The Bennetts Suzuki team continue to step up their preparations for the opening round of the British Superbike season after a productive day in Spain.
There were a few bikes out on the track today in cold but bright conditions as Tommy Bridewell and Ryuichi Kiyonari took advantage of a lonely track, Kiyo in particular rushing out of pit lane at the earliest opportunity to have the circuit to himself.
Unofficially, Kiyo the three time BSB champion, was the fastest of the Suzukis as the team went through a range of areas in their testing programme and with better, warmer conditions expected tomorrow both riders are looking forward to getting more valuable development time out on track.
“It was quite cold today so we couldn’t test all of the parts we wanted to try but we were still able to push for some laps to get a feel for the conditions.” Kiyo said.
“It was slippery this morning, and Tommy had a similar feeling. I had been working on the engine set-up and stability when we were braking and those areas. These conditions are very similar to England so that is why I went out and thought if it was too bad I would stop, but it wasn’t really a problem.
“I now have a feeling for my bike, it feels like mine so I wanted to check what we have for these conditions. We tested today on used tyres and we did consistent times, especially after lunch so I was happy with that. Tomorrow we want to try some new parts as it should be better conditions so we can push harder.”
Bridewell said there were positives to take from his stint on the circuit although the conditions weren’t ideal.
“The conditions weren’t ideal today as it is really cold here, but Silverstone isn’t going to be scorching hot either so we made the best of what we had got and me and Kiyo managed to get some good lap times to be honest, considering the temperature and the track conditions.
He continued: “I think I did over 60 laps so we have some experience now in those colder conditions and it is onwards and upwards for tomorrow.”