Orelac Racing VerdNatura riders Tati Mercado and Nacho Calero ended the two-day test in Phillip Island on a positive note and are looking forward to the first round of their respective championships this Friday coming.
WSBK: Tati Mercado - 130 laps, best lap 1:32.069
“I think that this has been a good test for me and the team. This was my first time on the 2018 Kawasaki ZX-10RR and there is a lot to learn and much work to be done. It was important to put in the laps and understand the bike and I feel we improved as the test went on. This bike is nothing like the bike I rode last year, so I am having to adapt my riding style. We spent these two days trying to understand the bike and I am pleased with the progress we made. Everybody is working well and we are looking forward to the first practice on Friday.”
WSSP: Nacho Calero – 112 laps, best lap 1:35.698
“I am happy with our two days here. There were some new parts to try out and I feel we made good progress over the two days. I have a good feeling with the bike and the only big problem has been the wind. It was very strong yesterday and you really had to be careful on some parts of the track. Conditions were better today and we got through a lot of work. We shall see how we are in Friday’s first practice, but I have a good feeling and I am really looking forward to it.”
Giulio Bardi (Team Manager)
“I am pleased with these two days because we got through a lot of work with both riders and kept on making progress. Of course, it would’ve been nice to be further up the result sheets, but the important thing is to get as much work done and make the bikes comfortable for the riders.
Tati’s bike is brand new, so there is a lot for him and the team to learn, but I think we improved throughout the two days and that’s a good sign for next weekend. We prepared quite a few things for Nacho’s bike over the winter and I am happy with the progress we made in those areas.
We’ve had incredible support and feedback from Kawasaki and it has been a pleasure working with them. Of course, there’s lots more work to do, but it’s good to start on a positive note and know that we can improve further.”