lowes and teammate Jonathan Rea rode their official Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR machines around the highly regarded MotoGP circuit of Montmelo.
A wet start led to a dry afternoon as the team started working through final aspects of machine set-up, and confirmation of components and ideas tried out during other winter tests. The KRT duo and the team’s technical staff left Montmelo with both valuable data and clearer ideas of the final plans for the opening round of the season in Australia next month.
Jonathan worked on balance and overall set-up on his Ninja ZX-10RR machine while Alex learned not just a new track layout but also more aspects of his Ninja ZX-10RR’s character to take into the first competitive round.
The final pre-season tests will take place at Phillip Island, the venue for the opening round in Australia, just a few days before the start of a whole new racing season. The team launch in Barcelona will take place on February 6, before the long flights down under begin.
“I want to say a big thank to KRT for working really hard to get us this extra test. Obviously I have not had too many chances to have dry laps this winter so I really appreciate this extra day at Montmelo. The track is fantastic. It is always exciting coming to a track for the first time. I am getting old now so there are not many tracks I have not ridden! I have really enjoyed it today and I probably learned more about the bike than in the other tests, so that is really positive for me going into Phillip Island. I really enjoyed working with the team and I cannot wait to start racing now.”