Kawasaki fac­tory stars left trail­ing as Chaz Davies and Du­cati up the pace at Aragon

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport - AT ARAGON WSB RE­PORTER

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

Big grins from Chaz, slightly forced ones from the Kawasaki boys Sykes was happy to be ahead of Rea, but nei­ther had an­swers for Davies

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