Ryuichi Kiyonari says he's satisfied by his initial laps on the Bennetts Suzuki at Cartagena as he looks to adjust to new machinery ahead of the 2016 MCE British Superbike season.
The three-time BSB champion has made the full-time switch to Suzuki having competed on the GSX-1000R at the Suzuka 8 Hours. After enjoyed an initial shakedown with Bennetts Suzuki at Brands Hatch, the Japanese rider has begun pre-season testing in Spain alongside new team-mate Tommy Bridewell and says he's happy with his early feeling with the bike.
"I want to just do a lot of laps to understand the bike and team but I am happy and feel very good,” Kiyonari told britishsuperbike.com. “The bike feels completely different, the engine feeling, the riding position is different, the chassis is different but it feels good, the engine is very strong and it feels smooth. I just need to do more laps to understand the bike further and it will be good for me.”
Kiyonari says it is too soon to compared the Suzuki with his experiences with Honda and BMW superbikes due to his limited running time but is confident once his mileage increases he can increase outright performance both over a race distance and a single lap.
"I think it is too early to say where the Suzuki will be better than the other bikes I have ridden, but it is good at turning, the engine is good, the suspension is good,” he explained. “I need to improve the corner entry before the apex but I have confidence in the bike.
“I can push and I can try to find the issues we need to work on. I think we can have a faster entry speed so that is what we are working on next. I am happy so far and I want to do more laps now."