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In the second week of March, Kawasaki Motors Europe (KME) exclusively hired the Almeria track in southern Spain for an official manufacturer #test #event welcoming the majority of its supported teams in the fiercely contested #worldssp 300 category of WorldSBK.
Playing host to six teams and an impressive 15 riders - all of whom receive support from Kawasaki Motors Europe - the two day #test was designed to give each team and its riders a chance to make ready for a nine round series that is being seen as one of the closest and most exciting on the WorldSBK schedule.
With no less than four Italian based teams at the #event, the other two slots were filled by the Netherlands based MTM Kawasaki team who will field four riders in 2019 and the newly formed Provec team from Catalonia who have 2018 #worldssp300 Champion, Ana Carrasco, as their pilot.
Enjoying good weather and favourable track conditions across the #test, the teams plus riders familiarised themselves with their race machines developed within the predicted strict guidelines laid down the series promoter, Dorna. Based on the highly popular Ninja 400, that can be purchased from any Kawasaki road bike dealer, the #test was targeted by
KME as an environment where the transition from road bike to racer that the teams had spent the past few months undertaking would be near completion.
Ludo VanDerWeken, Manager of the MTM team commented; “It’s a good start to the season and very good to have an open track situation for full days to complete our heavy testing schedule. Plus our riders can do many laps before season starts. I'm happily surprised by the already good pace of our two rookies and their serious attitude across the test”
Provec team manager Jordi Caparros said the team used the #test to look at a wide range of parameters. “This #test has been so interesting. It has been a warm up #test to know how to work together in the new team. The bike is same base last year but we forced Ana to ride with extra kilos and rev limits to learn to ride in tough regulation conditions. She has been working and training so hard in the last weeks and she feels so good on the bike; this is the most important feedback we got. We dedicate #test to help her to get on-bike feeling and, of course, enjoy.”
For Fabien Raulo, the KME coordinator for Kawasaki teams in this fast evolving race series, a chance presented itself for teams to liaise on and off track as he explained. “We wanted to see what the riders could do for sure but also we created this official #test so that teams could compare notes on things such as machine set up, team structure and the overall approach to #racing with the Ninja 400. In that regard it was a great success and the riders really appreciated the chance to benchmark each other in a controlled environment.”
Alessio Altai of the Italian GP Project team endorsed this saying: ”This was good experience for us and a good comparison with some of the best teams in #worldssp 300. It’s good to build
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