Nicky Hayden turned his first official laps as a World Superbike rider on Monday, putting the Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR through its paces for the first time. The test did not get off to a particularly auspicious start, the day delayed by a wet track and thick fog, which took a long time to clear. Nevertheless, Hayden took his first laps shortly before one, to try to get a feel for the bike. The first exit was on wet tires, the track still damp, and there was no serious action on the circuit until late in the afternoon, when the sun finally broke through the clouds.
Testing for the 2016 World Superbike is underway, with Kawasaki and Crescent - now switched from Suzuki to Yamaha - taking to the track at Jerez for a two-day test starting Tuesday. The test marks Yamaha's return to World Superbikes for the first time since their departure at the end of 2011.
The press releases issued by Kawasaki and Yamaha appear below:
Yamaha WSBK Returns to the Track with Lowes and Guintoli
Press releases from the series organizers and teams after the final round of World Superbikes at Qatar:
Maiden win for Torres in Race 1 after spectacular battle with Rea
The Spaniard ends Great Britain's winning streak as Sykes claims final podium place.
Press release previes from the World Superbike and World Supersport teams:
Qatari floodlights to illuminate 2015 finale
The battle for second is on as WorldSBK returns to Doha.
Press releases from the series organizers and teams after Sunday's World Superbike round at Magny-Cours:
Rea masters wet conditions in Race 1 at Magny-Cours
Sykes edged in the closing stages as Guintoli claims home podium.
Press releases from the organizers and teams after qualifying at Magny-Cours:
Haslam splashes his way to French Tissot-Superpole win
The Aprilia rider on pole despite a late crash, Rea only 0.004s away in second.
Press releases from the teams and series organizers after the World Superbike and World Supersport races at Jerez:
Sykes wins Jerez Race 1 as Rea clinches WorldSBK crown
Davies and van der Mark complete the podium ahead of the new Champion.
A press release interview with the 2015 World Superbike champion:
Jonathan Rea: Superbike World Champion 2015
After finishing fourth in the first WorldSBK race at Jerez de la Frontera in Spain Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) became the FIM Superbike World Champion for the first time in his career.
Born in Northern Ireland in 1987, Jonathan only joined the Kawasaki Racing Team for the 2015 season, after taking part in his first full WSB season in 2009.
A press release on Jonathan Rea from the series organizer:
Jonathan Rea: 2015 eni FIM Superbike World Champion
An undeniable talent seals an indisputable world title.
The Pirelli Spanish Round has gone down in history as the WorldSBK race meeting at which Jonathan Rea was crowned World Champion of 2015. The British rider, standard bearer of the Kawasaki Racing Team, clinched the ultimate goal in Race 1 courtesy of his fourth position. He has been pursuing the title since his first full campaign in 2009.
Press release previews from the series organizer and teams ahead of the Jerez round of World Superbikes:
#JerezWorldSBK poised to crown a new Champion
Rea only needs a top 10 finish in Race 1 to clinch the title at the Pirelli Spanish Round.
Jonathan Rea is just six points away from the ultimate goal in WorldSBK: the eni FIM Superbike World Championship title of 2015.