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Both riders left the Australian opening round with the lingering effects of injuries but the test at Aragon proved not only that each rider was ready to race this weekend but that the whole official Kawasaki SBK effort has been strengthened. There has been a long wait to return to competitive action since the opening race on February 24th but that will change with two 20-lap races scheduled for Sunday 14th April.
Tom has healed well from his broken left lower forearm and three broken ribs and assuredly set the fastest lap of the recent tests. He also completed a high number of laps, despite occasional rains on the final day of track action, proving his is not only fit again but fast again. Having left Australia fourth overall, after scored fifth place in each Aussie race, Sykes is out to improve on that at a circuit he enjoys.
Kawasaki World Superbike 2013:
Loris Baz also pitched in with a strong performance in recent Motorland tests for the KRT team as he continues to learn the art of riding a factory-supported Superbike at the sharp end of SBK racing. He was sixth in race one in Australia before being taken out by another rider in race two.
Alex Lundh and Federico Sandi also tested at Motorland Aragon recently and each looks forward to their second competitive outing of the year on their Pedercini Team Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10Rs.
The Superstock classes kick off their nine-round season this weekend at Motorland as it is the first European-based event of the year. There will be strong representation of the Ninja ZX-10R in the Superstock category, with no fewer than five machines under the Pedercini umbrella, in three different teams, and three riders form part of the overall MRS effort. Ninja ZX-10R riders will also represent BWG Racing Kawasaki Italia, SK ENERGY, Team GO Eleven and Team OGP squads.
“Testing at Aragon last week was very important and now we have to look at our tire options for the race weekend because we did not get the chance to do long runs right at the end. It was good to get out and ride at Motorland and the only thing I was not sure of before then was my physical condition. I am much happier now as I have woken up my arm muscles and my wrist feels better for being used properly at the tests. I am looking forward to race weekend now because what we tried at the tests has brought us some positives.”
“I think that we improved our feeling with the front in our recent tests and I think we have taken a step forward on the whole bike as well. I am confident for the race now. We also tried out a qualifying tyre in the tests to improve what I can gain in one fast lap and we did well with that. I think we have improved everything. I am happy to go racing and we still have some new things to try. We will fight during the race weekend as we did a lot of laps to get a good race pace in testing. We had a good test and the base to start from is perfect.”
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Both riders recently visited New Delhi on a promotional visit with team sponsor Mahi but have returned to Europe to recommence track action at the impressive circuit in northern Spain.
Development of the team’s Ninja ZX-6R machines has continued apace since the first round which is good news for both riders given that Sofuoglu won first time out in Mahi colors. Despite fighting against the effects of a heavy crash Foret finished fourth in Australia. Foret’s physical condition is much improved and Sofuoglu is fit and raring to go racing again after such a long break from WSS action.
Luca Scassa (Kawasaki Intermoto PonyExpres) made a successful test at Aragon alongside many of his rivals but his team-mate David Salom (Kawasaki Intermoto PonyExpres) was unable to ride due to a cut on his right hand, suffered while riding a motocross machine. He rested his injury to be ready for what is a very important home race for him.
Kevin Coghlan (Kawasaki DMC-Lorenzini Team) and Vladimir Ivanov (Kawasaki DMC-Lorenzini Team) also tested at Motorland to make sure they face the challenge of 18-laps around the 5.344km circuit in the best possible way on race day, Sunday 14th April.
“I think it should be a good weekend in Aragon for us. Last year I raced there on a Kawasaki but in a different team and with different suspension at that time, but I do not see that as a problem for this weekend. I know some of my rivals have recently tested at Aragon but I have been training hard on my own Supermoto track and I feel quite strong in all areas. Our bike should be even better than it was in Australia because there was a big plan for a list of things to be done and improved in the gap between Australia and Motorland. I have been told that all of these things have been done. Maybe this will help us to have less stress during the weekend in practice but the most important thing is to have a good package on the bike.”
“Aragon is a really nice track and this year my bike feels quicker and we should start the weekend on a good level. There has been a big gap since Phillip Island so maybe I just need a day to get used to the bike again. I have made a good recovery from a big crash in Australia. I did struggle with my right shoulder for a while and it was uncomfortable. But in the past ten days or so it is much better and I do not think that on the bike it will be an issue. The bike should be even better than it was in Australia although my bike set-up was not too bad there. I hope I can have a good weekend and go back to where I expect to be.”
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