Rizla Suzuki's James Haydon set the fastest unofficial lap time in Tuesday's Dunlop arranged Croft Circuit test as he found extra performance from his GSX-R1000.

After making his permanent debut for the team at Knockhill just two days previously, Haydon was back in action alongside a host of other top British Superbike teams at the 2.1-mile long Croft Circuit in North Yorkshire. He was delighted to end the day fastest with a lap time of 1m21.3s.

"It's quite nice to be quickest on the day," enthused James after completing more than 100-laps. "Dunlop provided me with some fantastic new tyres towards the end of the day and I really want to try them again on a race weekend - good work Dunlop!

"I also tried a lot of new settings with my Rizla Suzuki - mainly on the front end with new Ohlins gas forks. My crew guided me and straight away those forks were ace. We still need to fine-tune the set-up for each circuit but I am very happy."

British Superbike Champion John Reynolds was also at the test, notching up 90-laps and recording a best lap time of 1m22.4s. He said: "That was hot and hard work. Today I have spent a lot of time riding the bike and pushing myself to my limits, which is just what I needed after such a long lay off for injury.

"There's no other exercise either in or out of the gym that is quite the same as riding a Superbike, so today was invaluable. On top of that, James has gone quite a bit quicker than me on new gas forks that I haven't tested yet. I am genuinely excited about trying them during practice at Snetterton to see if they can help me to cut my lap times."