MSS Colchester Kawasaki insists there is much more to come from its package after spending three days testing new equipment in preparation for the 2010 MCE British Superbike Championship season.
Having skipped the first group test at Cartagena, Kawasaki joined Swan Honda, HM Plant Honda, Worx Crescent Suzuki and Ridersmotorcycles.com Ducati for an outing at Guadix instead, with Simon Andrews and newcomer Gary Mason focusing on chassis set-up and electronics.
Indeed, team owner Nick Morgan admits he would have liked one more day to test the bike around the Spanish circuit, although two further dates on British soil are planned before the Brands Hatch opener.
“If I'm honest we needed one more day,” he said. “We tested so much stuff and found good direction that I know tomorrow would have been great for those morale boosting times but ultimately that's not what we're here for anyway. We've got some spot on reference points for both chassis and the new electronics package and the guys kept to their jobs, taking a section of the testing each.
For Andrews, who set an unofficial best time of 1min 14.9secs, the test was a chance for him to acquire data aboard the ZX-10R as he looks to build on a promising first season with Kawasaki in 2010.
“I've got to say I ache now, there's no way you can train for the physical pressures of riding. We now know the electronics work well from the get go and we have some good data. We also found some kit that didn't work so well which is good to discover here rather than at a race. But a very worthwhile test for sure.”
Mason, meanwhile, made his debut in Kawasaki colours at Guadix, the reigning Mirror.co.uk Cup Champion joking he still has his 'L plates' with regards to learning the bike.
“The last time I rode a bike seems like a year ago, you really need a couple of days to get back in the swing of it! We worked through so much equipment, the team were well prepared and I felt at home with the way they work immediately. To be fair I still have the L plates on but I know come Brands Hatch I'll be right up there!”