2013 World Superbike Prep
A two-day World Superbike test concluded Thursday at Motorland Aragon, the teams getting another shakedown of 2013 machinery with the new 17-inch tires.But rain plagued the Spanish circuit, only allowing riders to get a few hours of dry track time between both days of testing.
Out on the Aragon circuit was the Kawasaki Racing team of Tom Sykes and Loris Baz, the Ducati Alstare’s Carlos Checa, the BMW Motorrad team of Marco Melandri and new arrival Chaz Davies, and the PATA Honda World Superbike’s Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam. Checa’s new teammate, Ayrton Badovini, did not participate in the two-day test.Although official times were not recorded, Sykes took the quickest time while testing new electronics and suspension updates aboard the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R. Also putting in some quick lap times was Melandri aboard the Team Italia BMW S1000RR.Honda’s Rea suffered a crash, and was able to experiment with a new swingarm on the CBR1000RR. Also on the track were the Honda Ten Kate World Supersport team of Lorenzo Zanetti and Michael van der Mark aboard CBR600RR machinery.The next World Superbike test will arrival at Jerezat the end of November, the inal test before the mandatory six-week testing ban at the start of December.