Danny Buchan says he's keen to learn the lessons from his first full MCE British Superbike championship campaign as he adapts to life with Lloyds British Moto Rapido Ducati.
The 22-year-old enjoyed a breakthrough rookie campaign last season and after a steep learning curve climbed on to the BSB rostrum for the first time with a third and a second at round nine at Oulton Park.
For 2016, Buchan has secured a ride with John Hopkin's former team Lloyds British Moto Rapido and has spent the winter transitioning from Kawasaki and on to Ducati machinery.
With a refreshed outlook for the new season Buchan says he's keeping realistic goals while hoping to avoid pitfalls he experienced when trying to override his bike last year.
“I treat everyone the same and aim to beat everyone but realistically you do the best you can with the machinery you have,” Buchan said. “I think last year I made a few mistakes by overriding the bike at the time and I think I've learnt a lot in a character-building year. This year I'm approaching differently by taking each race as it comes.
“I'm not going to sit here now and tell everyone I'm going to win every race because that is what people want to hear and people want to see you fail. I'm going to take a different approach and be more laid back and see how we can build up.”
After testing with the World Superbike Ducati squad at Portimao and fellow BSB team Be Wiser Ducati, Buchan says he was relieved to find how comfortable it has been moving from Kawasaki to Ducati.
“I thought it was going to be much more different than it actually was,” he explained. “Previously I had used four cylinder bikes so to come and get on the twin straightaway I felt comfortable. My guys are very clued up with what they are doing and they made my life a lot easier.
“The step wasn't too much and managed to go faster relatively quickly. That was on a complete stock bike with some factory chassis parts and then we got on the race bike which was really positive, loads of laps – on average 250-300km – so it was good to get familiar with it.”
Next month Buchan heads back out to Spain for further pre-season tests at Cartagena and Guadix before returning for the official BSB test day at Donington Park on the 31st March.