CW Road Test Editor Don Canet laps Magny-Cours on World Supersport Kawasaki ZX-6R.

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I joined 30 motojournalists from around the globe at Magny-Cours, France, on the Monday following the final round of the 2010 World Superbike Championship with the intention of riding all of the factory Superbikes. Heavy rain throughout much of the day cast a dark cloud over the media event. The Provec Racing Team was the only squad willing to risk a bike in the slick conditions. A few of us were brave enough to toe the waters and got brief three-lap stints in the saddle of Provec’s Kawasaki ZX-6R World Supersport racer.

While it would have been better to have ridden the seven different brands of factory racers as planned, I was grateful to throw a leg over the Kawasaki and have a look around the spectacular circuit. It took serious restraint, however, to pull in as directed on my third lap. I was just getting familiar with the track’s layout and gaining trust in the Pirellis’ grip.  Sometimes, though, a taste is all you get.