The first on track preparations for the 2022 FIM Superbike World Championship will take place for the official Kawasaki Racing Team at Jerez in Spain between 15-17 December, just under a month after the culmination of the 2021 season at Mandalika in Indonesia.
Six times World Champion Jonathan Rea will be joined on track by Alex Lowes once again, this time for a three day test at the 4.423km long Circuito de Jerez Angel Nieto in the extreme south west of Spain.
Upgrades and test parts will be available for both Jonathan and Alex to evaluate on the official Ninja ZX-10RR WorldSBK race spec machine before the short winter break begins over the Christmas and New Year holiday period.
After a thrilling and incredibly hard-fought 2021 WorldSBK season that saw Rea get to within 13 points of yet another championship win the focus for 2022 is improving the overall race package at each and every round.
Rea scored more podium finishes than any other rider in 2021 and equalled new champion Toprak Razgatlioglu’s tally of 13 race wins, after taking both race victories at the final round in Indonesia.
Even after an injury affected season Alex Lowes scored five podiums in 2021. He continues along the path to a full physical recovery but will test at Jerez this week to ensure that he can evaluate all the new items and set-up options before the mid-winter break begins.
With a provisional calendar already published for the 2022 WorldSBK season the first competitive round is scheduled for Motorland Aragon, between eight and 10 April.