The winter break is over, and Kawasaki Puccetti Racing is ready to resume its track activity. The technicians’ work never actually stopped and it’s now time to verify what’s been prepared at the team’s base in Reggio Emilia.
Kawasaki Puccetti Racing will carry out a two-day test at the Jerez de la Frontera track in Spain on 26-27 January. This will serve as an initial shakedown, in preparation for the Superbike and Supersport world championships that will get underway over the weekend of 8-10 April at Motorland Aragon in Spain.
In the renewed Supersport category, which is now open to bikes with an engine of more than 600 cc, the Italian team’s riders comprise the reconfirmed Can Oncu and new entry Yari Montella. The duo makes up the youngest pairing on the grid, as the Turk is yet to turn 19 while the Italian is barely 22. This will be Oncu’s second season with Kawasaki Puccetti Racing, and his third with the Kawasaki ZX-6R, while Montella embarks on what is his first season, both with the Italian team and in World Supersport, a championship in which he has only ever completed two races.
In Superbike, Lucas Mahias is again entrusted with the Kawasaki Puccetti Racing ZX-10RR. The Frenchman only debuted in the reigning class last year, but his season was fraught with injuries, the last of which forced him to miss the final four rounds of the championship. Lucas returns to his bike after a four-month break with the aim of demonstrating a level of potential that he was only able to express in part last season.
Both Mahias and the two Supersport riders have continued to train over the winter, both at the gym and with MX, Supermoto and track bikes, and cannot wait to test at Jerez.
“We are pleased and keen to start the 2022 season. After a long break, Mahias is finally able to get back on the ZX-10RR, a new bike on which our technicians have worked during the winter break. Lucas will be able to test the 2022 version, which presents some updates to the gearing and clutch, as well as the fairings. I’m feeling confident about our two young Supersport riders. After a year of continuous growth, Oncu is definitely aiming for the world title, while I’m sure that Montella will demonstrate his full potential. Their bikes have been updated in accordance with the new regulation, and this includes an upgrade to the brakes”.