Samsung Crescent move onto Guadix

John Hopkins and Jon Kirkham wrap up their test for Samsung Crescent Suzuki at Cartagena in readiness for the move onto Guadix.
Samsung Crescent Suzuki's preparations for the 2011 British Superbike Championship show no sign of waning as it swaps Cartagena for Guadix for the latest round of testing.

The re-branded team made its 2011 debut during the Cartagena group test last week, with new riders John Hopkins and Jon Kirkham faring well against their main Swan Yamaha, HM Plant Honda and Relentless Suzuki rivals.

Indeed, despite missing the final day of action, during which Tommy Hill scored the best time of the test with a 1min 32.9secs, team manager Jack Valentine is pleased with his riders' early form, Hopkins having managed a best of 1min 34.0secs and Kirkham a 1min 35.8secs

"We're very, very pleased with progress, the bikes are working well and both riders are more than happy with their personal progress,” Valentine said. “With good weather this year we got three full days of testing under our belts at Cartagena, so we felt it was right to stand down from the final day and give the riders and the team a rest before starting on the next vital phase of our testing.

"Both riders have been a dream to work with, they're getting on well with their crew chiefs and with each other – we're building the basis of a strong and unified team. They've also been putting together impressive lap times and we're in no doubt we will be very competitive come the start of the season.”

While its rivals head back to the UK to continue their build up to the start of the 2011 BSB season next month, Samsung Crescent will instead move onto Guadix for the next stage of testing

"Although today's been a rest day in fact both John and Jon have been on track at Guadix – in track day cars. It's been very entertaining to watch, but beneath the fun and laughs it's also allowed both of them to get familiar with a track neither has seen before. It'll probably save us an hour in settling-in time tomorrow.

"We've now got some new components we want to test and with the change of track our riders are going to find out a whole lot more about our bikes. So three more days – we'll see where we stand after that!"

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Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

March 09, 2011 12:10 PM

P - He was fit for the last three races and was on the podium three times - that is why Crescent hired him. He didn't run a full season last year due to injury / operations. If he is fit I see no reason why he can't podium in BSB.

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