Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea beat it up in Jerez practice. Faster than MotoGP
Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea beat it up in Jerez practice. Faster than MotoGP

The evolution of modern motorcycles is spectacular. Although some fibers remind us of the previous model, it seems that the Kawasaki guys have achieved what they set out to do, prepare a Kawasaki ZX-10R much more competitive and tailored to its pilots.

But so much has been the case that not only Tom Sykes has recovered the feeling with a motorcycle that adapts much better to his riding style thanks to the lighter crankshaft that we already discussed in the article with all the details of the new model, but both he like Jonathan Rea they have been a second faster than the pole of 2015, faster even than MotoGP bikes.

The Honda of Dani Pedrosa and Marc Márquez ran at 1'40.12 and 1'39.92 respectively as the best times, but the Kawasaki guys were capable only a couple of days after lowering the time to spectacular 1’39.319 by Tom Sykes and 1’39.524 by Jonathan Rea with qualifying tires.

Both times far exceed Sykes' qualifying time in the Jerez race (1'40.292), but they are still a long way from the perfect pole of the 2015 MotoGP Jerez Grand Prix set by Jorge Lorenzo in 1'37.910, but I It is really striking to see how some motorcycles that are little more than series motorcycles with the new EVO regulations are able to be within two seconds per lap of a MotoGP prototype.

This reminds me of a question that has crossed my mind many times: is MotoGP's ultra-investment worth it?

Xavi Fores Wsbk 2016

But beyond the times, these tests are especially valuable to fine-tune the new bikes and get to know each other thoroughly before reaching the first race. A) Yes, Tom Sykes has been the hardest worker touching a hundred laps, 98 in total, while his teammate Jonathan Rea settled for 44 before ending the test at noon.

Of the newbies we meet our dear Xavi Forés, who has already been able to make his debut on his Ducati Panigale R and finishing in a good third place with a time of 1'40.148 and 56 laps. Behind him, another illustrious rookie, Nicky hayden riding his new Honda CBR 1000 RR, he finished fourth and turned the Andalusian track 91 times.

Nicky Hayden Wsbk 2016

Nicky Hayden:

The times are not official, but hey, we will have to settle for this.

  1. Tom SYKES (Kawasaki ZX-10R) - 1'39,319 (98 laps)
  2. Jonathan REA (Kawasaki ZX-10R) - 1'39.524 (44 laps)
  3. Xavi FORES (Ducati Panigale R) - 1'40,148 (56 laps)
  4. Nicky HAYDEN (Honda CBR1000RR SP) - 1'40.193 (91 laps)
  5. Chaz DAVIES (Ducati Panigale R) - 1'40.774 (52 laps)
  6. Davide GIUGLIANO (Ducati Panigale R) - 1'41.152 (60 laps)
  7. Leon CAMIER (MV Agusta F4 RR) - 1'41.219 (63 laps)
  8. Sylvain GUINTOLI (Yamaha YZF-R1) - N / A

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