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Brookes and Bridewell show pace in Spain
12 March 2014
Milwaukee Yamaha duo Josh Brookes and Tommy Bridewell are looking ahead to next month's official MCE British Superbike test at Donington Park following a successful shakedown in Spain.
Bridewell set the pace during the first test at Cartagena, while Australian star Brookes was under the lap record at Alcarras, where Shaun Muir's team wrapped up their warm-weather testing programme.
Brookes, who switched to Milwaukee Yamaha this season following a lengthy association with Northern Ireland team Tyco Suzuki, said: “The last few days here in Spain working with the team have been great. Cartagena was a chance for me to learn the bike and get used to it in the first instance and then when we moved on to Alcarras we were able to start making a few adjustments.
“We made really good progress on the final two days at Alcarras and with the changes we have made it felt like the bike was on rails and that puts us in a good position for the next test we have before the first round.”
Bridewell, who made a big impact on the YZF-R1 after joining Muir's outfit for the final three Showdown rounds last season, was equally upbeat.
“The tests have been really beneficial. Cartagena was really good although we had a small crash, which was just annoying more than anything else,” he said.
“I was feeling comfortable on the bike and we had been working through a few small things before we lost that bit of time.
“We then went to Alcarras and I was suffering a bit on the first day, which we found to be a problem with the forks after the crash. The team rebuilt the chassis and changed the forks and it completely transformed the bike and we made leaps and bounds in progress; I was 1.7 seconds faster on the second day,” he added.
“I am happy with how we have finished up as we are not a million miles off and we turned it around on the final day.”
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