Motorcycles WSBK test in Jerez: Jonathan Rea dominates intensive two-day test
Ducati in racing trim faster than on a lap: Scott Redding wants to win
Scott Redding finishes the final test after falling to sixth place: the racing speed of the Panigale V4R makes the WSBK rookie very confident A little more than four tenths of a second was Scott Redding's final strength tests before the WSBK season start on Phillip Island back to the test report from Tuesday . The Ducati driver thus missed the top 6 in the combined classification and ranked in sixth position as on Monday.
A few days after the teams of the MotoGP World Championship, the teams of the(WSBK ) put their last test drives of 2019 behind them. The route was the same: the Circuito de Jerez in southern Spain.
Like the Grand Prix teams, the teams from the near-series World Cup also tested new parts and some completely new bikes. However, the Honda team with Alvaro Bautista and Leon Haslam was not on site ().
Superbike world champion Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki) set the pace on Thursday, the first of the two test days. On Friday, he then increased by almost a second to 1: 38.397 minutes, which was the fastest lap of all drivers on the two days. For comparison: With his best time on Friday he would have ranked the five-time WSBK champion in 13th place in the MotoGP test (Monday and Tuesday).
Redding is convinced: Bautista threw away the WSBK title in 2019
© LAT Alvaro Bautista went down several times in the 2019 WSBK season After four more or less dominant titles, superbike champion Jonathan Rea received a new opponent last year . Alvaro Bautista came from the MotoGP into the Superbike World Championship and took the series by storm. Together with the brand new Ducati Panigale V4R, Bautista formed a powerful combination that could not be beat at the beginning of the season.
Yamaha trio in pursuit role
Second fastest in the WSBK test was Yamaha newcomer Toprak Razgatlioglu. The Turk was one of the few to be faster on Thursday than on Friday and ended the test 0.829 seconds behind Rea's fabulous time. Razgatlioglu was not yet on the road with the brand new 2020 Yamaha R1.
His brand-mates Loris Baz (Ten-Kate-Yamaha) and Michael van der Mark were slightly slower than Razgatlioglu. The latter drives alongside last year's Puccetti Kawasaki pilot from Turkey for the Yamaha factory team. Rea's new teammate in the Kawasaki factory team - ex-Yamaha driver Alex Lowes - finished the test in fifth, rounding off the top 5.
Sixth was Scott Redding (Ducati). The current champion from the British Superbike Championship (BSB) will drive his rookie season in the Superbike World Championship in 2020. Despite a fall in turn 5 on Thursday, he ended the Jerez test in front of his experienced team-mate Chaz Davies (9th).
WSBK 2020: Redding and Razgatlioglu also impress in Portimao
WSBK rookie Scott Redding and Yamaha newcomer Toprak Razgatlioglu leave a strong impression in the test in Portimao - both see progress again With Scott Redding and Toprak Razgatlioglu stood the two-day WSBK test in Portimao two pilots at the helm, who have just changed series or manufacturer. Redding rose to the Superbike World Championship as BSB champion, Razgatlioglu switched from Kawasaki to Yamaha. They both seem to feel comfortable right away in their new environment.
Laverty makes a debut at BMW - with well-known crew chief
At BMW, Eugene Laverty made his debut in the team. The Northern Irishman has taken over from Markus Reiterberger for 2020. But the crew is also new. Reiterberg's crew chief Pete Benson will work in the KTM test team in the MotoGP World Championship. In return, Marcus Eschenbacher, who was the crew chief of the unfortunate Johann Zarco at KTM, is now responsible for the Laverty bike at BMW.
Laverty and Eschenbacher know each other well, because they already worked successfully together at Aprilia in 2012 and 2013. In the timesheet, Laverty ranked P10 after a motor defect (Thursday), where he held these positions on both days. Laverty's teammate Tom Sykes placed seventh in the combined result of both days. On Friday, there was also engine damage on his S1000 RR. Right behind Sykes, Niccolo Canepa completed the P8 test on the only 2020 Yamaha.
Sandro Cortese also in Portimao: "The Ducati has a lot of potential"
Barni-Ducati has Sandro Cortese also tested in Portimao - There is also a new opportunity for the 2020 season: Pedercini-Kawasaki is urgently looking for a driver Sandro Cortese tested on Wednesday and Thursday together with the other WSBK pilots in Jerez. For the first time since his shoulder surgery, the Berkheimer was back on a motorcycle. In difficult conditions, Cortese also had to get used to the Ducati Panigale V4R that was new for him.
Supersport: Philipp Öttl at the debut in the top 3
A total of 27 riders were on the road on Thursday and Friday, of whom Michele Pirro had already been involved in the MotoGP test on Monday / Tuesday. On Thursday / Friday, the Italian took over from Barni-Ducati for Leon Camier after he injured his left shoulder in the Aragon test two weeks ago and had to fit in Jerez. Pirro just missed the top 10 on the Panigale V4R with P12 behind Xavi Fores (Puccetti-Kawasaki; 11th).
The high number of 27 pilots on Thursday / Friday in Jerez can be explained by the fact that in addition to the Superbike Teams also had some super sports teams on the track. In addition, Ana Carrasco, the 2018 Supersport 300 World Champion, completed a few laps on Thursday with the Kawasaki Superbike from World Champion Rea.
In the ranks of the Supersport pilots, Christophe Ponsson was the fastest in the two-day test in southern Spain. Philipp Öttl, who will contest the 2020 Supersport World Cup for Puccetti-Kawasaki, completed the first laps with his new implement. He ranked third behind Ponsson and Andrea Locatelli. As for Öttl, the Supersport World Cup is also new territory for Ponsson and Locatelli.lap times (top 10) at the WSBK test in Jerez (Thursday / Friday):
01. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki) - 1: 38.397 minutes
02. Toprak Razgatlioglu (Yamaha) - 1: 39.226
03. Loris Baz (Ten -Kate-Yamaha) - 1: 39.280
04. Michael van der Mark (Yamaha) - 1: 39.287
05.Alex Lowes (Kawasaki) - 1: 39.400
06.Scott Redding (Ducati) - 1: 39.466
07. Tom Sykes (BMW) - 1: 39.587
08.Niccolo Canepa (Yamaha) - 1: 39.967
09.Chaz Davies (Ducati) - 1: 40.000
10.Eugene Laverty (BMW) - 1: 40.328
Alvaro Bautista: Why Ducati still needs him this WSBK season .
© Ducati Ducati is currently 34 points behind Kawasaki in the manufacturers' championship The relationship between Ducati and Alvaro Bautista has been scratching since the summer. It seems that the sporting has moved somewhat out of focus through the negotiations for 2020. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki) clinched his fifth title early on the race weekend in France. But the season still has a challenge for Bautista and Ducati, because the Italians could still prevail in the manufacturers' standings.