All not lost for Lloyds British GBmoto at chilly Brands Hatch

Linfoot made the most of a cold
and wet day at Brands

The Lloyds British GBmoto British Superbike team made the best out of a bad situation at Brands Hatch in the second official British Superbikes test of the season. The GBmoto riders made the decision echoing most of the superbike paddock not to go out in the morning at a damp and cold Brands Hatch however unlike some teams who called it a day early on, both Hickman and Linfoot put a significant amount of laps in later in the day.

Temperatures of around 3 degrees led to a very cold track surface which was wet from several days rain therefore the track was greasy and damp with little grip. Both riders went out with wet tyres to start with however as the day went on a dry line appeared thanks to the constant track action.

In the last session of the day Pete Hickman placed second on the time sheets behind a rapid Jakub Smrz, he said: “A good day in the end, a bit of a shame with the weather and it’s a bit cold but we’re here and done quite a few laps, I think I did 70 today! I think it’s gone alright, we did what we could we couldn’t do any chassis or geometry changes as in these conditions we couldn’t fo fast enough. Today was about ironing out some little niggles we found at Donington last week and sorting out a few things electronics wise. I think we’ve got a good base electronic setting and I think even chassis wise we have a good base setting anyway so figures crossed we get a bit of sun at Snetterton over the next few days and can get some pace into it.”

Dan Linfoot who was just behind Hickman on the final session time sheet commented: “Productive day testing at Brands Hatch today, moving on from last weeks test at Donington, I felt I needed more initial time to feel comfortable on the bike, and today I finally felt to achieve this.I also started familiarising myself with a thumb operated rear brake, and rounded the day of working on some fuelling. Track conditions meant that we couldn’t push hard, however, given what we had to work with today, I think as a team we came away having used the time to our maximum.”

Read on for comments from Team Principal, Mark Smith-Halvorsen.

Team Principal, Mark Smith-Halvorsen insisted it was important to focus on the positives of the day, rather than the poor conditions: “We’ve had a good day today, I think we made the right decision in waiting this morning until the track temperature came up, regardless of how damp it was and I think that both sides of the garage have worked hard on the things that you can given the condtions. I think it’s really good to see the boys out on track racking up some laps and we’ve certainly found a few things that we’ve improved throughout the day so those things will put us in a slightly better position for Snetterton tomorrow.”

Lloyds British GbMoto Honda will be back out tomorrow at Snetterton for the third and final official pre-season test prior to the first round at Brands.

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