June 19 2013 Latest news:
Monday, April 2, 2012
The Tyco Suzuki team have today (Wednesday, 30 March) wrapped up their pre-season testing programme with a final outing at Kirkistown in Northern Ireland.
Both Josh Brookes and Alastair Seeley spent the day on track in perfect conditions as they made some final preparations before heading to Brands Hatch for the opening round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship next weekend. Australian Brookes was feeling confident after the session and was able to lap the circuit in a personal best time, whilst Seeley was also feeling positive that they have been able to solve some of the issues that he had at the recent Brands Hatch test.
Brookes said: “It was a good day and I did my best lap of Kirkistown today just after lunch; previously it was a 55.1s and today I did a 54.4s which is a big improvement and a good chunk of time over a small lap. We did a longer run and just played around with a few things. We did have a good tyre life but then just needed to improve the times over the longer distance. We have loads of time at Brands Hatch though on the Friday test day before the weekend starts as it would on a typical weekend so we can finish clarifying the final points ready for qualifying and the race.”
Seeley said: “It has been a productive day for us here; we have done some good work with the suspension as we have had a technician from K-Tech spend some time with us and we have been happy with the lap times we have been able to run as they were pretty competitive. Compared to the last time we were here the track was 10-12 degrees warmer and that has made a big difference. I think we have had a positive day and we are now at about 90%, but with the extra track time for testing at Brands Hatch on Friday we should be ready to go. I was able to do some race starts and a race simulation today and we have been working on the tyre wear over the longer distance, so I think it has been productive test for us. We can now look forward to next weekend and getting the races started!”