RED FACES FOR TEAM GREEN
Kawasaki factory stars left trailing as Chaz Davies and Ducati up the pace at Aragon
From the moment Kawasaki’s new ZX-10R hit the track in 2012, a new era of World Superbikes arrived. With full factory backing, the team have won the title twice in four years. They’ve out-tested, out-developed and outperformed their rivals and for over a year they’ve had it all their own way – making their defeat to Chaz Davies and Ducati a humbling affair.
It’s been rare to see one Kawasaki beaten, never mind two, but it was Davies’ winning margin in Aragon – over four seconds in race one and six in race two – that has led to calls from Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes for Kawasaki to make a step-up.
Reigning world champion, Rea said: “Chaz passed me in a corner at Aragon, but when he passed Tom on the straight, he really passed him! We need to react really strongly now to try and make our bike even better.”
Rea is still leading the standings by a healthy 26 points but he appeared out of sorts from day one at Aragon, as he continues to unravel the secrets of a bike that has changed massively from the one he dominated on in 2015.
Front-end geometry and suspension tests left him confused on Friday and with a bike that was not behaving as he would have liked in the races.
“When we play with the chassis we just go further and further from the base set-up,” he said. “On Friday we were completely lost because we tried to solve problems with the chassis balance. We keep going back to something that works but this has been going on