Jerez World Superbike Test Press Releases

Press releases from some of the World Superbike teams after the test at Jerez:

A positive debut for the MV Agusta Reparto Corse Yakhnich Motorsport Team

Smiling faces in the team Yakhnich Motorsport MV Agusta Reparto Corse team at the Jerez circuit. After two days of intense work, the MV factory team took home great technical feedback.

On the first testing day both the F3 Supersport of Cluzel and Leonov and the Corti’s F4 Superbike have not done a lot of laps . The bikes for this test had been finished assembling Friday 22 just in time to leave for Jerez.

So the first day was dedicated to the development of the riders riding positions and the first basic engine mapping, which took a lot of time to the technician.

On the second day the sessions has been much more interesting, and at the end of the day the happiest in the Yakhnich box was unexpectedly Claudio Corti. The italian Superbike, even if the engine is still in a preliminary development stage and fine tuning of the chassis and is still far from the final one that will be used in the championship, Corti did 1'42 " 9 at the end of the tests, with the rider more and more convinced of the bike potential.

In both Supersport Leonov and Cluzel have been engaged in setup runs of the electronics . Also even if the F3 engine development and chassis is in the initial phase, both of them did laps around 1'45 " and for both obtained without ever really pushing. Both riders now are convinced of the high potential of the three-cylinder F3.

Claudio Corti: "I've never ridden a bike with a front end that would give me similar feelings, and even the engine looks really good to me as a starting point. Now I cannot wait to drive the final version of the bike and complete the test in January, but I think we can do well in the first year"

Jules Cluzel: "We have not ridden a lot in this test to develop the electronics and adjust the driving position. I have to get used to driving back in the Supersport and its tires, but at the end of the second day I started to have fun and I think the potential of the F3 is very high"

Vladimir Leonov : "The first day I lost to accommodate the riding position , the bike is really small compared to the R6 ... But right now I have had positive feelings , both for the engine and the chassis. I really think that it will not take much to make it go really fast"



Jerez, 27 November 2013 - The 2013 season ended with three days of testing at Jerez de la Frontera for the Aprilia Racing Team, World Superbike Manufacturer World Champion. On the Spanish track Marco Melandri was hard at work, as was test rider Alex Hofmann, working on development of the RSV4. The rider from Ravenna continued his work astride the Italian V4, the bike he will be riding in the hunt for the 2014 World Superbike title.

Marco used the 237 laps he put in over the three day period to increase his feeling with the torque of the Italian bike, testing various settings and different technical aspects before the winter break, when testing will be prohibited from December 1st to January 15th.

A lot of work was done, especially on trying to adapt the RSV4 to Melandri's riding style without focusing on the best time, but concentrating on a good race pace and, above all, fine tuning the synergy of the bike-rider package.

With a best lap of 1'40.7 and a pace which was consistently in the neighbourhood of 1'41, both Marco and the team can be well satisfied with the last tests of the season.

Marco Melandri: “I'm very happy about this testing period, particularly because I'm still not 100% satisfied with the way I'm riding the bike. We especially need to work on braking coming into slow turns. Over these three days we have identified the things we can discard for the future and my relationship has grown with the team, which is now complete. We definitely have a faster race pace than my fast lap time would suggest, but I'm sure that we can get even better by exploring new avenues in terms of the setup. Once the dust settles I'll sit down with the mechanics and sum up the situation so I can hear their opinions as well and from there we will prepare for the 2014 season as best we can”.

Romano Albesiano, Aprilia Racing Manager, already has winter developments in mind: “During these three days of testing we continued fine tuning the feeling between Marco, the RSV4 and the team. We tested various chassis and engine and settings as well as several control strategies, identifying a clear line of development. Our performance level is already quite satisfactory in terms of race pace, but our fast lap still needs some work. During the winter break we'll analyse the data we've collected and prepare some more proposals for our riders for when testing resumes in January”.

KRT Wraps Up Successful Test Schedule

Newsflash, 27 November 2013

Kawasaki Racing Team riders Tom Sykes and Loris Baz completed a three day test at Jerez in Spain with highly positive results to take into the mandatory winter test ban period, which starts soon.

KRT Wraps Up Successful Test Schedule

In the last test of 2013 world champion Sykes spent his track time refining his set-up in preparation for a new season, which begins in Australia in late February. Sykes set many laps of the impressive Jerez circuit to work out the details of race set-up, particularly over the first two days.

For Baz the Jerez tests allowed him and his crew to find the ultimate combination of new components and set-up strategies to take forward into the next year of competition, as Baz once again showed good pace at these tests.

Both official KRT riders finished with fast lap times to their credit, with Sykes setting a best of 1’39.6 and Baz 1’39.9, as they enjoyed good weather conditions in the south of Spain.

Until now Tom had been unsure if he would run his favourite race number 66 or the champion's number 1 plate on his Ninja ZX-10R for the 2014 season but he has elected to adopt the number 1 plate, with some personalised touches. At times during this test he was running a 'prototype' of his new number 1 plate, which features many small ‘66' graphics inside it.

The next tests for KRT will take place right after the end of the testing ban, in mid-January, at Almeria in Spain.

Tom Sykes: “We did a bit of everything at this test and it has been very good for us. I did a lot of laps again so my crew chief Marcel is working me well! We tested many different components, which you do not always get the chance to do in the middle of the season. Our testing schedule during the season was quite minimal compared to what we used to do, so this test has been a good experience overall. We retried certain things to understand if they are definitely better, especially over race distance, and I am happy with how it has gone. The Ninja ZX-10R is working well even though Jerez is not one of my strong points. That shows we have improved our package, which is the main thing.”

Loris Baz: “We have just tried the last things we wanted to try before the test ban. We have some new things that we want for next season and I think we are going to have them all ready for the next tests in January, simply because we now have some more good information now. We have been putting all we have together in one package. I did over 70 laps on each of the first two days. The weather was good but track conditions, for me, changed a little on day two but we still improved our lap time and at the end we got close to Tom at this test. I used both race and qualifying tyres to compare them. I am happy to go into the winter break after this test.”

Marcel Duinker, Tom Sykes’ Crew Chief: “The test we had at Jerez in late October, before we came back here for this one, was when we put all the things together and introduced several new materials. They worked almost straight away and that let us finalise maybe 98% of them in that test. We knew things were better and had improved our speed. In this test we started to work on the details. We missed the recent Aragon test with Tom but we are sure what we have been doing is correct. Now we have fine-tuned things and Tom did a lot of laps here. We wanted to understand our material over longer distances than we did in previous tests and we have improved our bike. It is a nice feeling to take into the winter break.”

Pere Riba, Loris Baz’ Crew Chief: “We tried to confirm some new items for the 2014 season in these three days. We have been testing them in the previous Jerez test, in Motorland Aragon and have already confirmed some of them even before we got here. We have confirmed the rest in these three days at Jerez. We also tried to set-up the bike for this track to make a lap time and on the final day that was our target. We tried to put that all together to make a long run over race distance and also understand where we are with lap times. Once again it was a very positive test.”

Pata Honda concludes 2013 programme

The Pata Honda team has completed its riding programme for 2013, concluding with a three-day test at Jerez in Spain which finished yesterday evening.

World Superbike riders Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam went to Jerez on the back of a successful test at Aragon two weeks ago and concentrated on refining the power delivery of their CBR1000RR Fireblade machines.

They were joined for the first two days at Jerez by Pata Honda’s World Supersport riders Michael van der Mark and Lorenzo Zanetti, who declared themselves satisfied with further developments made to their CBR600RRs.

A World Superbike and World Supersport testing ban comes into effect on 1 December and will remain in place until 14 January 2014, following which the team will test again at Portimao in Portugal.

Jonathan Rea - Pata Honda World Superbike

After a positive test at Aragon, I really struggled here at Jerez. It’s hard to put a finger on our problems but I feel that the character of our engine is quite aggressive and that makes the lap difficult here! We have a few new strategies to implement at our next test in January, which should help. I completed over 200 laps here so now I’m really looking forward to the winter break. I hope to come back in January to make some more progress with the CBR. Happy holidays, folks!!

Leon Haslam - Pata Honda World Superbike

I’m actually quite glad that 2013 is over now and we can look forward to a fresh start in 2014. The last three days have been pretty hard but necessary, and while we haven’t progressed as much as we would have liked, we know what we need to do. I’m confident that when new parts arrive next year we can make the step that’s needed. I’m looking forward to a few weeks off now and getting back to full fitness so that I’m raring to go in January.

Michael van der Mark - Pata Honda World Supersport

We had a positive two days in Jerez and made some good improvements. In fact, we started them in Aragon and were able to continue to make progress here. We made a couple of really fast laps but also had a good race pace. For our next test we need to work on improving rear grip a little but before then I’ll be working on my fitness to be ready for the beginning of next season.

Lorenzo Zanetti - Pata Honda World Supersport

I’m very happy with our test in Jerez. We tried a lot of different settings and in the end I improved my qualifying time from the race here and I improved my rhythm for a good race simulation. For these reasons I’m really looking forward to a positive 2014!

Pieter Breddels – technical co-ordinator

We made some really good progress during our Aragon test recently but I have to say that we weren’t able to continue that here in Jerez. Something about the nature of the circuit – perhaps the fact that the bike is on the side of the tyre for so long – has created some issues with getting the power down. However, this is why we go testing: to test solutions to issues that we may have. Both our Superbike riders lapped in the 41s bracket and we’ve got plenty to work on during the testing ban. On the Supersport side of the garage, things went very well and the guys made a lot of progress with engine braking and suspension settings.


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