By the end of his first day of testing on a full-specification Relentless Suzuki GSX-R1000, Josh Brookes had already lapped 'within half a second' of his previous best time at Cartagena in Spain.
The Australian, who has moved to Relentless from HM Plant Honda, only arrived in Northern Ireland on Wednesday, but didn't take long to deliver competitive laps.
“I did start today feeling like a bit of a passenger,” he admitted. “I was seriously impressed with the bike but I didn't feel at one with it straight away. That didn't take too long for the boys to sort out after we made a number of small changes and position adjustments.
“In the afternoon when I felt comfortable I was able to push and felt like we were going somewhere; I was spinning the rear tyre and pulling wheelies and starting to enjoy it and really felt part of the bike. I only met the guys in the team the day before but I already feel like I've known them for a long time - so for a first day it couldn't have gone any better.”
“Josh had less than 24 hours to settle into his new place in Northern Ireland before heading off to Spain, but is already within half a second of his best ever time at the circuit – that's some going on day one,” stated team manager Philip Neill. “I'm now looking forward to seeing what he can do when he really gets settled in.”
Testing continues on Friday.