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Jonathan Rea is passing his tests with flying colours

By Paul Lindsay

World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea and his Kawasaki Racing team-mate Tom Sykes made the most of the available track time at Motorland Aragon during a two-day test this week with the all-new Ninja ZX-10R.

With some new parts to try, both Ulsterman Rea and Sykes collected valuable data for their team crew and KHI (Kawasaki Heavy Industries) to evaluate before the next track sessions, to be held in Jerez de la Frontera next week.

Rea, who rode in the short window of opportunity that appeared late on during day one, after heavy fog and low cloud had prevented any meaningful early action, finally set a best lap time of 1min:50.3sec on day two.

It was the fastest lap of the tests.

His team-mate Sykes elected not to do any laps on the first day given the low track temperatures but the Yorkshireman set his best lap time of 1min:51.1sec and also tried some new parts, in addition reconfirming some existing components and settings.

Rea stated: "We tested engine settings with a little bit different inertia and worked with some weight distribution ideas.

"We also tried a different rear spring and we confirmed everything was fine," said the Kilwaughter racer.

"I did some back-to-back comparisons with a new rear tyre that Pirelli had brought," he explained.

"It was like an SC1 family with stronger sidewalls, which gave more stability.

"For me it was a big step in my riding style.

"We also used the new swing arm we first used in Jerez and we reconfirmed that too."

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