The two-day World Superbike test on the Montmelo track started today. The first half ended late in the afternoon today with Leon Haslam setting the best time of the session on the HRC Honda CBR1000 team.
All 5 riders of the official Superbike team have tried to make changes to their bikes, improvements that allow them to face the second part of the World Championship in a more competitive way.
Leon Haslam, as mentioned, finished in front of everyone thanks to a time of 1’41 “627 obtained in the morning session, with the coolest track. Alvaro Bautista, with the second official Honda almost 1” behind his teammate.
For Honda today was a demanding day, so much so that it completed 170 laps to continue the development of a bike that promised and still promises a lot, but its real potential still seems to be dormant.
Kawasaki, on the other hand, scientifically wanted to work and ride with hot asphalt, to try to work on the new Ninja and find solutions that allow it to work better in extremely hot conditions. Today, in Barcelona, the asphalt touched 50 ° in the afternoon and for Kawasaki it was an ideal situation.
Jonathan Rea signed the second half of the day, 2 tenths behind Leon Haslam’s reference. 51 laps for the multi-world champion of the category, while Alex Lowes stopped at 46 laps and with a time higher than 4 tenths compared to his teammate.
BMW was present at Montmelo with only one driver. We are talking about Tom Sykes, who has tested new parts of the M1000 RR, including a new type of wheel. The British also made several tests with the 2021 swingarm, comparing it to the 2020 one. Sykes also had the opportunity to try electronic updates and some frame improvements. Tom completed 50 laps, with a best time of 1’42 “510.