Steve Martin was the sole FPR rider to join four other World Superbike teams on track for a two-day test at the Eurospeedway circuit in Germany today.
Team-mate Garry McCoy was ruled out of testing following concussion and an injury to his elbow sustained in a controversial crash at last Sunday's Brno round of the Superbike World Championship.
The Aussie worked through the testing programme to evaluate various bike set-ups and tyres on his number one bike, in preparation for the 10th round of the championship at the German circuit in September, whilst evaluating further software strategies with the new engine management system on his second bike.
With knowledge of this 4.265km stop-start track from racing here in 2001 and 2002, Steve set his fastest lap of 1:42.0 on only his 12th lap of the day's total of 74. An engine failure in his first bike followed by a small mechanical problem with his second bike in the afternoon hindered track time, but Steve and the team are confident further steps forward will be made on the second and final day tomorrow.
Steve said: "It's been a pretty busy day. We did a lot of laps in the morning and managed to work through quite a few things and also get a good base set-up with the new engine management system. We've tested a range of tyres as well which will be beneficial for when we come back here for the race and had a good play around with the bike set-up including suspension and geometry. We haven't yet found the ideal race set up for this circuit although I'm confident we will tomorrow."
Team Manager, Jack Valentine, commented: "Things stared off well but Steve started to experience a lot of front end chatter. We made changes to try and dial that out but we were unable today to find an ideal race set-up for Steve at this circuit, although we have a good plan for tomorrow's direction.
"He also lost some track time this afternoon due to a mechanical problem with his second bike whilst we were changing an engine in his number one bike, so given these issues we're not unhappy with our times, as we know we can improve on that tomorrow. We've also explored and evaluated a number of different options with the new engine management system which have all been positive."
Garry McCoy said, "I'm really disappointed not to be at the test as it's the only track I haven't ridden at on this year's calendar. I was looking forward to learning the circuit and making some good headway with set-up prior to the race there. When we got back home from Brno on Monday I did think about going to the test to watch the bikes out on track and talk to the team to see what we could gain, but really I was feeling a bit too battered up for that so thought it best to rest. So unfortunately I'll be going to Eurospeedway having to look for a set up again during a race weekend, which is not ideal.
"My mechanics have a good idea though of what set-up Steve normally runs with, and of course what I run with at different circuits, so can compare the data. So hopefully my mechanics can learn from what Steve's feeling and feeding back, especially with the gearbox settings where we're quite similar, to give me at least a base setting to work from for my set up preferences."