The Airwaves Ducati team have finished a successful test in Almeria, Spain with both riders posting consistent times throughout the three day test.
With an air temperature of 24 degrees and a track temperature of 37 degrees the 4km circuit saw 383 laps completed by the Airwaves Ducati riders, 181 by Gregorio Lavilla and 202 by Leon Haslam.
On day two Leon clocked his fastest time of 1:35.6; he was pushing to better this on the final day when he crashed, reducing the opportunity for him to improve on it further. Greg set a quickest lap of 1:35.8 having ridden 729km over the three days.
Throughout the test both riders worked on a number of new settings on their bikes including successfully testing new sizes and compounds of Dunlop tyres. The team also tried out new Ohlins TTX 36 Factory 07 shocks on the final day.
Having completed 813km at the test Leon Haslam commented, "This test has gone well, I am really pleased. It has been our first good weather test so I was pleased when I was setting 1:35.6's on the second day. I was looking forward to working to improve those times on the third day and my crash set me back but I am absolutely fine. I am pleased with the times overall especially as we are still working on some settings on the bike and the new Ohlins shocks. I think as we work on the fine tuning the consistency will improve with more race runs at the next test."
Greg knows the Spanish circuit well and was pleased with his performance saying; "This test has been good, we worked on a number of things and it has been a starting point for me with the bike, tyres and settings. We have tried some different things that we thought about last season and overall we have done a really good job here. I am looking to get the feeling back with more testing and hopefully we can continue the good work."
Team Manager Colin Wright added, "This is GSE Racing's second test of the season and to enjoy three days of sunshine has given us ample opportunity to test settings and parts. It enabled us to complete the test as planned and therefore we are well on target to be ready for our first race at Brands Hatch. I must add a final thanks to Honda for allowing us to join them at Almeria."
Round One of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship commences at Brands Hatch on April 9th.
"We are genuinely the only team at this test with two new riders who are not only learning new bikes, but coming to grips with new generation Dunlop slicks for the first time as well. Bearing that in mind I think it has been a fruitful test and I am very happy with progress and the performance of my technicians.
"I was able to bite the screen and set a fast time that was encouraging - it has also given us a direction to follow at Guadix for further improvement. We will work on being consistently fast rather than just one-lap wonders, as that's what's needed to win races."
"We made loads of changes to the rear link on my bike and it paid off. At first the changes we made didn't work and then we tried completely opposite settings and found something that allowed me to go faster. It was a bit of trial and error but it succeeded and we now have a good stepping stone to continue improvement at the next test.
"I am the only rider at the test never to have visited Almeria before and to be able to string together a lot of consistent low 1min 36s laps I think is respectable. I am happy with how competitive we are and I'm looking forward to more testing."
Unofficial Test Lap Times:
- 1: Jonathan Rea (Honda) 1:35.2
- 2: Leon Haslam (Ducati) 1.35.4
- 3: Chris Walker (Rizla Suzuki) 1:35.7
- 4: Gregorio Lavilla (Ducati) 1:35.8
- 5: Ryuichi Kiyonari (Honda) 1:35.9
- 6: Shane Byrne (Honda) 1:35.9
- 7: Cal Crutchlow (Rizla Suzuki) 1:36.3
- 8: Tom Sykes (Honda) 1:36.5
- 9: Leon Camier (Honda) 1:36.8