2011 World Superbike
Four days of testing for the Pedercini Kawasaki superbike team concluded over the weekend, with good progress being shown by Roberto Rolfo, who was able to make considerable set-up progress on his new Ninja ZX-10R.
The Italian put in over 1000 kms of superbike testing at a circuit where in 2010 he won the Moto2 race and he ended the test with an excellent feeling on the bike.
Roberto Rolfo (Pedercini Kawasaki Superbike) says: "The whole test has been great for me. It was very important to work with my new team and I’m very happy because I find immediately a good feeling with all of them.
"I now feel fully part of the team. I was happy to test in Sepang because I like this circuit and not only because here in Malaysia I won the Moto2 race last year. The new Kawasaki bike is at the beginning of its development, but we worked really hard on the bike here in Sepang and it’s just going to get better and better. There is still lots to be done but the outcome is already very good."
Pedercini is still not in a position to define the final line-up of his Superbike team but in Malaysia he took the opportunity to give a try-out to Gabor Talmacsi (in the photo with Rolfo), who stepped onto a production-based machine for the first time.
The Hungarian was impressed with the professionalism of the team and the superbike’s potential, but said he still needed a few days to decide whether or not to take part in this year’s championship.
Donato Pedercini says: "Concerning Gabor he showed a good potential and he quickly found a good feeling with the new Kawasaki bike. I know it could be an important step for his career and so we’ll wait some more days to know about his decision."
The Pedercini Kawasaki Superbike team also took to Malaysia all three of its Superstock riders, Marco Bussolotti, Leandro Mercado and the 2010 Australian Superbike champion, Bryan Staring.
All three riders used the time to develop both their relationships with their new team and also to make a start on the development of the all-new 2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R Stock version.
Confirming the team’s belief in the potential of the new bike, all the Superstock riders put in good lap times.