Suzuki riders on form at Cartagena

Suzuki riders swept the top three positions at the end of the first major BSB test of 2010, held over four days at Cartagena in Spain.

Fastest of all was returning BSB hero, and former WSBK race winner, Yukio Kagayama, who cut nearly a second off the previous best lap time with a 1min 33.51sec circulation during the final day.

But that could only keep Worx Crescent Suzuki team-mate Tommy Hill from the top by 0.02sec as the Englishman also upped his pace.

"We're very, very pleased with today's outcome,” admitted team manager Jack Valentine. “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,” he added.

Third fastest was another GSX-R1000, this time the Relentless-backed machine of Michael Laverty. Laverty set a best lap time of 1min 34.3sec to trail Kagayama by 0.79sec, but remain 0.1sec clear of the top non-Suzuki rider - Motorpoint Yamaha's Dan Linfoot.

Linfoot also impressed by outpacing illustrious team-mate and former BSB and WSBK champion Neil Hodgson by half a second. Sandwiched between the two R1s were Swan Honda riders James Ellison (1min 34.5sec) and Stuart Easton (1min 34.8sec).

Tied with Hodgson on a 1min 34.9sec was the second Relentless Suzuki of Alastair Seeley, while the HM Plant Honda team found itself at the tail of the unofficial timesheets in ninth and tenth.

Josh Brookes set a 1min 35.0sec while former champion Ryuichi Kiyonari clocked a 1min 35.2sec.

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Yukio Kagayama tests his 2010 Worx Crescent Suzuki (pic: Crescent Suzuki)
Richard Cooper, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Risopli, Quattro Plant Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Billy McConnell, Quattro Plant Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Billy McConnell, Quattro Plant Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Taylor Mackenzie, Bennetts Suzuki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki, BSB [Credit: MSV Media]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki, BSB [Credit: MSV Media]
Sylvain Guintoli, Suzuki, Sepang [Credit: Peter McLaren]
Sylvain Guintoli, Suzuki, Sepang [Credit: Peter McLaren]
Sylvain Guintoli, Suzuki, Sepang [Credit: Peter McLaren]
Sylvain Guintoli, Suzuki, Sepang [Credit: Peter McLaren]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: MSV Media]
Hawk Racing Suzuki, BSB [Credit: BSB media]
Luke Mossey, Quattro Plant Kawasaki [Credit:]

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McRacing - Unregistered

March 08, 2010 8:14 AM

And from this we can deduce.............what? No clear champion elect as far as i can see. There will be loads of riders in the mix and i predict numerous winners. Going to be a great season, so much closer than last year. Roll on Rd 1. :D

Cubikrube - Unregistered

March 08, 2010 11:38 AM

It's all good and well saying you should take no notice of testing times but Haslam was top of the timesheets in testing in WSB and look what that has translated into when it came to the racing. Suzuki have produced a very good bike it seems so bet against them at your peril. If Tommy Hill starts kicking butt i am going to take great delight in reminding a few of the numbskulls on here of their comments about him last year :) Personally i think all the good results for Suzuki are down to me and the fact i've just bought a K5 GSX-R750 :p Can't wait for bank holiday weekend at Brands!

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