Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes are taking part in a two-day DWO official test session at Phillip Island in Australia to make final preparations for the opening round of the 2023 FIM Superbike World Championship. The on-track testing action is scheduled for today (Monday 20) and Tuesday 21 February, with race weekend taking place between 24-26 February.
The 4.445km long circuit in the Australian State of Victoria presents some unique challenges for the riders and technical staff, as its heavily left-handed layout places great stress on one side of the tyres. With some improvements found in the overall performance of the Ninja ZX-10RR during the winter, and with both KRT riders having won for Kawasaki at ‘PI’ in the recent past, the team is now looking to the official test as the final chance to make important refinements before the action starts for real.
The test days will feature four WorldSBK track sessions, as the headlining championship category alternates track time with the FIM Supersport World Championship. With the second round of the championship taking place at Mandalika, in Indonesia, just one weekend after the PI races, the WorldSBK riders and teams will have little opportunity to relax. 2013 WorldSBK Champion for Kawasaki, Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) returns to the paddock in 2023, with young Czech rider Oliver Konig (Orelac Racing VerdNatura Kawasaki) back for his second year in the top division of production-derived racing. Local time at Phillip Island is GMT +11 Hours.
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