Ryuichi Kiyonari says he's learning with every lap completed on the Bennetts Suzuki after finishing pre-season testing in Spain after four days at Cartagena and three days at Guadix.
The three-time MCE British Superbike champion got to grips with the Suzuki GSX-R1000 at Cartagena before running setup tests and development work on different specifications of swingarms and shocks to enable the Japanese rider to feel confident when pushing in race trim.
Kiyonari and new team-mate Tommy Bridewell collected a healthy bank of information and data for the Halsall Racing-prepared squad to digest over the next couple of weeks ahead of two final test days at Silverstone (29th March) and Donington Park (31st March).
“I have enjoyed our time out in Spain and everyone has worked hard to prepare for this season,” Kiyonari said. “Cartagena was the first time I really had chance to ride the bike, so I spent a lot of time just riding, getting comfortable and getting sharp; and then we tried some different set-up options.
“At Guadix I tried some different components; different swingarms, different shocks, and we did lots of laps to understand how certain changes affect the bike, and what direction to go in when we are back in the UK.”
Despite the far from ideal track condition in Spain due to the recent cold snap team owner Martin Halsall says he was satisfied with the work produced by his entire squad and heads into the 2016 with upbeat expectations.
“It could have been better and the cold didn't do us any favours, but rather than sit in the garage and moan about it, everyone in the team still worked hard to try different things and gather more information and data ahead of the season,” Halsall said. “These two tests in Spain have been the first times both Tommy and Kiyo have been able to properly assess the bikes, and they have been two very positive tests.
“We'll now go over all of the data and prepare for the final two tests before we go racing next month."