Rob Mac Racing continued their countdown to the new British Superbike season with a day of testing at both Oulton Park and Cadwell Park.

Having enjoyed their first run with the new Yamaha R1 at Donington Park, the team decided to spend a day testing at Oulton Park and Cadwell Park too in a bid to gather more data over different circuits.

All three of their Superbike riders, Michael Rutter, Chris Walker and Graeme Gowland, were on track, as well as their Supersport competitor Dan Linfoot, with each continuing to laud the competitiveness of the Yamaha.

Rutter, who will ride the North West 200 Coca-Cola sponsored machine, is happy with his transition so far from the Ducati he rode in 2008.

''We have had a great weekend, I am getting more familiar with the bike with every lap, and the lads are learning about how the bike works and what we need," he said. "Oulton and Cadwell are probably the most technically demanding circuits and to get vital feedback at this time of the year is crucial. I am really enjoying developing this amazing machine.

Having hailed his first time on the bike as 'awesome', Walker continued to be impressed by his new machine, even if he is now turning his attentions to getting fully comfortable on the bike before the team head to Knockhill for more testing next week.

''The shock factor is calming down! The first few rides on your new bike always take a while to sink in but I am getting used to it. We have had a great weekend - Cadwell was a bit frustrating with the weather turning wet, but Oulton worked out great.

"I am getting to understand the bike, my crew chief Chunky and I are building a good relationship and the bike is starting to feel like mine. We move on to Knockhill in a week and will have the next stage chassis and engine, so all it's going to plan."

''I'm still waiting to wake up! I can't believe how much fun this is, the weather turned bad at Cadwell but I don't mind the rain, it is more important for me to keep riding what ever the weather and I'm loving it," added Gowland.

"I have only raced Oulton and Cadwell twice so I need to get some miles, mind you they are both different places on a Superbike''

Although rain would hamper the team's progress at Cadwell Park, Rob McElnea himself was delighted with the positive reaction he is receiving from his riders.

''Cadwell was a bit frustrating as the weather looked like it might have lasted long enough for us to get a few more miles, nevertheless we have had a great weekend and the new Yamaha R1 has not missed a beat.

"Big thanks to all my team, Oulton Saturday and Cadwell Sunday has been hard work and I would say their batteries are flat. I know they will be full on for our team brew in the morning when we download all the great data we have collated over the weekend.

"The bike and riders are starting to get tuned in and we are seeing the rewards of all the winter work and our rider choices. We have a great mix of personalities and experience, our pit is a great place so far this season and it is looking like it can get event better."



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