The start of the 2024 World Super Bike Championship is drawing closer for Kawasaki Racing Team competitors Alex Lowes and Axel Bassani, with the new season rider line-up having just completed a positive two-day test at Portimao in Portugal.
This will be the last European test session before the whole KRT squad heads off to compete in the first of 12 championship rounds, at Phillip Island in Australia.
Having spend day one working on used tyres, to get an optimum race long bike set-up to take into the start of the points-scoring season, Lowes was then free to try for a strong single lap time on a qualifying tyre. He finished third fastest on the second day at Portimao, with a personal best of 1’39.521.
Bassani was once again learning the intricacies of the Ninja ZX-10RR in his first Kawasaki season - and his first inside an official World Super Bike team. The Italian rider made progress once again on his full distance race set-up as he continued to gain more experience. On softer tyres he improved his best lap to a 1’40.362, just over a second from the fastest lap of all and good enough for 12th position overall.
With lots of hard and positive work completed, and final decisions being made on how to approach the first round of the championship, KRT feels ready to make their final preparations before the season starts for real in just a few weeks’ time.
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The 2024 Ninja ZX-10R comes in two colour schemes: Metallic Flat Spark Black with Ebony and Lime Green with Ebony, while the ZX-10RR is available in a single Lime Green with Ebony colour scheme.
Both the ZX-10R and its performance version - the ZX-10RR, carry forward the same 998cc, inline-4, liquid-cooled engine. However, the latter gets an Akrapovic exhaust, top of the range Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tyres, forged Marchesini wheels and a smoked windscreen.
The FIM Superbike World Championship will officially commence between 23-25th January. Before that there will be the Kawasaki Racing team launch on February 8th and a two day official organisers’ test at Phillip Island, to be held between 19-20th February.
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