Video: Daytona 675R + Bridgestone S20

Take a lap around Portimao on the 2012 Triumph Daytona 675R

Last week Ben Cope sampled the new Bridgestone Battlax S20 at Portimao, here's an on-board lap of the Portuguese circuit on a Triumph Daytona 675R shod with the sport tyre.

Commenting on how the exotic supersport machine handled the S20s, Ben said: "For the third session I took a Daytona 675R out, the dripping-with-Ohlins version of the already brilliant 675. The bike itself was better suited to the technical turns of Portimao, but it was in this session I really clicked with the S20 tyres.

"Having tried to shred the rear under power with the safety of traction control on the 10R, it was really clear the S20s aren't about to budge in a hurry, so I had one of my best sessions on any bike on the 675R. Chasing laptimes, I actually forgot about the tyres and what they may or may not be capable of and just got stuck in. The 675R was scraping its pegs through most of the infield while its Brembo monobloc calipers were luring me into braking deeper and deeper towards the first turn, which the front S20 was more than a match for. For the whole session it was just me and the bike and that, I suppose, is the sign of a good tyre."

Read his full review of the Bridgestone Battlax S20 and watch a lap of ex-Grand Prix rider Jeremy McWilliams attacking Portimao on a BMW S1000RR.