Makoto Tamada is looking forward to making his return to World Superbike racing after almost five months on the sidelines having made his debut for Reitwagen BMW at Jerez this week.
The Japanese rider will substitute for the injured Roland Resch during the second round of the season at Portimao, several months after last being seen riding a Superbike for Kawasaki at the same circuit.
Although this remains a one-off deal, by virtue of his commitment to the as-yet-to-race Pro Ride Honda outfit, Tamada was thankful to be getting the chance to sample different machinery.
Getting his first taste of the BMW S1000RR during a test in Spain, Tamada is now feeling more confident about his chances over the race weekend.
“I am very happy to have received this opportunity and my first impressions of the bike were that the engine power was very good and the power delivery was smooth,” he said. “The bike felt heavy at first, but one I got used to it, it felt fine.
“I had not ridden a bike for almost six months, so there was a lot for me to do and at the end of each day I felt a bit tired. But, I really enjoyed the bike and when the team made changes to it, I could feel the changes straightaway and those are good feelings to have.
“I spent the first day getting comfortable with the bike and didn't push hard at all and on the second day we did a lot of work on the suspension and finding a good set-up. We found a good balance to the bike and now that I understand it I am looking forward to racing it in Portimao.”