Easton, Ellison put Swan Honda top in test

Stuart Easton and James Ellison set the pace for Swan Honda on the final day of pre-season testing at Guadix in Spain
Swan Honda's preparations for the 2010 British Superbike Championship received a boost on the final day of pre-season testing at Guadix as Stuart Easton and James Ellison locked out the top two positions.

With the three day test reduced to just two following adverse weather conditions on Tuesday, HM Plant Honda made the decision to skip the final day of action in order to continue its preparations from home.

It meant Easton was able to dip below Josh Brookes' best marker of 1min 13.6s by two tenths of a second as the Swan Honda team focused on longer stints.

Backed up by team-mate James Ellison in second position, just a tenth behind, the Honda riders were comfortably quicker than third place man Tommy Hill on the Worx Crescent Suzuki.

Yukio Kagayama stepped up to fourth position on the second GSX-R1000, ahead of the Ducati pairing Michael Rutter and Martin Jessopp, who circulated with similar lap times to be separated by just a tenth at the test's conclusion.

Meanwhile, Simon Andrews and Gary Mason continued to work on chassis and electronic development as they brought up the rear on their MSS Colchester Kawasakis.

Unofficial times from Guadix (day three):

1. Stuart Easton GBR Swan Honda 1min 13.4s
2. James Ellison GBR Swan Honda 1min 13.5s
3. Tommy Hill GBR Worx Crescent Suzuki 1min 13.8s
4. Yukio Kagayama JPN Worx Crescent Suzuki 1min 14.0s
5. Michael Rutter GBR Ducati 1min 14.6s
6. Martin Jessopp GBR Ducati 1min 14.7s
7. Simon Andrews GBR MSS Colchester Kawasaki 1min 14.9s
8. Gary Mason GBR MSS Colchester Kawasaki 1min 15.9s

Tagged as: Honda , Kawasaki , Ducati , Suzuki , Easton , Ellison , swan , Guadix

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phil - Unregistered

March 12, 2010 10:07 AM

Would like to see Easton take the title this year, he's a rider i have always admired, quiet, unassuming, no bull. I think having Ellison as a team mate will spur him on too. Shaun Muirs team have really come on in the last couple of years and must be in with a shout for the title.


March 12, 2010 8:11 PM

@ roadking03 i think he suffered comparisons with camier who was head and shoulders (lierally) above the competition. i think it detracted from the great job he did with the lack of testing etc. i don't think he will win the championship on this bike (easton has the edge) and i think the HM plants will be the ones to beat.

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