Solid finishes for Cresson on 2021 opening WorldSBK weekend
Loris Cresson was finally able to put his leg over the all-new Kawasaki ZX10R-R as the opening round of the FIM Superbike World Championship kicked off at the Motorland Aragon circuit in Spain this past weekend.
Having spent the winter testing the older version machine, it was a baptism of fire for the Belgian, who said after his first laps on Friday that the bike was a weapon, had great potential but that he needed time to adapt. Understandable for a young rider who had never even sat on the new model Superbike until he arrived at the Spanish venue.
Working closely with his TPR Team Pedercini squad, the #84 made great strides throughout the weekend, finishing the season opener in 17th position on Saturday, before taking the chequered flag in twentieth position in both the Superpole Race and in Race 2 earlier today.
Loris will now travel directly to Estoril in Portugal where Round 2 of WorldSBK takes place this coming weekend.
“Considering it was the first weekend, in fact the first time that I even sat on the new Kawasaki I think we have to be satisfied. It’s never easy to use a race weekend as a test but that is more or less what we did and, in the end, we gained a lot of data in both the wet and the dry. It’s so different riding a Superbike in the wet compared to the dry, but I am happy because I changed my mindset, forgot the past and focused on the job in hand. I pushed to directly take confidence and the rhythm came. Sure, I still need to improve to, but I was not so far from Rabat (Tito), who is a former World Champion, so I think that there are positives to take. I wasn’t sure what tyre to choose in both races today, but I went with wet in both and I was able to fight with guys that have finished in the top ten and in the points in WorldSBK before. I enjoyed it a lot and gained a lot of experience even if I made a mistake at the end and I lost a couple of positions. I should have gone with a different tyre and maybe gambled like some of the guys at the front, but we know for next time. It was overall quite positive. The team worked well all weekend and I think that we can improve even more at Estoril in a few days. We need to understand the electronics but generally I am happy.”