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Rea leads Razgatlioglu after WSBK Jerez Test Day 1

Jerez WorldSBK Test – Nov 2019 – Day 1

Day one of the 2020 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship test at the Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto has come to a close, with riders and teams testing new parts and new bikes ahead of the new season.

Returning riders and WorldSBK rookies were on track looking for the perfect set-up for their 2020 season, whilst WorldSSP also joined the on-track action. Although four red flags interrupted proceedings, Jonathan Rea pipped Toprak Razgatlioglu and Alex Lowes to finish on top of the pile ahead of day two.

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Jonathan Rea – WorldSBK 2020 Testing

Improving the package in specific areas and continuing to experiment with new ideas regarding balance and set-ups for various scenarios, the Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK continued their pre-season testing with a strong afternoon in the south of Spain. Jonathan Rea was the first rider under the 1’40 mark, whilst Alex Lowes elevated himself up to second with just two hours of track time to go.

Over at Ducati, it was a tough afternoon for Scott Redding, who ran on at Turn 5 and beached his Ducati. The British rider re-joined the track but slipped down to seventh with less than two hours to go, although he recovered in the end and finished day one in sixth. Davies was just two places behind and was working on ergonomics, whilst working on rear shock feelings together with Ohlins. Michele Pirro was just outside the top ten in 11th.

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Chaz Davies – 2020 Jerez WorldSBK Test

Yamaha were also working on a vast array of things across their bikes, as Toprak Razgatlioglu was the first out on track. Toprak was experimenting with engine braking and was keen to refine his riding position; the Turk finished second overall, splitting KRT duo Rea and Lowes.

Setting 98 laps, Michael van der Mark was also working hard on improving his feeling with new parts on the 2019 bike and finished inside the top four. Loris Baz was as high as third but slipped down to overall, as he continued to work on a solution for his top speed deficit. Niccolo Canepa was out on track too and was the only rider with the 2020 Yamaha R1, finishing ninth.

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Toprak Razgatlioglu – 2020 Jerez WorldSBK Test

For the first time for the 2020 season, BMW were on track, meaning Eugene Laverty made his debut with the German manufacturer. Laverty suffered a technical problem which brought out the second red flag, leaving oil on the track at Turn 2.

Tom Sykes spent his day testing different chassis characteristics, whilst also experimenting with a different electronics strategy and swingarm parts too. Tom Sykes finished the day in seventh whilst Laverty was tenth overall.

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Eugene Laverty – 2020 Jerez WorldSBK Test

At GRT Yamaha, both Federico Caricasulo and Garrett Gerloff continued their adaptation to World Superbike life. The Italian was not inside the top ten for most of the day, and, like at Aragon, was working on his riding position on the bike. Garrett Gerloff set more than 70 laps on his first time at Jerez and spent most of the day inside the top ten before finishing 12th.

Xavi Fores was still getting used to be being back on a WorldSBK-spec motorcycle and was one place further back in 13th, whilst Caricasulo and Lorenzo Savadori were 14th and 15th respectively.

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Federico Caricasulo – 2020 Jerez WorldSBK Test

WorldSBK Jerez Test Day One Unofficial Times

  1. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) 1’39.207 – 63 laps
  2. Toprak Razgatlioglu (Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Official Team) 1’39.226 – 77 laps
  3. Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Official Team) 1’39.541 – 98 laps
  4. Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) 1’39.780 – 88 laps
  5. Loris Baz (Ten Kate – Yamaha) 1’40.128 – 98 laps
  6. Scott Redding (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) 1’40.137 – 65 laps
  7. Tom Sykes (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) 1’40.431 – 50 laps
  8. Chaz Davies (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) 1’40.659 – 72 laps
  9. Niccolo Canepa (Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Official) 1’40.854 – 68 laps
  10. Eugene Laverty (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) 1’40.971 – 63 laps


At the Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto, the FIM Supersport World Championship was also in action with numerous leading riders on track. A day blighted by red flags gave some teams the chance to bed-in their 2020 set-ups and for the raft of rookies to come to terms with their 2020 challenge.

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Randy Krummenacher – 2020 Jerez WorldSBK Test

Ending the day on top however was reigning WorldSSP Champion Randy Krummenacher, making his debut for MV Agusta, whilst Philipp Oettl and Isaac Viñales were in behind.

Learning a new bike and taking his crew with him to the MV Agusta set-up, Randy Krummenacher’s title defence started well, setting 50 laps throughout the day. The Swiss rider was under four seconds from Jonathan Rea’s time from WorldSBK and just over half-a-tenth ahead of fellow WorldSSP rider, Philipp Öettl.

Fresh from a test in Valencia, Oettl was up to speed on day one, with the German finishing ahead of Isaac Viñales, who is on a more-or-less identical bike to 2019 and has the aim of fighting for the title in 2020.

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Philipp Öettl – 2020 Jerez WorldSBK Test

Fourth overall was Andrea Locatelli, as the Italian also made his switch from Moto2™ to World Supersport. Setting over 60 laps on the Yamaha R6, the Italian stated he needs to go step by step and set as many laps as possible to understand the bike better.

He was ahead of 2019 Moto2 rival Steven Odendaal, who set 68 laps on his first time out on a WorldSSP bike. Hannes Soomer adapted quickly to his first Yamaha experience and was sixth out of nine WorldSSP riders.

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Isaac Viñales – 2020 Jerez WorldSBK Test

Federico Fuligni was back fighting fit with the MV Agusta and was seventh come the end of the day. Firstly, adapting to the bike and then trying to adapt the bike to his style, Can Öncü turned a first wheel in WorldSSP. He was eighth, just ahead of Loris Cresson, as the Belgian rider completed the WorldSSP running order.

WorldSSP Jerez Test Day One Unofficial Times

  1. Randy Krummenacher (MV AGUSTA Reparto Corse) 1’43.150 – 53 laps
  2. Phillip Oettl (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) 1’43.210 – 60 laps
  3. Isaac Viñales (Kallio Racing) 1’43.412 – 45 laps
  4. Andrea Locatelli (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team) 1’43.474 – 62 laps
  5. Steven Odendaal (EAB Ten Kate Racing) 1’43.843 – 71 laps
  6. Hannes Soomer (Kallio Racing) 1’43.865 – 36 laps
  7. Federico Fuligni (MV AGUSTA Reparto Corse) 1’44.391 – 80 laps
  8. Can Öncü (Turkish Racing Team) 1’44.991 – 66 laps
  9. Loris Cresson (Team Toth) 1’46.509 -28 laps

Source: MCNews.com.au

Alex Lowes tops two-day Portimao WorldSBK Test

2019 WorldSBK

Portimao Official Test

Images courtesy of WSBK

WorldSBK riders completed their second and final day of Official Portimao Test around Autodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portugal. Sun shone down on both days, and scorching weather saw riders dealing with different track conditions between the two daily sessions, with the asphalt temperatures reaching nearly 50 degrees in the afternoon.

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Alex Lowes – 2019 Portimao WorldSBK Test

With that bear in mind, riders hit the track early this morning again, putting in their best laps and continuing from where they left off yesterday before the temperatures soared once again.

Pata Yamaha WorldSBK rider Alex Lowes was the fastest rider at the end of Day 2, after setting the quickest lap time in 1’41.153 this morning with qualifying tyres. While trying new chassis components and different soft tyres, the British rider took time also to understand his physical condition.

During the break, Lowes had surgery to solve a tendinitis problem in his arms, but after two days of testing, he is now sure to be fit and ready for the round in September. On the other side of the garage, it was an eventful day for Michael van der Mark, who had a small crash in FP1 and experienced a technical problem twice in FP2. Despite that, the Dutchman cannot be disappointed with his results as he set the fourth fastest lap time with Q tyres.

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Alex Lowes – 2019 Portimao WorldSBK Test

It was a stronger day also for the Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK riders. Jonathan Rea closed again as second fastest just 0.218 s behind Lowes, with his best lap time improved of more than a second compared to the first day.

Jonathan Rea

“The test was really good and to be honest I needed to test. I was a little bit slow in waking up yesterday. I have had a great summer break but I was not only readjusting to riding again. With the momentum I had from the endurance spec bike in Suzuka, I felt really fast coming here. At a circuit I am really strong at, I did not really feel I had much more yesterday. But this morning I woke up and we found a better lap time and also more consistency. In the heat of the afternoon I was much better compared to the opening day. I feel really positive.”

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Jonathan Rea – 2019 Portimao WorldSBK Test

Teammate Leon Haslam was sixth, not far from the top of the time screens. While both riders spent Day 1 focusing on their overall package, today they worked mainly in preparation for the next WorldSBK round here in Portugal.

Leon Haslam

“We had a lot of things to evaluate and we ended up – on race tyres – the second quickest to Johnny. I was the only one who did not use a qualifier, an ‘SCX’ or a prototype tyre. So race tyre-to-race tyre we were just a couple of tenths off where Johnny was. We made a big step here and we were 0.7 seconds faster than we were in pre-season testing at Portimao, and in hotter conditions. I felt we got through all our items and it was a really positive test. It shows me as sixth on the time sheets but that is purely down to others using a qualifying tyre.”

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Leon Haslam – 2019 Portimao WorldSBK Test

After feeling unwell overnight, Toprak Razgatlioglu had to cut short his final day of testing. Third quickest today after two positive days, the Turkish rider prepared for the race weekend and tried different qualifying strategies with the rest of the season in mind.

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Toprak Razgatlioglu – 2019 Portimao WorldSBK Test

It was a shorter day also for Alvaro Bautista due to pain in his shoulder, after sustaining an injury at the U.S. round, who also decided to sit out from FP2. The Spaniard completed the Portimao Test ninth overall ahead of Michael Ruben Rinaldi, who had a small crash with no consequence at the end of FP2. The Italian preceded the other official Ducati of Chaz Davies, who had a different swingarm and other new items to test. Completing the group of Ducati riders, Eugene Laverty finished eighth.

Álvaro Bautista

“These two days of testing have been very positive even though on the second day we weren’t able to do many laps. Unfortunately, the shoulder is not yet in a perfect condition and I felt a bit of pain. We preferred to stop early so as not to make things worse and to be in the best condition in a couple of weeks’ time. In any case, yesterday we did a lot of laps and all things considered I’m happy because I found a good feeling again with my Panigale. This was the first test since the last round at Laguna Seca, now we’ve got a few more days to fully recover.”

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Alvaro Bautista – 2019 Portimao WorldSBK Test
Chaz Davies

“It was a good two days and great to get back into the swing of things and actually just verify the progress that we have made since the test here in January. Coming here six months later, I felt like the bike responded pretty good all in all. Over the two days we worked on the chassis mainly, things felt good and the bike was working well. I go away from here pretty confident and can’t wait for the final part of the season to start.”

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Chaz Davies – 2019 Portimao WorldSBK Test

Loris Baz was the rider to put in the largest number of laps – 146 laps across the two days. Today the Frenchman found an improvement on his opening day pace as he set the fifth fastest lap time in 1’41.718. It was a busy test for Baz, as he was trying new tyres compounds and working on improving the weak points of his Yamaha YZF R1.

Continuing with his busy schedule, Sandro Cortese set the seventh fastest lap time, while teammate Marco Melandri closed thirteenth behind Tom Sykes. The latter had different items to test on his BMW S1000 RR but together with his teammate Markus Reiterberger (15th) they were able to gather enough information to work on for the next round.

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Sandro Cortese – 2019 Portimao WorldSBK Test

Kawasaki Independent Team riders Jordi Torres and Leandro Mercado closed 14th and 16th respectively, as they both worked to improve the overall package of their ZX-10RR machines across the two days.

Moriwaki Althea Honda Team riders Takumi Takahashi and Ryuichi Kiyonari finished seventeenth and nineteenth respectively as they both worked on the base setup of the Honda CBR1000RR, while Ducati wild card entry Silvain Barrier closed 18th overall.

Takumi Takahashi

“This track is quite difficult, and it is not easy to set good lap times. Having said that, I tried my best over these two days and ultimately, we were able to improve our settings and our lap times but honestly not by as much as we would have liked. Anyway, all in all, it has been a good experience.”

Ryuichi Kiyonari

“I really enjoyed these two days of testing. We tried many different settings and even if I did not make any really big improvements in terms of lap times, I feel that the potential is there to do a good job with the bike’s setup when the race weekend arrives. So, I look forward to coming back in September for the Portuguese round.”

Official Test Portimao – Two-Day Combined Superbike

  1. A. LOWES (GBR, Yamaha) 1’41.153
  2. J. REA (GBR, Kawasaki) 1’41.371 +0.218
  3. T. RAZGATLIOGLU (TUR, Kawasaki) 1’41.428 +0.275
  4. M. VAN DER MARK (NED, Yamaha) 1’41.489 +0.336
  5. L. BAZ (FRA, Yamaha) 1’41.718 0.565
  6. L. HASLAM (GBR, Kawasaki) 1’41.758 +0.605
  7. S. CORTESE (GER, Yamaha) 1’42.035 +0.882
  8. E. LAVERTY (IRL, Ducati) 1’42.055 +0.902
  9. A. BAUTISTA (ESP, Ducati) 1’42.087 +0.934
  10. M. RINALDI (ITA, Ducati) 1’42.124 +0.971
  11. C. DAVIES (GBR, Ducati) 1’42.161 +1.008
  12. T. SYKES (GBR, BMW) 1’42.172 +1.019
  13. M. MELANDRI (ITA, Yamaha) 1’42.212 +1.059
  14. J. TORRES (ESP, Kawasaki) 1’42.264 +1.111
  15. M. REITERBERGER (GER, BMW) 1’42.457 +1.304
  16. L. MERCADO (ARG, Kawasaki) +1’42.712 1.559
  17. T. TAKAHASHI (JPN, Honda) 1’43.544 +2.391
  18. S. BARRIER (FRA, Ducati) 1’44.111 +2.958
  19. R. KIYONARI (JPN, Honda) 1’44.474 +3.321

World Supersport

BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team rider Federico Caricasulo was the fastest among the WorldSSP riders. The Italian set the quickest lap time in 1’45.281 ahead of compatriot Raffaele De Rosa.

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Federico Caricasulo – 2019 Portimao WorldSBK Test

Race winners Jules Cluzel set the third fastest time despite a small crash in the afternoon today. The Frenchman closed ahead of the Yamaha of Spanish rider Isaac Viñales who worked well during both days.

Championship leader Randy Krummenacher was the fifth quickest around Portimao after having set the pace at the end of Day 1 yesterday. The Swiss worked on improving his feeling with the front end of his bike, testing also his physical conditions.

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Randy Krummenacher – 2019 Portimao WorldSBK Test

Krummenacher returned to the tarmac at Portimao after suffering a slight knee injury at the beginning of the two-month summer break, but he looks now to have fully recuperated.

Official Test Portimao – Two-Day Combined Supersport

  1. F. CARICASULO (ITA, Yamaha) 1’45.281
  2. R. KRUMMENACHER (SUI, Yamaha) 1’45.392 +0.111
  3. R. DE ROSA (ITA, MV Agusta) 1’45.449 +0.168
  4. J. CLUZEL (FRA, Yamaha) 1’45.459 +0.178
  5. I. VINALES (ESP, Yamaha) 1’45.573 +0.292
  6. A. BADOVINI (ITA, Kawasaki) 1’45.836 +0.555
  7. K. SMITH (GBR, Kawasaki) 1’45.950 +0.669
  8. C. PEROLARI (FRA, Yamaha) 1’46.145 +0.864
  9. G. RUIU (ITA, Yamaha) 1’46.422 +1.141
  10. T. GRADINGER (AUT, Yamaha) 1’46.565 +1.284
  11. J. DANILO (FRA, Honda) 1’46.798 +1.517
  12. J. VAN SIKKELERUS (NED, Honda) 1’46.893 +1.612
  13. L. CRESSON (BEL, Yamaha) 1’47.241 +1.960
  14. N. CALERO (ESP, Kawasaki) 1’47.660 +2.379
  15. F. FULIGNI (ITA, MV Agusta) 1’47.743 +2.462
  16. H. SOOMER (EST, Honda) 1’47.925 +2.644
  17. D. VALLE (ESP, Yamaha) 1’47.934 +2.653
  18. R. HARTOG (NED, Kawasaki) 1’48.360 +3.079
  19. G. MATERN (FRA, Kawasaki) 1’51.829 +6.548

Source: MCNews.com.au