16 November 2018
Day one wrap – Aragon test – November 14, 2019
Reigning world champion Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) has put in a strong opening day on track around Spain’s Aragon circuit, ending the first day of winter testing fastest on unofficial times.
But it was Ducati stealing the headlines, with the debut of the V4 R.
Beginning 2019 with an all new ZX-10RR, Rea was able to use the opening day to work on different settings as he looks at which direction to take for what is set to be a competitive season, putting in 72 laps and the fastest unofficial time. Whilst new team-mate Leon Haslam (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) prepares for his debut with the Provec squad, and has been working on getting the first kilometres under his belt. With 67 laps put in on his opening day, it has been about working on set-up of the championship winning machine.
Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) made his all-important first steps with the Panigale V4 R, taking to the track in the morning he began to understand his new beast. Sixty-one laps were put in overall, and first impressions of the V4 R were fantastic for the British rider. But the work now begins before the opening round at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, as Davies and his crew are working to set up an all-new machine.
Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team had their duo of Michael van der Mark and Alex Lowes out on track, as they spent day one of 2019 evaluating some key components in the chassis, working on suspension with Ohlins and working with some new electronics hardware. Lowes set the second unofficial fastest lap time, and with 76 laps recorded he wasn’t wasting the track time he was offered. Whilst van der Mark recorded 72 laps throughout day one.
It wasn’t only Davies who got the first test of the V4 R, as Michael Ruben Rinaldi (BARNI Racing Team) was out on track with the powerful beast. Getting used to the sensational new bike, he spent his day working with the Aruba.it Ducati squad as well as his new BARNI team and put in 74 laps around MotorLand.
Unofficial times from MotorLand Aragon (dry track)
- Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) 1.49.668
2. Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) 1.51.157
3. Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) 1.51.180
4. Leon Haslam (Kawasaki Racing Team – WorldSBK) 1.51.479
5. Michael Ruben Rinaldi (BARNI Racing Team) 1.51.656
6. Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) 1.51.852