WorldSBK Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR is faster than MotoGP bikes?

Jonathan Rea and his 2018 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR set the fastest time in Friday’s testing session in Jerez, Spain last week.

The three-time WorldSBK champion was faster than all eight other MotoGP riders who were testing their machines on Friday as well.

The four-day testing session concluded with Rea as the fourth fastest which was only 0.323 seconds slower than Andrea Dovizioso and his Ducati Desmosedici MotoGP bike.

Jonathan Rea (Image source: WorldSBK)

It was only last week when the Jerez circuit was full of action from both the MotoGP and WorldSBK teams testing out their latest machines for the 2018 season. The last day of the testing sessions concluded last Friday and the results are quite astonishing. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) and his factory Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR set the fast time at 1:37.986.

Andrea Iannone (Image source: MotoGP)

Compared to the fastest MotoGP rider on Friday which was Andrea Iannone (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR), Jonathan Rea and his World Superbikes race machine was faster by 0.044 seconds. The 30 year old British rider who in total has racked up 39 race wins, 79 podium finishes and three consecutive WorldSBK titles from 2015 to 2017 stunned everyone when he was faster than all eight MotoGP riders who were also testing their 2018 machines on Friday.

Pol Espargaro (Image source: MotoGP)

The other MotoGP riders include Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR), Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith from Red Bull KTM Factory Racing, Danilo Petrucci and Jack Miller from OCTO Pramac Racing Ducati, and Scott Redding from Aprilia Racing Team Gresini.

Scott Redding (Image source: MotoGP)

All eight MotoGP riders were in the top ten on Friday together with Jonathan Rea’s team mate Tom Sykes who completed the day in an amazing fifth. Keep in mind that the Kawasaki Racing Team are currently tuning their 2018 ZX-10RR machines with new regulations which has limited some of the bikes’ performances including cutting off 1,200rpm at the top end.

Tom Sykes (Image source: WorldSBK)

In total, the entire four-day test session concluded with Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) on top of the timesheets followed by Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) and Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team). Jonathan Rea and his Kawasaki WorldSBK machine set the fourth fastest time in the entire four-day testing.

Andrea Dovizioso (Image source: MotoGP)

Not bad, Johnny boy. Not bad at all.

Image source: WorldSBK

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A passionate individual when it comes to anything related to two wheels (or sometimes more), he enjoys the chaotic and magical world of motorsports as much as riding leisurely to the shops on his beloved Vespa. With an education-based background, he is always eager to learn and share about the poetic arts of motorcycling.

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