Shane Byrne says his HM Plant Honda already feels like his own after completing two days of testing at Cartagena.
The former BSB champion, who returns to the series after two years on the World Superbike stage, was using the test to get further acquainted with his new machine having plied his trade on a Ducati in recent seasons.
Taking part in just the latter two of the four days allocated to the BSB riders, though Byrne was frustrated with the red flags that interrupted his running, he was otherwise pleased with the progress made.
“The first day at Cartagena was at times a bit frustrating as we had a bit of a stop start morning with the red flags,” he said. “We still had lots to work on and things that needed changing, so when track time is short it isn't easy. In the first afternoon session it seemed to pan out in the end and then we went into the final day with things still to work on.
“To be honest [on day two] I had just been riding around to get more laps in as I didn't get too many on the first day with all the stoppages. We ran the same tyres and I am feeling happy and comfortable with the team and the HM Plant Honda Fireblade now, the bike really feels like mine and that's what I wanted to achieve.
“We worked on the suspension settings yesterday and put in a load of laps despite the limited track time so I am pretty happy as we have a good plan of attack for when we test in the UK so I am feeling positive. I love the team and we have been getting on really well in the garage, so now it's back to the workshop and analyse all the data before we go testing again.”
Byrne was credited with an official 'low' 1min 34secs lap time at the end of the test.