Seeley And Brookes On Pace In Final Test

/ March 29, 2012

Alastair Seeley and Josh Brookes were well on the pace at Kirkistown for the final pre-season test, with both riders lapping consistently inside the 54 second bracket.

After tests at Brands Hatch and Snetterton, the Tyco Suzuki team headed back to Northern Island for a final shakedown to iron out any set-up issues, ahead of the opening round of the British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch on Easter Monday.

Both riders also completed a race simulation to gauge tyre wear, with Josh Brookes completing over 80 laps over the duration of the test.

Brookes said, “If you added it all up today I think we did quite a number of laps.

“We ran through a number of set-ups and put down some decent lap times, which were pretty steady and consistent. I’m one hundred percent happy with my side of the garage and I know with a bit of time things will get even better.

“Last week there were some general things I wasn’t happy with but going to Kirkistown worked out well.”

Alastair Seeley was also in a positive mood after the test.

He said, “I was happy with the race simulation we did, posting consistent lap times with the fastest lap, a 54.3, coming at a time when the tyre would certainly not have been at its best, so that’s confidence inspiring.

“We’re certainly going in the right direction. We still have a bit to do, but you couldn’t post consistent 54-second times if the bike wasn’t working well. We’ve matched last year’s time that we did on the Superbike with all the electronic aids, so that’s also a positive.

“We also had a new motor in today which was smooth and not aggressive and is to my liking, although it still has plenty of power. Everyone is singing off the same hymn sheet, so we’ve gelled well. Hopefully we can hit the ground running at Brands next week.”

Team Manager Philip Neill added, “Today worked out well for us and it was a great end to pre-season testing. Hopefully it puts us in a good strong position with some high hopes going into the opening weekend at Brands.

“Alastair was his usual brilliant self at Kirkistown, but it must be said, Josh went well inside his best ever times today and matched Alastair; it was all very pleasing.

“It’s not all about lap times on days like this but to match the best times we’ve ever posted around Kirkistown certainly tells us we’re in the ballpark, and the race simulations to analyse tyre wear also threw up favourable results.”