Jonathan Rea leads the post-season Jerez test

Kawasaki was one of three manufacturers in action during testing, which started on Wednesday and ended on Friday, with BMW and Honda, without Ducati and Yamaha.

Rea topped Day 1 clocking 1m39.561s, exactly six tenths more than his closest rival, BMW’s Michael van der Mark, before Rea and teammate Alex Lowes opted out of the race. from Thursday.

This put van der Mark at the top of the timesheets that day, his best effort of 1,39,788s falling slightly short of Rea’s effort on day one, but once Kawasaki came back to the In action on Friday, Rea was able to lower his own benchmark by eight tenths as he posted a 1m38.831s.

With van der Mark failing to improve his time on Thursday, that gave Rea a 0.957 second lead on the combined timesheets, bolstered by the arrival of a revised chassis and electronics for the ZX10- RR.

“I had a lot of fun on the bike and we managed to pass everything we had on the list in this test,” commented the six-time world champion. “Now is the important time as we will act on our findings and try to improve and reassess some elements again in January.

“The weather was great in Jerez, fairly consistent, and we had a lot of valuable track time. To be honest this test was quite difficult mentally as I did a lot of the work and had been off the bike ever since. some time. .”

Lowes, still not 100% fit from the injuries that cut short his 2021 season, finished third overall and made a Kawasaki brace on the final day of racing with 1m39.865s, just over a second out of the rhythm of Rea.

BMW newcomer Scott Redding was fourth in the three days with a time of 1m39.909 on Thursday, just over a tenth behind teammate van der Mark, in what was only his second test ride in the M1000RR after his first run on his new bike. last week in Estoril.

Bonovo BMW satellite drivers Loris Baz and Eugene Laverty were also in action at Jerez. Baz set the third fastest time on Friday to finish fifth overall.

Honda rookie Xavi Vierge also clocked his best time on Friday to place sixth overall ahead of Laverty, but Virgo teammate Iker Lecuona was forced to miss the final day of racing after breaking a finger. to the right hand in a sideways accident at Turn. 12 Thursday.

Lecuona’s best time came on his second day aboard the CBR1000RR-R on Thursday, leaving him just over two-tenths slower than his fellow novice WSBK Virgo.

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