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Hill, Haga confident as Pro Test concludes

12 March 2012

Reigning MCE British Superbike champion Tommy Hill tested a new specification engine in his Swan Yamaha YZF-R1 on Sunday as Shun Muir's team wrapped up testing at Cartagena in Spain.

Hill, who was lucky to escape unhurt following a high-speed crash on the opening day of the test, was running similar lap teams at the Spanish track to his pre-season test times in 2011.

The team will now continue testing at Almeria, where Hill hopes to develop the chassis set-up of his R1.

“Today [Sunday] we basically spent time on trying a new spec engine and made a few adjustments really just to develop the engine and the overall package. It felt good and we now know the direction we need to head in,” he said.

“We will start to look at testing possibly a few chassis set ups and changes to make a step forward again now in Almeria but we are happy.”

Japanese star Noriyuki Haga is striving to find a setting that offers improved grip following the Pro Test shakedown, but the World Superbike legend remains confident of making further progress before the opening championship round at Brands Hatch.

“Today we continued to make a better suspension setting but we were not getting as much grip so we still need to find a better feeling. Now we go to Almeria for our next test for two days and we will still try and find a good set up,” said Haga.

“I am not worried though because I know this is a good team with experienced crew and the Yamaha is a good bike. I think 100 percent we can find a good setting before the race at Brands Hatch.”

Team owner Muir is already convinced the Yamaha will remain ultra-competitive this season after watching Hill and Haga at Cartagena.

“We are very happy with how this test has gone and the pace we have been able to run after two and a half days on track so we know that the Yamaha will be competitive,” he said.
“I am really pleased with Tommy and what he has achieved in the time we have been here and for Nori, with how well he has adapted to a new team, bike and track.

"He has been getting more comfortable on the Swan Yamaha and we are now looking forward to Almeria.”


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