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Strong Final European Winter Test for KRT Duo

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Kawasaki Racing Team riders Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes made the very best use of two days of dry and sunny conditions to complete their final European pre-season preparations at the Jerez circuit in southern Spain, between 26 and 27 January.

With so many new technical regulations in the 2015 FIM Superbike World Championship, and previous winter tests having been affected by poor weather, the Jerez tests took on a special significance.

A welcome 25å¡C track temperature arrived in the afternoons at Jerez meaning both Rea and Sykes made real progress in the set-up of their Ninja ZX-10Rs. Each declared they were ready to head off to Australia for the final official tests in buoyant and confident mood.

Lap times at Jerez were fully competitive for each rider, in both race and qualifying set-ups, with Sykes posting a best of 1‰Ûª39.694 and Rea a 1‰Ûª39.745, each on a qualifying tyre. This is below the existing track best, despite more stringent technical rules that limit engine tuning in 2015.

‰ÛÏIt was a good test and more so because we got dry track time." Rea commented. "We were able to evaluate lots of things. I tried quite a lot of geometries and changing the balance of the bike quite a lot.

"We never found a big difference in lap time, even when we were radically changing the bike. That proves to us that the bike is working in quite a big window. We found a big step forward with the engine management and electronics on the afternoon of the second day and I was able to improve my lap time quite a bit. That filled me full of joy and confidence.

"I was able to do a race simulation at this test and I understood how the bike behaves when the tyre drops. I think we have the right tools in the garage to keep working and be in good shape when the lights go out at Phillip Island. At the end of the day we tried a qualifying tyre and it works well on this bike. It has been a busy and positive test.‰Û

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