New Kawasaki WorldSBK aero package ‘feels a little different’ for Lowes

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Kawasaki’s new aero package feels a little different compared to the old ZX-10RR for Alex Lowes but the works rider has already felt the effects of the extra downforce.

The WorldSBK version of the new bike has internal front winglets that generate a claimed 17 per cent more downforce than the 2020 bike and that has been added to a more free-revving engine, but until it gets on track with the rocketship Honda and Ducati, the full power gain won’t be evident.

“The aero package feels a little different to ride as keeps a bit more weight on the front down the straight. But also in faster corners it’s keeping the front more loaded,” Lowes told bikesportnews.com.

“Of course the temperatures in Aragon are a little bit cold, so it took a while for the track to warm up so that we could get into some proper testing.

“With new parts to try we wanted to take the opportunity to confirm some of the things that we tried that were positive in Jerez. A couple of things that worked well last week have worked well this week, so from my side we are really happy.

“Two tracks, in two different temperature ranges, and we feel really good with the new bike. The guys worked very well and there is always a lot to do at testing, especially when you have got new parts, fitting stuff on-and-off the bike and so on, so thanks to them.

“Unfortunately the weather was not our friend today in Aragon but we had a good day yesterday, a good couple of days in Jerez last week, and we know the areas we are working on going into the 2021 season.

“We have had strong tests this side of the season and now we are looking forward to going home and relaxing a little bit.”

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