Kawasaki completes Donington Qualifying Practices

Date posted on July 3, 2021
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Kawasaki Racing Team’s Jonathan Rea finished 2nd and Alex Lowes in 4th in yesterday’s Free Practices combined results after FP2 at Donnington Park for the World Superbike races this weekend.

Jonathan Rea : “The bike was working pretty well today and straight away I felt a good rhythm. The level of grip of the track is pretty low compared to 2019 but I don’t think there has been a lot of activity here. So it just took a little bit of time to understand and we tried not make too many changes because we expected the track to have more tyre rubber laid down as the day went on. We made a set-up change that would increase agility, especially in the first two sectors and I felt as big improvement – but it compromised the last two sectors where I was really strong in FP1. So we need to find a middle ground for tomorrow. But I felt quite good and my rhythm was really strong. I could ride in the 1’28 lows at the end of tyre life so I feel that has put us in good shape for tomorrow. I am satisfied with the days’ work.”

Alex Lowes : “We did not have a normal session this morning. I did not feel quite right so I did not really push, so I just did some laps to learn the Kawasaki on this track. In the afternoon we used our base setting, more or less, from the last few tests, and we tried a couple of things on the electronics and I felt quite good from the start. I was able to do a lot of good, fast consistent laps. It was a positive afternoon and I did not feel like I was pushing too hard. The pace was strong so it was probably one of my more positive Friday sessions.”

Kawasaki Racing Team

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