The Kawasaki Racing Team are looking ahead to the final pre-season test

Published on February 18, 2024
By Luke Newman

Kawasaki Racing Team riders Alex Lowes and Axel Bassani will soon take part in a final one day pre-season test at Phillip Island, on Tuesday 20 February 2024.

The new look KRT squad, featuring some personnel and technical changes introduced before the winter tests started at the end of last year, will also find a new track surface to ride on during this final pre-season test.

This test will be the first chance for Bassani to ride his Ninja ZX-10RR at this particular track. Lowes knows the circuit and his machine very well, having won a race here with Kawasaki in the 2020 season.

This test will set the KRT squad up for the first round of the season which will take place at Phillip Island from the 23rd to the 25th of February.

Ahead of the last test before the 2024 season Lowes, stated: “I am looking forward to this final pre-season test.

“They have resurfaced the track at Phillip Island. As always when it is completely new the tarmac is very dark, which normally means that the track temperature is a bit higher. In general, the stones in the track are rougher when the track is new and tyre life – based on the experience we have – is normally worse.

“So this is something we need to consider in what is now a one-day test. We just need to see how the tyres will perform over race distance. That is always the most important thing at Phillip Island – having good speed on used tyres. This year it will be even more important.”

Kawasaki rookie Bassani, stated: “We will finally start the real season soon and we have arrived in Australia to ride on new tarmac at Phillip Island. We will see how it works. I only want to see how the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR works here, because my last time was on a different bike, so now I have to see how much it is different.

“For the moment I am relaxed and only want to see what happens in this test, rather than expect to find one thing or another. The one day of testing now will be tougher. Before it was two days – two hours in the morning and two in the afternoon.

“Now it is eight hours all day, four hours in the morning and four in the afternoon. So you have to do all the work in one day. It is not easy to do but it is the same for everyone.”


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