The Anvil Hire Yamaha squad is heading out to Almeria for a two-day pre-season test to help riders James Rispoli, Billy McConnell and Shaun Winfield become familiar with the R1.
Over the winter the team has completed work on its first BSB-specification Yamaha R1 but it won't make the trip to the Spanish circuit, meaning all three riders will run on stock bikes to gain track time and get on top of any niggling issues.
Team boss Gary Winfield wants his three riders to get completely in-tune with the characteristics of the R1 before switching thoughts towards race pace and performance with the bike which claimed the 2015 MCE British Superbike title with Milwaukee Yamaha's Josh Brookes.
“We're really excited ahead of the trip, the two days on track gives us much more time onboard the bikes to iron out any other issues that we may encounter,” Winfield said. “The first superbike isn't far away from being completed, so this test at Almeria means we will be working on the feel of the bikes for the riders and letting them get up to speed with the R1.”
Rispoli will be making his first trip to Almeria and says he's not worried about lap times and wants to concentrate on getting as much track time to get to grips with the unfamiliar bike.
“I am really excited to get back on the Anvil Hire Yamaha R1. It is really important that we take these tests serious, and get as much seat time as possible,” Risopli said. “It will be a new track for me, so getting up to speed quickly will be important, but I'm excited and looking forward to getting out there.”
McConnell added: “This weekend is going to be great, I'm really excited to be going back to Spain and to Almeria to burn some laps on the Anvil Hire Yamaha. This time Lee my crew chief will be out there with me so we can start developing a solid working relationship with each other. I'm really excited ahead of this weekend, and hopefully we can get some skids and wheelie's pulled.”
Shaun Winfield echoed his team-mates' comments and is also keen to build up a strong relationship within the Anvil Hire Yamaha squad as it aims to turn a stock machine into a race-winning package.
“I am really excited ahead of this weekend, the two days on track will help us in many ways to find our feet with the Yamaha and find the limits a little bit more,” he said. “I'm excited to meet up with the team and get more laps under my belt, it feels like a lifetime since the last test.”