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Eazi-Grip supported WorldSBK teams test in Portugal this week

Winter tests in the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship are coming thick and fast as the start of the season approaches, with the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve hosting the latest two-day test on February 8th and 9th. Organised by Ducati, the test will feature teams from both WorldSBK and WorldSSP including new bikes and returning manufacturers in the latter. Track time in Portugal will be between 10am and 5pm GMT/Local Time, with seven hours of on-track each day.

Three WorldSBK factory teams will hit the track

Three of the five factory squads in WorldSBK will take to the Portuguese venue across two days of action. Pata Yamaha with Brixx WorldSBK will make their first appearance of the off-season with reigning Champion Toprak Razgatlioglu and teammate Andrea Locatelli as they look to start 2022 in the best possible fashion.

Pata Yamaha will be joined by Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK with Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes, with the Portimao test the first time Rea and Razgatlioglu have been on track together since their incredible title battle came to a conclusion in Indonesia. Rea and Lowes will be taking part in their third test of the off-season, with the aim of confirming items they have tested at Jerez in the previous two tests.

The third factory on track will be the Eazi-Grip supported Aruba.it Racing – Ducati squad with Alvaro Bautista and Michael Ruben Rinaldi. It will be Bautista’s second test with the Ducati Panigale V4 R since his return to Ducati, having tested at Jerez in November, while it will be Rinaldi’s first test of the year. He was forced to miss the November test through an injury sustained in the season-ending Indonesian Round.

Independent teams and rookies will take part in the test

Two riders who have had success in WorldSSP will make their debut on WorldSBK machinery at the Portimao test. Eazi-Grip supported Philipp Oettl (Team GoEleven) earned a shot in WorldSBK after two podium-laden seasons in WorldSSP and will jump on the Independent Ducati Panigale V4 R for the first time with Team GoEleven. Luca Bernardi (Barni Spark Racing Team) will also be on track on a Ducati machine for the first time since he was announced as a full-time WorldSBK rider for 2022. It will also be his first time on a bike since his Magny-Cours crash which ruled him out of the remainder of the 2021 campaign.

Two more Independent outfits will be on track at Portimao. One of the standout stars of 2021, Axel Bassani (Motocorsa Racing), will take to the track with other WorldSBK competitors for the first time in the off-season although he did complete some training at the same venue when he shared the track with eight-time World Champion Marc Marquez and 2019 Moto2™ World Champion Alex Marquez. The other WorldSBK outfit taking to the track will be Gil Motor Sport-Yamaha with French rider Christophe Ponsson, who will be on track for the first time since he was announced as returning to the Championship for 2022.

Famous names and returning manufacturers in WorldSSP test

Five riders from four WorldSSP teams will test at Portimao, with three Ducati bikes on track in Portugal. Eazi-Grip supported Oli Bayliss will get his first taste of the Ducati Panigale V2 and the Barni Spark Racing Team as the Australian returns the famous Bayliss name to Ducati machinery, with Bayliss gearing up for his first season in WorldSSP. Nicolo Bulega (Aruba.it Racing WorldSSP Team) will get his second test for the squad after he took part in the November Jerez test alongside Bautista on the Panigale V2 as he, like Bayliss, gears up for his maiden WorldSSP campaign. CM Racing have switched to Ducati machinery for 2022 and, with Bernardi’s move to WorldSBK, have recruited Austrian rider Maximilian Kofler for the upcoming season. Kofler has two full seasons of Moto3™ under his belt but will now focus on WorldSSP for 2022 and will get his first taste of WorldSSP machinery at the Portimao test.

Ducati are returning to WorldSSP for 2022 with the new ruleset but they are not the only manufacturer doing so as Eazi-Grip supported British outfit Triumph also return with the PTR squad, under the Dynavolt Triumph banner. Having recruited Hannes Soomer and Stefano Manzi for 2022, the team will be on track for the first time with their new bike and riders. It also marks PTR’s return to the Championship, having not competed on the world stage in 2021.

Posted on Monday, February 7th, 2022 in News

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