Shane Byrne says the trials of Spanish pre-season testing Be Wiser Ducati endured are over as he's rediscovered his pace after a productive outing at Silverstone.
After the four-time MCE British Superbike champion instantly gelled with the Ducati Panigale R during initial outings at Portimao earlier in the year he struggled with hot lap pace and performance during pre-season tests in Spain.
Having shaken off some of the problems in the final Spanish test Byrne felt the balance of the Ducati bike became much easier to manage running at Silverstone, ending the day seventh quickest overall with just over two-thirds of a second separating him from timesheet topper Leon Haslam.
“It has been going alright, we have still got a lot of stuff to try and figure out and going to Spain didn't do us any favours,” Byrne said. “The bike felt okay from the word go here so we are chipping away and improving the overall balance.
“I think when we first rode the bike in Portugal we were really, really fast and then made some good steps. We suffered a little bit at the Spanish tracks but we seem to have found our way again, chipping away and improving.
“This is called the official Silverstone test for a reason. It is a test and we need to test stuff to get ourselves in the best possible shape for next week. Testing is going very well and I'm quite happy.”
Byrne says he's certain other riders were taking bigger risks at a windy and cold Silverstone and with just over a week until the 2016 season opener avoided taking too many chances and potentially suffering injury on the eve of the new campaign when he will launch a bid for an unprecedented fifth BSB title.
“We are just trying a few different things, there is no one area where the bike is terrible at all,” Byrne added. “The wind is bad here and the track is cold and I'm sure there are people putting it on the line more than I am I'm sure but it is all about next week rather than today.
“I go away from here with some good information and go to Donington Park [second official BSB test on Thursday] and ride the bike there, somewhere different again, to understand where we are at.”