Rea To Test At Aragon Ahead Of WorldSBK Restart.
As the long summer break in WorldSBK race action comes to an end Jonathan Rea and Kawasaki Racing Team will visit Motorland Aragon for a private test between 29-30 August.
With just one day remaining from his mandated limit of ten days of testing, Jonathan will only ride on the final day of the test, Wednesday 30 August. However, the KRT team development rider, Florian Marino, will test the official Ninja ZX-10RR on Tuesday 29 August. He also has great experience in the WorldSBK paddock and the EWC series in his own right.
With weather conditions expected to bring high temperatures Rea and the KRT squad will look forward to some hot track and ambient conditions to close-in on the optimum settings for exceedingly high temperature races.
Motorland Aragon features a 5.077km long WorldSBK track layout, but it is also an extensive motorsport and testing facility in general. It has hosted several WorldSBK rounds in recent years and will do so again in 2023 between 22-24 September. It was also the venue of a recent KRT test session, held in late June.
The next round of the 2023 WorldSBK championship itself takes place at another regular WorldSBK circuit, Magny Cours in France, between 8-10 September.
Jonathan Rea said: “This Aragon test comes at a really valuable time because with Magny Cours fast approaching after a long summer break, it's always beneficial to get back into the swing of things and into the flow of riding my ZX-10RR. I will be trying to get the rhythm back but also have one eye on the Motorland race weekend that comes soon after the Magny Cours race. So it's all about trying to build into this last part of the season and being strong. We'll continue testing some items that we've previously tried. And with one day left on my testing allocation we only have one day to use. We expect hot weather, which is also good to test in to try to further improve our bike settings. We will just keep working. The next three rounds are going to come in quick succession, so it's important to hit the ground running. We’ll see what the engineers from KMC have for us and we will get stuck into the test.”