Jonathan Rea questions Lowes crew’s strategies


Rea and Lowes are actually of their third season as teammates at Kawasaki, and whereas the latter’s spell with the Japanese producer began nicely with a win at Phillip Island in 2020, since then he hasn’t been a match for Rea.

Whereas Rea gained his sixth WSBK title in 2020 and completed an in depth runner-up to Toprak Razgatlioglu final yr, Lowes slipped from an early result in sixth in 2020 and concluded an injury-ridden ’21 marketing campaign eighth.

To this point in 2022, Rea has gained 5 races to take a seat second within the factors behind Ducati’s Alvaro Bautista, Lowes lies seventh within the standings with a greatest end of fourth.

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Discussing Lowes’ failure to get on phrases with the WSBK ‘large three’ of himself, Razgatlioglu and Bautista, Rea identified that the ZX-10RR his teammate rides is set-up with a special philosophy to his personal.

He instructed that Lowes’ outcomes would enhance if the #22 bike’s crew labored in an analogous technical path to his personal.

“I communicate with Alex fairly a bit, however I don’t actually perceive what they’re doing on his aspect of the storage,” Rea advised Motorsport.com’s German version.

“They work fairly in another way from us when it comes to fundamentals on the bike… it’s arduous to know why. I see life is troublesome for him there.

“It might be good if Alex might journey my bike, simply sit on my bike together with his [riding] place and see how he feels, as a result of the bikes are fairly completely different.

“He rides differently, we develop the bike in several methods with our crew chiefs and electronics engineers… it’s arduous to say what’s the suitable manner or flawed manner, however I might really feel a lot better if we might work collectively extra technically.”

 

When it was put to him that Leon Haslam likewise struggled throughout his single season as Rea’s teammate in 2019, the Ulsterman made an implied swipe at Lowes’ crew chief Marcel Duinker, who likewise labored with Haslam and, earlier to that, 2013 world champion Tom Sykes.

Riders change, however the factor that hasn’t modified are the crew chiefs,” Rea mentioned. “Ideally we should always all work a lot better collectively.”

Whereas insistent that the begin to his season is not as dangerous because it seems on paper after an encouraging journey to fourth within the remaining race at Estoril, Lowes admitted that adopting a extra comparable method to Rea would pay dividends.

“There could be some profit I assume if the crews have been to work collectively a bit higher to enhance the package deal, as a result of the opposite guys are bettering quite a bit,” mentioned Lowes when requested in regards to the variations between his bike and Rea’s.

“We want one another’s assist to push one another ahead. However the setting of the bike is kind of completely different, and it’s not my request. The group determined to go differently.”

Pressed additional on whether or not this state of affairs was on Duinker’s insistence, Lowes replied: “The group has a special thought to the opposite aspect of the storage. I don’t know what else to say!”

 



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