Catalunya hosts Rabat, Aegerter and Carrasco in one-day test2021-02-26 13:06
WorldSBK rookie Tito Rabat, WorldSSP debutant Dominique Aegerter and 2018 WorldSSP300 Champion Ana Carrasco join MotoGP™ stars for a one-day test in Spain.
More riders took to the track at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya as preperations for the 2021 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship season stepped up another gear. 2014 Moto2™ World Champion Tito Rabat (Barni Racing Team) joined a host of his former MotoGP™ colleagues at the track while WorldSSP rookie Dominique Aegerter (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) and 2018 WorldSSP300 Champion Ana Carrasco (Kawasaki Provec WorldSSP300) returning to track action on the new layout of the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit.
During the winter, the track revised the famous Turn 10 corner for both cars and bikes to make it a longer, sweeping left-hander similar to the original layout of the circuit while also increasing the safety of the track at Turn 10. It means Rabat, Carrasco and Aegerter are the first three riders from within the WorldSBK paddock to try out the new layout.
For Carrasco, it was her first time on her Kawasaki Ninja 400 since a crash at Estoril while testing left her requiring surgery on a back injury. An important milestone for Carrasco in her recovery, she was able to complete numerous laps on her return to track action for the first time in five months.
Swiss rider Aegerter was getting his first taste of World Supersport action as he completed some testing with Ten Kate Racing ahead of his rookie campaign. Moto2™ and MotoE™ race winner Aegerter will compete on a Yamaha YZF-R6 in the 2021 season and will be aiming to mount a title challenge in his rookie season.
Rabat was able to reunite with some of his colleagues from his MotoGP™ days as he continued to get up to speed ahead of his rookie WorldSBK campaign in 2021, where he will compete on a Ducati Panigale V4 R for the Barni Racing Team. The Spanish rider is making the switch from MotoGP™ after five years in Grand Prix racing to WorldSBK as he looks to get back on the rostrum and take race victories.
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