Brno Test For Jonathan Rea and Kawasaki
Jonathan Rea and Kawasaki Racing Team completed two days of testing at Brno in the Czech Republic this week, hot on the heals of their most recent successes at Assen.
A few days after round four of the 2018 FIM Superbike World Championship, where Jonathan extended his series lead with a win and a second place, he was back on track with his Ninja ZX-10RR race machine at Brno.
This test, run alongside some of the main championship rivals, was important for several reasons, including the fact that Brno has not been used as a WorldSBK venue since 2012. It was also the culmination of a busy period for Jonathan and KRT, with race meetings in Spain and the Netherlands on consecutive weekends, and now another full-on test at a returning WorldSBK venue.
Rea and his crew used their two days at Brno to match his optimum riding style even more closely to a machine that has already delivered three race wins for him in 2018.
The Brno WorldSBK race weekend, which will be round seven of the championship, will take place on 9th and 10th of June.
Jonathan and the Kawasaki team will next return to competitive action at Imola, in Italy, with race days on 12th and 13th of May.
Jonathan Rea, stated: “It’s been really positive to test in Brno especially because we haven’t raced here since 2012. It’s one of my favourite circuits so it was easy to keep my motivation high after these busy few weeks. The weather has been quite different on both days so it was good to understand how the bike behaves in both hot and cool conditions. Without the pressure of the race weekend we were able to work calmly each day and explore some different setup and chassis balance ideas. Each time we changed the bike we had some positive and some less positive feelings, so we will keep working on that side of things. I want to thank all the Kawasaki Racing staff and Hospitality crew who have been working full gas these past three weeks. Also a special shout out to my mechanics, because I kept them really busy making a lot of changes.”