The Superbike and Supersport tests taking place at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit in Spain have drawn to a positive conclusion for Kawasaki Puccetti Racing riders Tito Rabat and Can Oncu.
The Turkish rider has in fact completed five days of testing, from 20 to 22 and from 24 to 25 January. His goal, in addition to working with his team on the setup of his ZX-6R, was also able to gauge his physical condition after undergoing surgery in early November in the UK. The results proved positive on both fronts, the bike competitive and the rider very fast, despite not yet being 100% fit. On the final day of testing, he was able to set a time of 1’41”724, quicker than the fastest lap of the Andalusian track.
Tito Rabat tested on 24-25 January, working to adapt to the new 2024 Ninja ZX-10RR KRT factory replica. Work that kept both team and rider busy over both days, and that will continue during the tests that the Spaniard will carry out on 29-30 January at the Portimao track in Portugal.
“This has been a very constructive tests for our team and riders. Tito has begun to adapt to his new 2024 Ninja ZX-10RR KRT factory replica, carrying out work that prevented him from seeking a flying lap time and that will continue during the upcoming Portimao test. This is the start of a collaboration with KRT that we are sure will soon bring the desired results. Can was very fast and ducked under the track record, despite not yet being back to full fitness. He’s pumped and highly motivated and is aiming to be in top shape for round one in Australia”.
“I’m really pleased with how these test days have gone. We’re a lot faster compared to last season, and my bike is very competitive. I’m happy with the way the team and I have worked, but I’m particularly pleased because my left arm has improved a lot since my latest surgery, and this has allowed me to enjoy riding my Kawasaki again. I need to continue training so that I can be fully fit when we get to Australia. We’re definitely on the right path.”
“We’ve got through a great deal of work over the last two days and have two more intense days ahead of us at Portimao. I’ve started to adapt to the Ninja ZX-10RR KRT factory replica and have tested some different solutions, but without pushing for lap times. I’m not pleased with my overall position on the timesheets, but I’ll improve on that already in Portugal. The important thing is to be competitive at the first round in Phillip Island. I want to thank the team for all their hard work.”