Oct 3, 2011
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Melissa Paris (29) in action during testing at Donington Park. Photo by Jon Jessopp
MELISSA PARIS COMPLETES SUCCESSFUL SHAKEDOWN TEST AT DONINGTON
AMA star Melissa Paris today completed a successful shakedown test of the MotoDex Performance First Yamaha she will campaign in this weekend's British Supersport Cup races at the Brands Hatch MCE British Superbike finale.
Paris, who flew in on Friday to have time to get rid of jetlag, spent the day lapping at Donington Park, using two groups on a trackday in order to familiarise herself with a bike that has upwards of 30bhp more than the Superstock-spec R6 she races in Daytona Sportbike.
"Donington is awesome, it's pretty different to anything we have in the US, really fast and flowing, the elevation changes are a lot of fun. The bike is just phenomenal. It's a different spec to what we run in Daytona Sportbike and it's exciting to get to ride something that is so fast and works well right off the bat," said Paris.
"I have watched as much Brands Hatch footage as I can find on YouTube and I can see it is going to be a little tricky to ride one configuration on Friday and a different one on Saturday but we will roll with it and just do some fast learning.
"We will make the best job of it we can. Everyone has said I will like it because it is a fast circuit and I like that. Some of the tracks in the US are a little tight and twisty but the ones I do best at over there are more of a European style. It will be a good weekend I thanks to everyone involved in getting me here. I am so looking forward to racing in the UK and against some really fast people."