Alex sets to work in scorching Jerez
Arriving in Jerez after experiencing positive results from two recent tests at Misano and Catalunya, Alex Lowes and teammate Jonathan Rea bonded early with their Ninja ZX-10RR machines in the high ambient and track temperatures in southern Spain. Despite some cloud cover early in the morning, temperatures rose to 34°C for FP2.
The lap times in the morning session were generally better for most competitors, as the track was cooler and offered more outright grip. Alex was just 0.357 seconds from the quickest time today.
After a five-month gap in action since the previous round in Australia valuable points will be available once more, starting on Saturday afternoon. Alex leads the championship, with Rea fourth overall. Each KRT rider has won a race already in 2020 and will have three chances to do so again this weekend.
Saturday 1 August hosts race one, over 20 laps, with the 10-lap Superpole race and then the final 20-lap race two on Sunday.
Before any racing takes place there will be an FP3 session and then Superpole qualifying on Saturday, which will determine the grid positions for race one and the Superpole race.
“I think the biggest challenge is going to be tyres in these kinds of temperatures, so in the afternoon session I just used the same tyre and tried to adapt the bike a little bit. We made a few small changes and rode until the end of the session. My pace was not too bad and I did my best laps at the end. That was quite good and I just need to improve the front set-up of the bike, during the trail-braking phase. If we can improve that for tomorrow I think we will be not too bad. This afternoon’s session was better than this morning’s session and I think it was more relevant for temperature. I felt a bit more comfortable and the races should be held in hotter conditions, later in the day.”