The team arrived at Motorland Aragon today ahead of the second round of the World Superbike Championship which takes place on the 13th April. The weather conditions are set to deteriorate over Friday and Saturday with Sunday forecast with highs of 25 degrees and no rain at the moment. After the long break post Phillip Island, the team and both riders have been working tirelessly and are confident that they are more than prepared for when track time starts on Friday.
After his debut outing on his new Kawasaki ZX10 Evo machine and an impressive 3rd place finish at Phillip Island, Fabien Foret and Crew Chief, Andy Stone, have their sights set much higher than third place at Aragon. Fabien personally used the Phillip Island races as a “test” to get used to the more powerful machine and slick tyres after minimal pre-season testing. The valuable time on track in Australia also gave the Evo crew a chance to work with the ZX10 chassis and the Ohlins suspension which work in harmony together as the race results showed. Unfortunately, due to a clash of firmware between the ECU and logger, no data was collected but the team are confident this issue has been resolved.
Kenan will once again take to his ZX6-R with the passion and drive that he has consistently shown throughout his successful career. After what started as a perfect race weekend in Australia, consistently topping the time sheets, but with an unfortunate race result, Kenan is confident he can put the season right with a top step finish here at Aragon.
Kor Veldman – Crew Chief – Kenan Sofuoglu – World Supersport Championship
After Australia, I believe Kenan will be keen to dominate the whole weekend as he did in Australia and also keen to have a win here in Aragon. With the new setup of the team with a few new members having joined recently, and the rebuilt bike, we should be able to finish on the podium, hopefully on the top step. Kenan missed this race in 2013 due to bike problems so I think, for sure, he will have the desire to win this race in 2014.
Andy Stone – Crew Chief – Fabien Foret – World Superbike Evo Championship
The team are going into the second race here in Aragon very confident. Both riders have been very successful around this track. As far as the Evo machine is concerned, we haven’t had the opportunity to test since Australia which we would have liked to have completed. As a result, our Evo bike is still in development stages. We have made some changes since Australia, including a new engine. I am confident that we can take a step forward from where we finished in Australia. I believe that the gap between the full spec Superbikes and the Evo machines will really become clear at this round based on their straight line speed and extra horse power which should make for an interesting race!