After its successful first test at Croft on 26 February, Britain's newest Supersport team headed to Mallory Park on 6 March to continue with the development of the Triumph ValMoto Daytona 600 race bikes.

Riders Jim Moodie and Craig Jones each completed over 60 laps of Mallory's new layout as they fine-tuned Britain's entry in the highly competitive series. Both declared the day's testing an unqualified success.

"I'm really pleased with how well the bike is coming along," said Moodie. "Early on we discovered we still had a slight fuel problem which was causing the rear wheel to lock when shutting the throttle quickly, but this will be sorted in time for the next test. But other than that, it just doesn't look like we're going to have to make any major alterations at all.

"The chassis and engine are so good already that all we've had to do is work on the settings," he continued. "In the afternoon I had it power sliding and felt so comfortable with the bike that we even had time to try out a few Pirelli tyres. We weren't using timing equipment and due to the new track layout at Mallory, there is no data to compare, but we were as fast as anyone else out there. To have the Triumph ValMoto Daytona 600 going this well on only it's second day out of the box is very, very encouraging."

Team-mate Jones struggled intially to find the right set-up, but once that was sorted he was soon lapping alongside his more experienced team-mate.

"Every lap gives me more understanding of the bike," said the 18-year-old. "I spent a bit of time trying to sort the geometry and suspension but Jim was really helpful and by using settings fairly close to his I was able to spend the rest of the day following him around the track at a good pace.

"I think we actually ended up doing pretty much the same sort of times and I'm sure that there's a lot more to come before the start of the season," concluded Jones.



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