Following its launch earlier this week, the Triumph ValMoto team hit the track for the very first time at Croft today, for what proved to be a head turning track debut, with rider Jim Moodie declaring the machine 'fantastic' and 'race ready'.

The Daytona 600 was put through its paces on a sunny morning in the north-east and team manager Jack Valentine was delighted with what he saw.

"Today went very well indeed!" grinned Valentine. "I don't want to get too excited but we've seen some times today that can equal the best we have achieved in the past.

"My objective was to gather as much data as possible to take forward to our next test and to let the riders get the feel of the bike and feel comfortable out on the track," he added. "We've more than exceeded all of that - we have an excellent bike and the complete package is working really well."

Riders' Craig Jones and Jim Moodie are equally pleased with their first taste of the Supersport racer with Jones, last year's British Junior Superstock champion, describing the bike as 'mega' and 'wicked'.

"Today was fantastic, I really enjoyed it. It's a brilliant bike, the engine feels really strong and the chassis, suspension and brakes are excellent. In fact the brakes are probably one of the bike's best features," enthused Jones.

"It went very well today - there is no major work to do," confirmed the experienced Moodie. "I am just familiarising myself with the bike and the speed but to be honest it only needs minor adjustments and could race right now!

"Considering that the track was cold and dusty today, after not being used all winter, the times were fantastic," added Moodie. " ,we just need a bit more fine tuning but that's being sorted out and I just can't wait to get on the bike again."



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