THE track temperature was barely above freezing but that didn't stop Rizla Suzuki's Shane Byrne and James Haydon from completing nearly 200-laps in a private test at Snetterton in Norfolk today.
Bright sunshine and a dry track allowed both riders plenty of time to get accustomed to the latest development version of the Rizla Suzuki GSX-R1000 K6.
Both riders completed in excess of 90 laps, lapping within a tenth of a second of each other. Rizla Suzuki tests again at Mallory Park on March 14th.
"Since the test finished I've been sitting in my car with the heater and heated seats working overtime. It was very cold today on track but that didn't prevent us from doing a lot of laps and getting to know the bike better. I'm really pleased with the amount of laps I was able to do and the feeling I'm getting for the bike.
"I think we went as fast as we could given the conditions. Chances are we will be racing in cool conditions at some stage this season given the British weather and today will stand us in good stead when that happens."
"It's great to get back out on the Rizla Suzuki and blow the cobwebs out of my system. By the end of the day I felt I had brushed off most of the rust from the winter lay-off and now I'm ready to really ride and race again.
"It was bitterly cold on track but that wasn't going to stop me from completing as many laps as I could and I feel we have made a positive step forward. I'm enjoying my riding and can't wait for the next test."
Niall Mackenzie, Race Operations Manager:
"Despite the chilly conditions we achieved quite a lot today. Both riders completed nearly 100 laps to kick off what will be a fairly intense testing schedule over the next three weeks in the lead up to the first race.
"The new evolution of the Rizla Suzuki GSX-R1000 is excellent. We have a strong engine, chassis and suspension package. We go to Mallory Park next week with a spring in our step after today - there's nothing like getting out on the bikes to fire the riders up."