|Linfoot trying out his new Honda for size…
The GBMoto Honda British Superbike team have completed a successful shake down test at Snetterton ahead of the official British Superbike tests, starting next Thursday.
Once the fog on the Norfolk circuit had lifted, both debuting riders, Peter Hickman (who had just flown in from Italy…) and Dan Linfoot spent the day sorting out positioning on the bike prior to the beginning of the official BSB tests.
Linfoot signed for the team back in December, after complications with his ride in World Supersport in the Mahi Racing team. With good experience and a podium at world championship level, Linfoot will no doubt be looking to help the GBMoto team up their game this season, gunning for the top 6 positions and more throughout the season. Following his first time out on the bike, the Wetherby rider seemed very content with his new surroundings: “It’s been great to finally start work with the GBmoto Racing Team. Having a shakedown before our main bulk of BSB testing is a good bonus. Due to poor weather conditions we didn’t utilise the whole day, however, we achieved what we set out to do for the day, which was to give us, the riders, our first feel of the bike, get our riding position sorted, and to start working with our staff. The team have put countless hours in over the winter, and the bikes are a result of their hard work. It’s been fantastic to finally open them up, and am now looking forward to making bigger steps at Donington 14th March.”
Team principal, Mark Smith-Halvorsen expressed equal elation after the preliminary test for his GBMoto Honda team: “Although today was just a shake-down, it was absolutely great to see the bikes on track today after such a long period of development for them over the winter. After two productive days on the dyno, it was clear to see that we have the basis to be competitive this season. It was even better to watch the riders and their crews talking animatedly and obviously happy with how our first few runs of the season had gone-despite very challenging conditions. We have happy, comfortable riders ahead of our first official test at Donnington next week and are looking forward to continuing our preparation for the 2013 BSB Championship. Thanks to all of our sponsors, suppliers and supporters for their faith, help and interest to date; we are looking to repay them with results.”
The British Superbike Championship will begin its ‘official’ testing regime on the 14th of March, at Donington Park. All key test and race meeting dates for BSB can be found here.