WorldSBK Test at Jerez Is a Washout After Rain Stops Play

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Rain forced the WorldSBK teams assembled at Jerez to abandon the test planned for the past two days.

Though, the weather was better on Thursday than it had been on Wednesday, the track took a long time to dry out, and with only 8 days of testing for the season, the teams decided to call off the test instead.

Honda and Kawasaki will return to Jerez next week, with Honda testing for two days, on January 27th and 28th, and Kawasaki will test on 28th. The forecast for that period is currently for good weather, which promises a dry track.

Though the official teams skipped the test, there were riders out on track. Stefan Bradl continued work on the 2021 Honda RC213V MotoGP machine, which features a new frame and swingarm.

The frame is much beefier around the swingarm mount, a sign that Honda is playing with stiffness in search of rideability. A full gallery of photos can be found over on the Italian website.

Johann Zarco also took to the track on a Ducati Panigale V4 street bike to get accustomed to speed again, and the Frenchman put in a total of 37 laps.

Ducati test rider Michele Pirro was also at the circuit, testing Ducati’s WorldSBK machinery, rather than the MotoGP bike.

Pirro and Zarco lapped in the mid to high 1’45s, nearly 7 seconds off lap record pace, a sign that the track was too wet to produce too much useful data.

Photo: WorldSBK