Yamaha element what Jonathan Rea labored on throughout newest take a look at of latest bike | World Superbikes

Yamaha element what Jonathan Rea labored on throughout newest take a look at of latest bike | World Superbikes


He first hopped on his new group’s machine at a postseason take a look at final month however, as he was joined by teammate Andrea Locatelli for the primary time, the laborious testing started.

His adaption to the Yamaha was the important thing objective for Monday.

“The velocity and response from the Yamaha guys between the primary take a look at and this one, simply to convey some {hardware} that fits him higher by way of rider place and simply small preferences, I feel he’s been delighted that stuff has been designed, manufactured and delivered and bolted to the bike to his request,” group principal Paul Denning stated.

“There’s no doubting their dedication to get the bike to go well with him.

“He’s probably not needed to adapt his using type, he appears to be like very comfy as he did on the first take a look at.

“As at all times, it’s the final couple of tenths which might be the problem by way of outright tempo and consistency.

“The extra he will get to know the bike and the extra he can exploit its benefits, the extra that tempo will come.

“On the premise of what we’ve seen up to now, it might’ve been a little bit of a fear – I feel he stated as a lot himself.

“Whether or not, after 9 years on the identical bike, he might trip one thing new. Nevertheless, I feel these doubts had been expelled after 15 laps on the primary take a look at day.”

Denning defined how acceleration was the goal: “You’ll be able to’t get by way of all of the test-list componentry and {hardware} when you’re persevering with altering the setup of the bike, in search of outright efficiency.

“Each riders did two or three base runs, simply to get to a place the place the bike was comparatively comfy after which began the take a look at programme. Provided that truth, the consistency and stage of efficiency was actually encouraging.”

“We’re in search of extra acceleration and clearly, when you speed up higher then you may have higher prime velocity; we examined a number of mechanical components throughout engine and chassis to help our general efficiency.

“If I say ‘a rear swingarm’ or ‘fork clamp’ then it’s a chunk of {hardware} that, actually because the group supervisor, you get to a sure stage the place you’re not going to be wanting on the bike going ‘wow, that’s model new’.

“The adjustments are very nuanced and punctiliously thought out; the R1 is a motorbike that isn’t a brand new machine, so the adjustments we’re making are very a lot primarily based on all the things the engineers and the group already know.

“We’re simply seeking to eke out that final little little bit of efficiency. The extent of the bike is already very aggressive and superb; so as to turn into World Champion, there’s nonetheless a giant hole between Alvaro Bautista and the remainder of the sector within the factors on the finish of the yr.

“We’ve received work to do and that’s why we’re right here doing 750km in the present day. It’s nice to try this quantity, particularly for Jonathan, as nothing beats the expertise of the bike changing into yours after so many laps.”

Rea is hoping that becoming a member of Yamaha from Kawasaki will ship him a seventh WorldSBK championship.

“All producers and groups want to enhance their packages for subsequent season and attempt to turn into World Champion; we’re in that group and due to this fact, growth by no means stops and the hunt for elevated efficiency by no means stops,” Denning stated.

“We examined parts that may assist with outright velocity and {hardware} elements, looking for extra stability, grip and nook entry velocity.

“Some massive stuff, some small stuff and we cut up the work load between the riders and had a brilliant strong day.

“Jonny did 88 laps throughout three bikes after which 82 laps for ‘Loka’ throughout two totally different bikes.

“That’s 750km-odd throughout each of them in order that’s a number of information for the blokes to have a look at. When it comes to mileage, consistency and with out issues or crashes, it was a really productive day certainly.”

Rea and Locatelli will take a look at once more on Tuesday.

Denning defined the plan for the second day in Jerez: “Based mostly on the suggestions and the information, the plan this night shall be to attempt to put one of the best combos collectively for each of the riders tomorrow.

“Begin with one of the best mixture of in the present day and work by way of the testing programme for tomorrow. We’ve received some entrance fork stuff from Ohlins, a swingarm and different bits as properly.

“There’s lots that hasn’t but been examined. It’s additionally fairly optimistic that we’re testing individually by way of the opposite groups as a result of we don’t know primarily based on observe situations however we’re solely half a second off Cal on the Grand Prix bike and the lap time is excellent.

“The boys aren’t going slowly but when for instance, Ducati had been right here and going somewhat bit faster than us at this stage, it doesn’t matter.

“It’s extra essential that the riders and the crews keep centered on the take a look at stuff and that we develop the easiest bike we are able to for 2024, are quick once we go away the ultimate take a look at in January and able to compete at Phillip Island.”

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