Returning BSB frontrunner impresses in Spanish test on Worx Suzuki
JAPANESE ACE Yukio Kagayama topped the timesheets at the Cartagena 2010 BSB test, lapping the Spanisg track with a best of 1:33.51.
Worx Crescent Suzuki teammate Tommy Hill notched up the second-fastest time of the weekend, only two-hundredths of a second behind Kagayama.
Another Suzuki-mounted rider posted the third quickest time at the track; Michael Laverty stuck in a 1:34.4 on his Relentless GSX-R1000.
Jack Valentine, Worx Crescent team manager: "We're very, very pleased with today's outcome. We had only planned for three days' testing here but considering the high workload and the teething issues we've experienced we felt the extra day would help prepare the team better for the next test at Guadix, starting Tuesday.
"Yukio's had his work cut out these last few days, but today he was able to put in 42 laps – nearly equal to what he did over the entire three previous days. This brought him up to Tommy's pace and it was a real pleasure to see the pair of them all-but sharing the best lap time. But just as importantly those lap times weren't one-offs for either of them, they were able to lap consistently at this very fast pace.
"So we're really happy with the progress made. We've come here with a team that's much bigger than we had last year and we've come with new kit in the form of the Öhlins suspension and Motec engine management. The bikes, the riders and the team are really starting to gel – we've achieved everything we set out to do."
Cartagena 2010 BSB unofficial test times:
Yukio Kagayama (Worx Crescent Suzuki) 1m:33.51s
Tommy Hill (Worx Crescent Suzuki) 1m:33.53s
Michael Laverty (Relentless Suzuki) 1m:34.3s
Dan Linfoot (Motorpoint Yamaha) 1m:34.4s
James Ellison (Swan Honda) 1m:34.5s
Stuart Easton (Swan Honda) 1m:34.8s
Neil Hodgson (Motorpoint Yamaha) 1m:34.9s
Alastair Seeley (Relentless Suzuki) 1m:34.9s
Josh Brookes (HM Plant Honda) 1m:35.0s
Ryuichi Kiyonari (HM Plant Honda) 1m:35.2s
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