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Mar 11, 2014

British Teams Complete Testing In Spain

Josh Brookes (3).

Milwaukee Yamaha’s 2014 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship line up of Tommy Bridewell and Josh Brookes have ended their first pre-season tests at the Cartagena and Alcarras circuits in Spain as the team bid to lift a second title.

Bridewell had been the pace-setter at Cartagena as he evaluated a number of set up changes to the Milwaukee Yamaha, building on his previous experience with the team from the final three rounds of the 2013 season. Bridewell utilised the track time to get back up to speed and worked closely with his chief engineer Pete Jennings and the team to continue looking for the optimum set up of the Milwaukee Yamaha ready for the first official test which takes place in the UK next month at Donington Park.

Brookes made his first appearance on track with the team at Cartagena after a winter back home in Australia and rapidly adapted to the Milwaukee Yamaha, posting competitive lap times and closing the gap during the final sessions on circuit. Brookes further improved his feeling for the Milwaukee Yamaha during the two final days on circuit at Alcarras, setting strong lap times as he worked alongside his new chief engineer Mick Shanley and crew.

Bridewell said: “The tests have been really beneficial. Cartagena was really good, although we had a small crash which was just annoying more than anything else. I was feeling comfortable on the bike and we had been working through a few small things before we lost that bit of time. We then went to Alcarras and I was suffering a bit on the first day, which we found to be a problem with the forks after the crash. The team rebuilt the chassis and changed the forks and it completely transformed the bike and we made leaps and bounds in progress; I was 1.7 seconds faster on the second day. I am happy with how we have finished up as we are not a million miles off and we turned it around on the final day.”

Brookes said: “The last few days here in Spain working with the team have been great. Cartagena was a chance for me to learn the bike and get used to it in the first instance and then when we moved on to Alcarras we were able to start making a few adjustments. We made really good progress on the final two days at Alcarras and with the changes we have made it felt like the bike was on rails and that puts us in a good position for the next test we have before the first round.”

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More, from a press release issued by Jayson Uribe's publicist:

Cartagena, Spain

Rock and Sons Racing’s Jayson Uribe has completed 4 days of testing with his new team Fireplace Warehouse Racing at the Pro Test, Circuito Cartagena, Spain.Our new team entered into this Pro Test in Spain with high expectations.All racing aspects spanning from team workmanship, machine performance, rider performance and lap times were accomplished and exceeded.Team owner/Crew Chief, Adrian Mason stated “Jayson ended the test well over a second quicker than expected and without a doubt, the fastest Moto3 of the test”.

This was Jayson’s first opportunity to work with the FPW Racing Team and after 4 days of testing with the crew it was obvious that the team is nothing less than exceptional.Jayson was immediately able to adapt to the Honda NSF250R Moto3 machine which was flawlessly prepared and performed without an issue.Jayson worked with his mechanic, Geoff Lapworth, for the first time and the two were able to immediately communicate at a high level and went straight to work.With such a well prepared machine, the team was able to pass the normal experimental phases and get to the task at hand.

As the week progressed so did the reduction in lap times.The combination of team experience and Jayson’s ability to communicate brought rewards of continuous progression each time out with our best laps run on day 3 which had the most favorable conditions.Jayson Uribe; “I really felt good on the bike from the start.Each time out I was able to improve my lap times as well as gain valuable knowledge of the specific characteristics of the bike.The conditions were best on Saturday so this is the day I chose to push and I was very happy with my results.Although I believe there was more improvement to be had, Sunday unfortunately the wind had picked up so instead of risking unnecessary damage to equipment or injury I choose to work on different aspects of my riding as well as getting more comfortable with my team”.

We all would like to thank Barry Symmons for the hard work it took to put on such a successful testing event.

More, from  a press release issued by Mar-Train Racing:


Alastair Seeley and Mar-Train Racing made significant progress during last week’s four-day test at Cartagena in Spain. The diminutive Ulsterman posted Supersport lap times within a second of the main Superbike teams. The 10-time NW200 winner also found a more than satisfactory base-setting on both ZX10R Kawasakis that he will ride at the forthcoming International North West 200 on May 17.

The double British champion said: “We’ve now found a decent base setting on the Supersport bike and yesterday [Sunday] we posted a handful of consistent mid 35s [1min 35 second laps]. In the first session of the week I was coming in knowing we could make improvements, but in yesterday’s second session, there were hardly any areas where we I was struggling, so it was a joy to mark up my track map at the end of the session.”

Looking ahead Seeley added: “When we start going to the BSB tracks it will just be a matter of dialing in certain changes to suit, but I’ve every confidence in the team and my crew chief Andy Jamison and mechanic Boost. I feel very comfortable on the bike now and am well pleased with the Cartagena test as we made a lot of progress.”

New recruit Dean Harrison, who will take in the International Road Races on the Mar-Train Yamaha R6 this season, also acquitted himself well on his first run out with the team.

Team principal Tim Martin concluded: “We came to Cartagena with a little bit of work to do on the big bikes for the North West 200. The issues we had with chatter at Almeria seem to be ironed out and Alastair is very happy with both bikes.

“He worked well over the four days alongside Andy and Boost and they have now found a comfortable base setting for him on our Supersport Yamaha. His lap times are always impressive but yesterday he consistently stopped the watch with some very fast times.

“It was also good to have Dean in the camp at Cartagena and nice to get him onto the Mar-Train R6 Yamaha for the first time. He’s a talented lad who we are all going to enjoy working with this season on the roads. It’s now time for home and prepare for both Scarborough and the opening BSB tests in a few weeks time.”

More, from a press release issued by FFX Yamaha:

The FFX Yamaha team have completed their opening pre-season tests of the 2014 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Cartagena and Alcarras in Spain as Ian Hutchinson and Andy Reid continue their preparations for the opening round of the season at Brands Hatch this Easter.

Hutchinson returned to the track for the first time since his winning performance at the Macau Grand Prix last November and quickly got back up to speed on his first appearance onboard the FFX Yamaha. The record-breaking Isle of Man TT race winner is now eager to carry the momentum to the team’s next test in the UK.

Andy Reid also had a positive debut with the team as he prepares for his first full season in the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship. The Northern Irishman quickly settled into the team and was soon getting to grips with the FFX Yamaha in the Spanish sun.

Hutchinson said: “It has been really good to get back on the bike after the winter as the last time I rode was at Macau last November. I just focused on doing my own thing at the tests but we have really done some mileage; at Alcarras alone I did 80 laps on the first day and then 60 laps on the second. I am still learning a lot about the Superbike and being back on the circuits but it has been really good. I am looking forward now to getting back on one of the BSB circuits for another test as that will have a bit more relevance so we can keep moving forward. We have had a good start and now the team can evaluate what we have learnt in Spain and see how we can build on that back home.”

Reid said: “I'm very happy with how our first test has gone; we have made progress every session and tried a lot of different things out. I was learning a brand new bike, but I am feeling comfortable and confident not only with my riding but with my team environment. I am not looking forward to the next test ready for Brands Hatch.”

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