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Guadix BSB test: final day reaches its climax

Friday, March 12 2010

Pre-season testing for the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship has now ended with the Swan Honda team emerging as the fastest outfit.

HM Plant Honda had set the pace on the second day with Josh Brookes setting the standard with a 1m:13.6s but as the team returned to the UK the remaining teams upped the pace on the final day.

The Swan Honda team had a steady start to the final day but as the conditions improved in the afternoon both James Ellison and Stuart Easton targeted longer runs on track and consistently ran in the mid to low 1m:13s lap times.

Easton said: "It has been a successful test for us and I am really pleased with the work we have done both here at Guadix and from last week at Cartagena. We have refined the settings and we are now in a really good position before we start testing again later in the month. We have improved the bike so much from when we were here last year and my lap times were consistently coming. I did a good run of laps in the low 1m:13s so we have seen a big improvement. We have another test coming up at Cadwell Park and after doing some longer stints today I think we should be ready for a strong start at the first round at Brands Hatch."

Ellison said: "We have really made some good progress out here in Spain and today we have managed to test so many different settings; we definitely are leaving here feeling happy. The Swan Honda seems to really fit me and I am feeling comfortable on track. We have been able to get some consistent laps together and the times have just been coming. It has been great working with the team again and they have done a fantastic job, we are now looking forward to getting back out on track again in the next few weeks."

The Worx Crescent Suzuki team had been working through various changes to the electronics following some teething problems on the final day, but with many of the other teams finishing earlier Tommy Hill and Yukio Kagayama were formation flying as they put in their best laps of the day in the final stages.

Simon Andrews and Gary Mason had their second full day on circuit, with Andrews dramatically improving his lap time on the last day after adjusting to the new electronics package, whilst Mason adapted to the Kawasaki and targeted chassis settings. The MSS Colchester Kawasaki team are now preparing for their next test at Brands Hatch next Wednesday.

The MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship will visit Snetterton on 16/17/18 July. Advance adult tickets are available for £24 with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0870 950 9000 or click on the link below.