The Czech rider gets onboard a MotoE bike for the first time in a midweek test, prior to the Spanish GP.
Jakub Kornfeil and WithU Motorsport had a satisfactory first day of work together at the Circuito de Jerez-Ángel Nieto on Wednesday. A single-day official test, prior to the opening MotoE World Cup round of the season, took place at the Spanish track, consisting of three 30-minute sessions for the electric bike class. Kornfeil was able to try a MotoE bike for the first time in the test.
The Czech rider made notable improvements to his lap times with every stint out on track. His work focused on getting familiar with the new bike and his team, and he got a close look at his rivals in the series. Kornfeil ended the day with a best time of 1:53.694.
The Jerez-Angel Nieto Circuit hosts the first of seven rounds of the 2020 MotoE World Cup season this weekend, a campaign delayed due to the global COVID pandemic of recent months. WithU Motorsport debut a new name, colours and rider in what will be their second year in the electric motorcycle racing series.
Sunday’s event will be the first MotoE round held at the Jerez-Angel Nieto Circuit, which to date has only held preseason tests. After today’s intense test, Round 1 will get underway on Friday with two free practice sessions, continuing on Saturday with FP3 and the subsequent fight for the first E-Pole of the year. The inaugural race of the season will take place on Sunday at 10:05am CEST.
#84 JAKUB KORNFEIL
“I am very happy to start riding here again, since Jerez is a circuit that I really like. The MotoE bike is a totally different machine from the others; the change is a very big one. I really like how it sounds, as you are almost silent and that allows you to concentrate better. The acceleration is quite smooth, as the bike weighs a lot, and another aspect that I really like is the tyres. I’m good at braking, although it’s hard for me to control the weight of this bike. I have to be very precise with how I line the bike up. In the last session today it was very windy, which hindered our work.
Overall, I am very happy with this opportunity that has been given to me. The team are incredible and the bike rides really well. I still need more time to adapt, but I can’t wait for Friday. I am very satisfied with this first day, I am optimistic and I know that I can go faster.”