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WorldSBK: Jonathan Rea: ‘My motivation wasn’t very high’… January tests ‘can be random’ | Superbikes of the world

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Rea finished the 2022 WorldSBK season more than 100 points ahead of Alvaro Bautista, a surprise not only for himself but also for Kawasaki after both teams had been intent on reclaiming the championship following the success of Toprak Razgatlioglu in 2021.

Rea has won less than half the number of races handled by Bautista and Razgatlioglu, meaning upgrades are needed for the upcoming season.

Some of these parts, which included an upgraded electronics package, were already on display at Jerez testing last month, which has re-energized Rea and the team ahead of his 15th season in WorldSBK.

Speaking ahead of the two-day test which starts on January 25, Rea added: “I’m excited to get back on the bike because in the December test, to be honest, my motivation wasn’t very high, just coming after the last round of the previous season.

“During this test, there were some definitive pieces that we had to make decisions on, so that we could provide them this season.

“The guys have now had time to reflect on all of this and everyone is re-motivated. We also have new staff in the garage for 2023.

“So I’m looking forward to getting stuck in once we get to Jerez. Of course, in January the weather can be a bit hit and miss, but we’re praying for dry weather to keep working with the Ninja ZX. -10RR.”

Lowes ready to ‘get back into high gear’

After a difficult 2022 season where positive signs were there, especially during the last round at Phillip Island, Alex Lowes is aiming to get off to a flying start in pre-season testing.

“The plans are to get some speed back and do a lot of laps, with an eye on the first lap at Phillip Island,” added Lowes. “Then we will see what we have at the end of this test.

“I’m sure Marcel on the chassis side and Danilo on the electronics side will have a few things to try – ideas they had at the end of last season and new things to try for this year.

“So there will be a bit of verification going on. This one is more than trying to fine-tune the setup of the bike; the goal should be to try the new components and parts back-to-back with the previous ones. .

“Then whatever the weather conditions you can always get a good idea of ​​how they work. From a driving perspective I want to improve on last year and build up for the first round in Australia .”

The first WorldSBK test is announced for Petrucci

One of the big names making his WorldSBK debut at the test will be new Barni Ducati rider Danilo Petrucci.

The Italian will have a new Panigale V4 R at his disposal after not racing since October, when he replaced the injured Joan Mir for Suzuki in MotoGP.

“I’m very happy to start this season in Superbike, but above all I can’t wait to jump on the bike again,” said Petrucci.

“I haven’t been on the track since October, since the MotoGP wild card, but I feel fit and can’t wait to test the Panigale V4 and start working with the team. I haven’t no expectations, but for sure we will do our best.”