Monster Yamaha Tech 3 riders Colin Edwards and Ben Spies both had a new experience at Jerez on Friday.
For Edwards, it was a case of getting used to a stiffer suspension set-up for his YZR-M1, which he took to seventh place by the end of the one hour practice session - making him the top satellite rider.
“We got through a lot of work in a short amount of time and it wasn't terrible but it wasn't great either. We can make some improvements with the gearing because we were struggling a little bit for acceleration out of some of the tight sections,” said Edwards, who was 1.182sec behind fastest rider Casey Stoner (Ducati).
“We haven't come close to finding the limit of the bike yet and with the new stiffer suspension settings, I just need a bit more time to get comfortable with that. I'm confident that the base package is close but we can definitely make it better, particularly with the gearing,” he added.
Rookie team-mate Spies may only have finished the session in eleventh, but the reigning World Superbike champion - fifth on his full time debut at Qatar last month - was 'super happy', since the Andalucian circuit is one of nine tracks on the calendar that he hasn't previously raced on.
“I'm super-happy with today,” he said. “It's eleventh and I'm over a second off the pace but after only one hour at this track I'm really happy and I don't think it could have gone too much better than it did. I'm only one second away from being really competitive and my quickest lap was one of those when I didn't really nail it and could say it was a great lap.
“And I didn't follow anybody either. I wanted to learn by myself and I know there is a lot of time to come from me and I'm sure we can make the bike better too. There is definitely more time I can find with the fast section of right-handers at the end of the lap. They aren't really hard but you've got to be in a good rhythm to really make up some time.
“Now I'm really looking forward to tomorrow because I like the track. It's one of those tracks if you mess a turn up, three turns later you're still scratching your head trying to get it back. But that is good for me because I really like flowing tracks and this is definitely one of them. I'm a lot more relaxed going into tomorrow knowing I'll be pretty competitive, so thanks to Yamaha and the Monster Tech 3 Team,” he concluded.
The top rookie was home rider Hector Barbera, in eighth.