Double world champion Sandro Cortese believes there is huge potential in the WorldSBK customer-spec Pedercini Kawasaki for 2020 after riding it for just one race weekend.
After striking a last-minute deal with the team, Cortese rocked up in Australia and bagged a top-ten place after only two days’ testing on the ZX-10RR, straight from testing the Barni Ducati as Leon Camier’s stand-in.
“Phillip Island was very hectic for me. I flew to Australia and didn’t know anyone from the team. The team’s mechanics also got to know each other at the racetrack,” said Cortese.
“Therefore, I had the attitude that one shouldn’t expect too much. We worked hard, but it was realistic to see the race as training for long runs. think we did a solid job up, and we were ninth in race two. That is why, as soon as possible, I will continue wherever we left off.
“It was extremely tight, and we didn’t have anything. It was a miracle that we got through the weekend this way. I have to give my team great praise.
There was a little lack of material, but you can’t expect Showa to provide you with the latest suspension parts within two weeks, because the latest material for the second race is coming. The new frame for the second race has also been announced.”
“It is difficult to make an announcement for the rest of the season. I feel comfortable with Kawasaki. The change from Yamaha to Kawasaki was very similar, the feeling for the engine is very similar. The biggest change was the Ducati.
“I felt comfortable on all three motorcycles, but Kawasaki is my motorcycle for this year and I immediately noticed that there is huge potential. I still have to work a lot, but I immediately noticed that the motorcycle suits me.”