Following its race debut on the international stage, Kawasaki began its preparations for an assault on the 2011 British Superbike title by venturing out in testing at Cartagena.

Though the ZX-10R has been extensively tested over the past few months, this was the first time MSS Colchester had been able to wheel the bike onto track with riders Stuart Easton and Gary Mason.

Indeed, though the team did have a small head start through Easton, who was given the chance to ride the machine at a Kawasaki test in Malaysia earlier in the year, team manager Nick Morgan emphasised that this was a shakedown test.

"Very positive first test for the team, obviously it's easy to get fixated on the times from these outings against other BSB guys but we have a radically new model that needs methodically testing for settings which is what we've been doing," he said.

"We set and exceeded our targets for the test in terms of new model familiarisation, rider development and mileage so very happy so far. The Superbike is effectively an Evo bike as the engines are still being worked on and we didn't even run a generator whilst the Superstock machines are still track day bikes with an end can, its that early for this new model but we can see massive potential in the bikes.

"The riders and team are working well, we have no egos and we're looking forward to more track time in Portimao and then back in the UK."