Samsung Crescent Suzuki boss Jack Valentine has pronounced himself happy with the progress of riders John Hopkins and Jon Kirkham as the team brought its Spanish testing jaunt to a close.
Hopkins and Kirkham have conducted six days of mileage – split between Cartagena and Guadix - aboard the GSX-R1000 in an effort to get better acquainted with the machine.
Though the final two days were hampered by poor weather conditions, thus preventing the riders from chasing lap times, Valentine was pleased see his riders working hard to get a better understanding of the bike.
"It's a shame the rain and cooler temperatures came because we do enjoy the process of pushing for good lap times at the end of a test. But, given our climate in the UK, testing in these conditions is still very productive and offers both riders a valuable insight into how their bikes will work through the season.
"All in all, while we haven't set new lap records, we have to say we're very happy with the progress we've made. Hopper and JK are both clearly getting to grips with and enjoying their new bikes. We've had no upsets and we've trialled a lot of new components, developing new settings. It's been a solid six days work.”
Having postponed its planned World Superbike wild-card outing until Silverstone, Samsung Crescent will next be on track in April when it tests at Brands Hatch and Snetterton. In the meantime, Hopkins will sample some track days.
"We've got 42 more days yet before the first BSB races, so we'll have more testing to come yet, in the UK. We'll be at Brands Hatch on April 12, and Snetterton on April 13 and probably other circuits, too. Hopper's going to fit in a few tracks days as well, so he can have a first look at the British circuits. There's more to come and we're well on schedule."