Still an Evo engine for Salom at Motorland and Jerez
The 2014 Evo Champion David Salom has made the swap to Team Pedercini this year, with support from Kawasaki in the form of machinery and some staff to bolster the otherwise privateer WSB squad in 2015.
Salom got his first chance to ride his 2015 machine at the Motorland Aragon tests but only really had one day of regular riding. He also only had an Evo engine spec to play with at the moment, and will not get it until the official tests in Australia.
“The bike I rode is more like my bike from last year,” said Salom. “It is the same bike, it’s just the electronics that are a little bit better, like a Superbike. The engine is the same one from Qatar; it is an Evo engine. We will have the 2015 engine in Australia, not at Jerez.
“My laptime at Motorland was 1’53.5 - but the track is too cold. A maximum track temperature of 12 degrees, but it is OK it was just to check the bike and the electronic parts were all OK.”
On day one Salom only did some small shakedown tests, such were the track conditions, which improved a little late on day two.
“It was not too bad on the second day because on the first day I could only ride to check handlebar positions, footpegs and so on,” said the rider from Mallorca.
“On day two I started to ride like before. I have not ridden for two months and it was difficult to start with confidence, but now, in the last outing I made ten laps in a row and I took more feeling. I need more laps because after only one day and two months off it was always going to be difficult. We have another test in Jerez next week.”